Microsoft has officially announced that it will be releasing a brand new version of the all popular Office 2019 by mid-2018. The announcement came during Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Florida, early morning on September 26, 2017.

The update will include much need additions to some of the most popular apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Servers such as Include, Sharepoint and Skype for Business will also be getting facelifts with a bunch of new features which Microsoft will hopefully expand on in the coming days.

Jared Spataro, General Manager for Office at Microsoft, made the announcement official on the Microsoft Office Blog.

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What Will Be New in Office 2019?

Office 365 and previous versions of the widely used office suite featured a more cloud forced approach. With the new version of Office, Microsoft is planning to keep its usability as friendly for people who are not as fond of the cloud as possible.

The ability to work more “naturally” was a primary emphasis during the announcement of Office 2019. Improved inking features which include pressure sensitivity, tilting effects and ink replay, along with new formulas and charts will make the suite better than ever before, Microsoft hopes.

Here is the part of the official announcement which pointed out some of the key features of Office 2019:

“Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security,” the official Microsoft blog post read.

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More User and Business Friendly

By improving on better IT manageability and not having to keep everything on the cloud, Microsoft is confident of the new Office 2019 version being better for the regular user and businesses alike.

Preview copies of the updated version of Office will be available by the middle of 2018 and the software could be finalized in the later months close to 2019 as well. Updates on release, features and pricing is expected to be released by Microsoft on Office 2019 in the near future.

For those of you who have already moved on to Office 365, the most updated features are already available for use. There is no updating going on at the moment to Office 2019 and will not be for some time. It is highly likely that Office 365 users will have it easier in terms of moving to the newer version and could even get discounts for upgrading as soon as the update is rolled out.

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Microsoft Should Be Aware of People Jumping to Open Office Suites

The problem with Microsoft Office has always been the complicated pricing and packaging of the entire software suite. Most people can’t keep up with such an expansive and difficult process of having to upgrade and follow tons of mind boggling terms and policies. Which is why the process of adopting open office suites has become so popular. Open licenses and unlimited usability has attracted regular users and businesses alike in catching on to open office software, which Microsoft should keep in mind when releasing Office 2019.

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