Microsoft Office 2019 Client App Preview is Available to Business Users
Microsoft made preview versions of several of its Windows x86 versions of their Office 2019 client apps on April 27, however, the previews are available to volume-licensing customers only. Office 2019, which is due the second half of 2018, will be the successor to Office 2016 and will only run on Windows 10. It will not run on Windows 7/8.1 or, regarding server apps, Windows server 2019. Office 2019 will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio. It will also include Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server and Skype for Business Server. Office 2019 client apps will also be released as click-to-run only, and Microsoft will not provide an MSI option for Office 2019 clients. It will, however, continue to provide the option for Office server products.
The Office 2019 Commercial Preview includes Win32 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio. The previews for Office 2019 servers, which will include Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project 2019, and Skype for Business 2019, will be available for the next several months, according to Microsoft officials. The commercial preview program for Mac is expected to go live within the next several months as well. There is currently no plans to make and Office 2019 preview available to consumers and non-volume-licensing customers.
Office 2019 offers tons of new features to help end users create great content with less time and effort. Some of the updates include new inking features across the apps, such as roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects; there is more powerful data analysis in Excel, new formulas and charts,as well as Power BI integration; PowerPoint delivers great new features like Morph and Zoom.
As previously stated by Microsoft, Office 2019 includes features that are already in Office 365 ProPlus. Office 2019, which Microsoft calls its "perpetual" Office release, is for anyone who wants to run Office 2019 locally, without regular feature updates (security updates only).
Microsoft intends to cut back on support for its perpetual version of Office software. They do not intend to provide five years of mainstream and five years of extended support for Office 2019. Instead, Microsoft will offer five years of mainstream support and two years of extended support in order to align themselves with the end date for extended-support of Office 2016 (October 14, 2025)
There is still no word from Microsoft officials as to whether or not there will be another version of on-premises Office client and server apps after Office 2019, but Microsoft is closely following customer reactions to determine if this whether or not this plan makes sense
For business clients who have been waiting for the Office 2019 preview, it’s here and ready to go, with some expected changes and a few surprises as well.