As Microsoft Office 2019 gets set to replace the ever popular Microsoft Office 2016 we question will this be the last non-subscription offering?

With a launch date likely to be set for the second half of 2018, Microsoft have announced a successor to the ever popular Office 2016, imaginatively named Office 2019, it will provide a further non-subscription version of the application suite.

Perpetual versions of the Office application include Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Skype for Business and for servers it also includes Exchange, Sharepoint and Skype for Business also. The 2019 line-up will remain the same

Features

Microsoft has stayed relatively tight-lipped in about the features that Office 2019 will support suggesting that it will ‘add new user and I.T capabilities’ including new inking features like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects and ink replay allowing users to work more naturally.

Further highlights include new formulas and charts to make data analysis for Excel more powerful and if you need more polish to your PowerPoint presentation then visual animation such as Morph and Zoom will give you just that.

Beyond this, Spataro – General Manager for Office highlighted that ‘cloud powered innovation’ is a major theme suggesting that Microsoft Office 2019 has been created as a consideration for those users yet to integrate onto subscription-based cloud services. Microsoft has made no secret that this is the preferred choice (and a more profitable one) but they accept that there is still a need for one-time purchasing. For now.

Customer support

Support offered for one time purchases of Office 2019 will be reduced compared to previous support packages. Office’s 2016 mainstream support ends in October 2020 and rather than matching this decade of support, Microsoft is offering a limited seven-year set to end in 2025.

Add to this Microsoft Office 2019 will only be available for Windows 10 and not Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines and it is clear that this is a restricted offering suggesting the end of one-off purchasing is nigh.

Microsoft has offered one caveat of support customers running a certain version of the operating system in enterprise or education by extending its Windows 10 support for an additional six months to support the transition to the latest version of Windows 10.

Pricing

No official pricing is expected for Microsoft Office 2019 until mid-year however it is anticipated that it will retail at a similar price to the current standalone version.

The single user Office 2016 suite can be purchased for £119.99. Those who want to access the full package including Outlook, Publisher, Access and OneDrive would require the subscription package costing £59.99 for a yearly licence or a monthly fee of £5.99.

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