Office 2019 is finally out and is available for download. If you have Office 2016 installed, it is high time for you to upgrade to Office 2019 as it comes with some of the newest features of Microsoft Office. If you are an Office 365 user, you can continue using Office 365 as it already contains all the features and updates which have been released in Office 2019.
Office 2019 is the stand alone version of Microsoft Office which comes with a perpetual license meaning that it is only one time cost while Office 365 users have to pay a monthly subscription cost. It is especially for those who do not prefer the subscription model and want to pay a one time cost for their Office needs.
Price and requirements
The price tag of Office Home & Business 2019 will be around $249 while you can get Office 365 for $99/year. Office 2019 will only run on supported versions of Windows 10, Windows Server 2019 and two most recent versions of MacOS.
Some Office search functionality requires Windows Search and an Internet connection, for example, Outlook search.
Installation and upgrade
Microsoft has removed the MSI installer from Office 2019. Only Click-to-Run installer is available. According to Microsoft:
With Office 2019, we’re moving the on-premises versions of Office to C2R to reduce costs and improve security. The advantages of C2R include predictable monthly security updates, up-to-date apps on installation, reduced network consumption through Windows 10 download optimization technology, and an easy upgrade path to Office 365 ProPlus.
In my opinion, Microsoft is slowly moving towards the subscription only model and may remove the perpetual license altogether.
When you run the click-to-run installer, it will automatically install Office 2019 in the default location. This installer does not ask the user anything. You can’t upgrade from Office 2016 to 2019. Office 2019 will install along side Office 2016 and even Office 365.
But there is one caveat, although the installation of Office 2019 will complete, it will not run along side Office 2016 and Office 365. So if you want to install and work on Office 2019, you have to uninstall all previous Office versions including Office 365.
Here are some of the improved and few features introduced in Microsoft Office 2019:
Two new dark themes are supported, dark grey theme and black theme. You can change your current theme by going to any Office application File menu –> Account –> Office theme.
Improved inking support for all Office apps
New Excel features like new chart types, 2D maps, timelines, PowerPivot and PowerQuery improvements.
A Focus Mode to let you concentrate on your writing by hiding everything including menus in Microsoft word.
Focused Inbox in Outlook to show important emails on top of everything else.
Microsoft Outlook 2019 does not include modern authentication protocols which I was expecting. I’m using Mailbird as my default mail application instead of Outlook.
The following files are .IMG files which can be mounted like ISO files in Windows Explorer. Just double-click the IMG file to automatically mount and open the contents of the file. Run setup.exe to start the installation.
Since it is a Click-to-Run installer, it will automatically start installing without asking any question from the user. The Office suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Skype for Business, Publisher and Access.