Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 2019 the volume of customer licenses, promising general availability in the coming weeks. If you do not want to upgrade your computer and are not ready to move your Office activity to the cloud, you probably will not be interested.
What is Office 2019?
Office 2019 is the permanent and standalone license version of the Office. Just as Office was in the days before the commissioning of Office 365 by subscription. You make a one-time purchase and you continue to use it for as long as you want, on a single PC or Mac. The consumer version, Office Home & Business 2019, is not yet available, but Microsoft announced the price: $ 249.
That seems good. Why not avoid a subscription to Office 365 and buy a perpetual license? Well, there are some reasons.
Microsoft clearly minimizes Office 2019
This screen shot above is from Microsoft 2019 Microsoft Landing Page, and it immediately begins with an equivocal language: "For customers who are not ready for the cloud", it is partly clear and partly subtle dark pattern handling. Microsoft has clearly designed Office 2019 as a shutdown for companies that are not ready to switch to a subscription-based model. That's enough. But it also starts to dig a little deeper and to make you understand that you are absent if you do not go with Office 365.
Scroll a little over two points of functionality ("create with ease" and "simplify your work"), and you get this:
Not really trying to sell us on the entire 2019 Office contract, is not it?
The truth is that back in MayMicrosoft has decided to freeze the Office 365 code (a permanently updated version of Office Subscription) and publish it as Office 2019. It does not even have all the features of Office 356 but a subset of these features.
It is clear that Microsoft is now considering Office 365 as the actual version and Office 2019 as an indispensable after-sale solution for customers who have resisted the subscription model.
Office 365 still offers more features and is probably a better offer
So let's talk about Office 365. Yes, it may seem painful to pay another subscription, but believe it or not, it's a very good deal.
Take the Office 365 Family subscription, for example. It costs $ 99 a year and here's what you get:
Six different users can install the full version of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, etc.) on as many devices as they want. The only restriction is that each person can only use Office on one of his devices at a time, which is not a big deal. They also have access to mobile and online applications.
Each of these six users gets a full terabyte of OneDrive space for himself.
Honestly, it's hard to find a good deal on so much storage space, let alone access to Office applications. We have written a complete article on why Office 365 is such a good dealso we will not go into detail here. But do the math. If you have five or six people who need to access Office on some PCs, you plan to acquire over $ 1,000 for Office 2019 licenses (a little less if some of them are qualified for publishing training). This is a solid performance of ten years of Office 365 subscription.
Let's take a look at how Office 365 compares to Office 2019. Office 2019 is when the purchase is complete, until you purchase another version offer. You will get security updates, but no important updates. On the other hand, Office 365 is updated regularly with new features.
Oh, and another thing. Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10 and on the three most recent versions of macOS. Yes, the macOS requirement changes for some reason. According to Microsoft: "When a new version of macOS is available, the system requirements for the Office 2019 for Mac operating system become the three most recent versions: the new version of macOS and earlier versions." It's a bit strange.
Office 365, on the other hand, currently works with Windows 7, 8, and 10, but also uses this three-version lag scheme for macOS.
How does Office 2019 compare to Office 2016?
Office 2019 offers some of the new features built into Office 365 since the release of Office 2016. This includes features such as:
Improved inking in all Office applications
A PowerPoint Morph transition that allows you to create the appearance of a movement between similar slides
Some new types of charts in Excel
A focus mode in Word that hides the elements of the window on the screen to minimize distraction.
A targeted inbox in Outlook that separates your important messages from all the less important messages
Better integration with new Microsoft servers and services (like teams)
There are no other features we have not listed, but it's not very honest. Companies may be interested in upgrading, especially if they use some of these services and require better integration. But for users at home and small businesses, nothing is convincing. If you already have Office 2016 and it works well for you, there is not much reason to upgrade.
If you have an older version like 2013 or 2010, then yes, there are a lot of interesting things in the new versions. However, subscribing to Office 365 is probably the best solution. You will get better support, more features and a lower price in the long run.