Ignite 2017: Microsoft Announces Office 2019 for Customers Avoiding Office 365

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

September 26, 2017

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We are here at Microsoft Ignite this week in Orlando, Florida along with almost 25,000 attendees to hear the latest from Microsoft on the productivity, cloud, machine learning, and AI fronts.

We expect various product announcements to come out during the remainder of the week in product side sessions and will give you a quick debrief on each one as they arrive.

What Was Announced

Office 2019 (Perpetual) - This is the stand alone version of Microsoft's Office suite of software and will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It is licensed to be installed on just one device unlike Office 365 Home and above that can be installed on up to five devices for consumers and according to your licenses for your business or enterprise subscriptions. The company will also release versions of Office 2019 server editions including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.

Why It's Important - Microsoft understands not all of their customers are ready to make a move to the cloud. By releasing these perpetual versions of the Office software and servers to customers, which will likely have a full 10 year support cycle, it gives those customers an opportunity to continue planning their move to cloud based subscriptions and services. While Office 365 customers have seen many new features for their Office suite over the last few years, Office 2013 customers have been on the same older versions of the products without the benefit of the new capabilities that have emerged since then. According to Microsoft Office 2019 will incorporate features such as inking, new formulas and charts for data analysis in Excel, new visual animations for PowerPoint, and server improvements to update IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.

The writing is on the wall - Office 365 and its agile development cycle that introduces these new capabilities in a six month timeframe instead of every five  years is the future of productivity.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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