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Worth Getting Office 2019?

October 18th, 2020 by Jabez Gan [MVP]


Common questions that I receive is, is Office 2019 worth the upgrade? Here’s break it down here.

Table Of Content:

What is Microsoft Office 2019?

Office 2019 is a local version of Office software, rather than cloud-based. It’s a perpetual release, meaning that you purchase the product once and own it forever instead of paying for a subscription or multiple subscriptions to use it.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Office 2019?

With Office 2019 you can use Microsoft’s latest versions of:

Word: Word has a new look and is black themed. However, it has all the features that you’re used to. Plus, Word in Office 2019 has incorporated learning tools, a new text-to-speech feature, and sounds that you can personalize.

Outlook: You’ll like Outlook’s improved user details, its support, and the look of the inbox. Some new features include:

  • Updated contact cards
  • Office 365 Groups
  • @mentions
  • Focused inbox
  • Travel package cards

Excel: The 2019 version of Excel brings in some great new functions like Power Pivot, 2D maps, and Power Query enhancements. You’ll have access to new formulas, new charts (like funnel charts and 2D maps), and you can publish your work from Excel to Power BI.

PowerPoint: The new version improves the way you can manage images. You can even turn them into 3D views. And PowerPoint now comes with enhancements like Zoom and Morph for a more sophisticated and dynamic presentation.

OneNote: This is an entirely new release in Office 2019. It can replace OneNote 2016 (but the 2016 version is still available and supported until 2025). OneNote now has ink-to-text support. This means that you can convert your handwritten words into a typed text.

You’ll like these new features:

Inking: You’ll enjoy the new inking capabilities across all of Office 2019’s apps such as pressure sensitivity, and the tilt effect that adjusts the ink’s thickness depending on the angle of the pen. It even has a roaming pencil case to store and organize your favorite pens, pencils, and highlighters to roam with across your different devices.

Easy Sharing: The new version of Office makes sharing easier. Office 2019 comes with a share button located on each application in the upper right corner of your screen. A document can be shared with just one click. This lets you share documents in different departments and throughout your organization.

Smarter Attachments: In the earlier versions of Office, you had to attach a document to an email to send it to others, and you had to go searching for the file you needed. Now, if the document that you want to share was recently worked on, it will be displayed when you click on the share button in Outlook along with other recently worked on docs.

Improved Version History: Now, Office 2019 comes with a History Section on the File Menu to make sure files are easily accessible.

Delve: This is a new tool that was integrated into Office 2016. It ensures that you have access to every aspect of your stored data. It includes documents shared or created in Office. This makes retrieving documents much easier.

As mentioned, Office 2019 is a standalone program for business users who either don’t want to use the Cloud or cannot access it. Because of this, most of the features included in Office 365 aren’t in Office 2019, such as the collaborative real-time editing features.

Microsoft advises that whether you move to Office 2019 or decide to go with Office 365, you shouldn’t delay. This is because Office 2016 cloud support will be dropped in 2020. And Office 2016 installs will be barred from connecting to Microsoft’s cloud-based services, including hosted email (Exchange) and online storage (OneDrive for Business), after Oct. 13, 2020.

What are the different versions of Office 2019

Highlighted below are Office 2019 editions:

  • Home & Student: Includes core applications only.
  • Home & Business: Includes core applications plus Outlook.
  • Standard: Only available through volume licensing channels: includes core applications plus Outlook and Publisher.
  • Professional: Includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher and Access. Uses Windows Installer method for offline installation.
  • Professional Plus: Only available through volume licensing channels; includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher, Access and Skype for Business. Uses the Click-to-Run method for online installation.

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student

Office Home and Student, is perfect for home use, school use by teachers and students, and it even works well for writers. It also includes OneNote, which is ideal for the student or writers. OneNote allows you to keep detailed notebooks full of research. You can include text, pictures, and audio for the most complete note-taking experience ever.

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Business

The Home and Business edition of Microsoft office 2019 is very similar to Home and Business. It adds Outlook to the picture, making it an ideal choice for small business owners. All of the core apps are here too. This is a great midpoint between the home and professional business editions of Office, which is why it is perfect for small business owners who are looking for contact management in addition to the core products.

Microsoft Office 2019 Standard

The Standard edition of Microsoft Office 2019 is only available through volume licensing. It is ideal for midsize to large businesses and includes all of the features of smaller editions of Office 2019, but it also includes Outlook for communications and Publisher, which brings simple, professional desktop publishing capabilities to the table

Microsoft Office 2019 Professional

Office Professional 2019 includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Uses Windows Installer method for offline installation. This is where you get into the power needed for corporations and large businesses. Access is a database management system that provides businesses with the means for storing lots of customer data and more. This is only available in the Professional editions.

Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus

You can only get Office Professional Plus 2019 through volume licensing channels. It includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business. Uses Click-to-Run method for online installation.

Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac

Mac users should not feel cheated. For many years, Mac users have always felt that Microsoft left them out of the game, but that’s no longer the case. Now Microsoft gives Mac users an office suite comparable to what PC users have. Office for Mac 2019 comes in three specific editions:

Office for Mac supports Apple’s three most recent versions of macOS.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2019 Home and Student

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student for Mac Edition is the perfect combination of apps and features for casual or professional users who don’t need advanced business features but want all the necessary apps for productivity. This version of Office 2019 finally gives Mac users most of the features that many of them feel they have been lacking over previous editions of Microsoft Office releases.

This edition, like the PC edition, gives casual users and students everything they need to be productive. You get the core programs, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all updated with the latest features that had been introduced in Office 365 over the previous year. There are some slight variations due to the operating systems, but overall, you get the same great productivity and performance in Office 2019 for Mac as you do with Office 2019 for PC.

Microsoft Excel 2019:
New formulas and features help you better analyze and visualize your data. Leverage features like Analysis Toolpak, Slicers, and Formula Builder to save time, allowing you to focus on the small details. New templates help you get up and running faster.

Microsoft Word 2019:
Create stunning professional documents, term papers, flyers, and more with Word. New features include improved inking, roaming pencil case, and a focus mode that lets you write without any distraction. If you share and work on a document with others, you can take advantage of real-time edits and threaded comments that appear next to the relevant text for more efficient collaboration. Improved research tools let you search for information and apply them without ever leaving Word.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2019:
Create, collaborate, and present your ideas with new slide transitions and Animation task pane that lets you have more control over your presentations. Threaded comments alongside your slides let you incorporate feedback into your presentations. Presenter View displays the current slide, next slide, speaker notes, and a timer on your Mac, all while projecting only the presentation to your audience on the big screen. This lets you know what to expect and lets you get a feel for how your presentation is going.

OneNote 2019:
This impressive digital notebook lets you keep notes, ideas, web pages, photos, and audio and video in one place. Whether at home, in the office, or on the move, you can take everything with you wherever you go while. You can also share and collaborate with others. Great for school assignments, work projects, travel plans, party planning, and more.

Office for Mac 2019 Home and Business

The 2019 Microsoft Office Home Business for Mac. Includes the core applications, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and powerful email management with Outlook. This is the same as Home and Student. It includes core applications plus Outlook. The big difference is this one is available for volume licensing, making it perfect for large businesses.

We recommend the latest versions (2016) of Microsoft Office products, but you can save a little by purchasing Office 2010 or 2013. The core applications are in both of these products, which also come in the same basic Home and Student, Home and Business editions. If you choose 2010, you will save money but lose some of the substantial updates. With 2013, you get the best of both worlds — a Microsoft Office product that is inexpensive and still offers most of the power and features of the latest version of Microsoft Office.

Office for Mac 2019 Professional

images CMS PagesThis is the heavy-duty Office for Mac Professional. If you’ve got a corporation or big business of any kind, this is what you need. Includes all of the basic Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Mac Professional 2019 also includes Access and Skype. Publisher, the award-winning desktop publishing software does not come with Office for Mac in any edition, even on 365.

Some of the features included in Office for Mac 2019 include a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations in all Office apps. There’s a focus mode in Word and Excel adds new data-analysis features and more charts and functions, including CONCAT, TEXTJOIN, IFS, and SWITCH. PowerPoint users can now include Morph transitions, in-click sequence, and 4k video export. For Outlook users, there’s the new focused inbox that allows you to organize your inbox for better productivity.

Where Do We Buy

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Disclosure: All opinions remain the writer’s own. There may be paid or sponsored mentions in the above article, but we believe in honesty of relationship, opinion, and identity. We will only recommend services that we have tried and tested ourselves or have done extensive research and find them to be useful recommendations. 

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