On September 24th, Microsoft announced that it is making Office 2019 available to a limited set of customers today, and to all customers in the coming weeks. Office 2019 will be available to Mac and Windows users simultaneously.
Office 2019 is Microsoft’s newly available “on premises” version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and other applications. This means that Office 2019 does not include access to any cloud-based applications or storage. Office 2019 is a one-time purchase that will not receive any updates outside of security patches. The new features available in Office 2019 that were not included in Office 2016 are updates that are already available to Office 365 subscribers.
The “on premises” label contrasts with Microsoft’s primary Office version, Office 365. Office 365 is a subscription service that receives regular feature upgrades and new functionality. Office 365 offers cloud based services to edit and save Office files from multiple locations. Users pay monthly or annual fees to access Microsoft’s products and receive ongoing support and investment.
SIMnet will continue to support both the on-premises offerings from Microsoft and Office 365.
To learn more application-level specifics from Microsoft, please visit their announcement at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/24/office-2019-is-now-available-for-windows-and-mac/