Microsoft Office 2019 is an office suite from Microsoft in the Microsoft Office series and the direct successor to both Microsoft Office 2016 and Office for Mac 2016. Office 2019 has been available on macOS since September 2018 as a subscription version as part of Office 365 and since September 2018 as both a retail and subscription version for Windows and Mac.
The IA-32 and x64 (AMD64 and Intel 64) versions of Office 2016 for Windows are compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, as well as the associated 2012 and 2012 R2 server operating systems and Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. Office 2019 for Mac exists in a 32-bit and, as of Aug. 22, 2018, a 64-bit version and runs on OS X Yosemite as well as OS X El Capitan.
Office 2019 includes the desktop applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. On Windows, Publisher and Access will be added. These applications are provided as a package as part of Office 365. Additionally, Microsoft has released new versions of Visio and Project for Windows as part of the Office launch.
Development on Office 2019 began in 2014, with initial screenshots from an internal test version circulating on the Internet in September 2014. After earlier announcements were revised, development of Office 2016 for Mac was announced in October 2014; this was to align the Windows and OS X versions. A public trial version of Office 2016 for Mac was made available on March 6, 2015. For Windows, a Technical Preview was made available on March 16 and a Public Preview was made available on May 4. On July 9, 2015, the Office 2016 for Mac version was released as part of Office 365, and on September 22, 2015, the final version for Windows and Mac OS was released for purchase. At the same time, Microsoft also released Office Mobile for Windows 10.
On July 4, 2016, Microsoft made a 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac available as part of the Office Insider Program, with a general release on August 22, 2016. The 32-bit version continues to be maintained.
Licenses for Office 2018 for Windows and Mac OS can be purchased at retail and subscribed to as part of Office 365. Educational institutions, as well as students, teachers and faculty, sometimes receive Office Professional Plus 2016 (Windows) or Home & Business 2016 (OS X) for free via Office 365 access through the institution, depending on the institution's contract. In some cases, universities charge a processing fee. Students can check their eligibility to receive Office Professional Plus on a website
Scope of services
The web applications under Microsoft Office Online include the online versions of Word, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, Excel and OneDrive. Office Online is a standalone web application and can be used by anyone with a Microsoft account for free, regardless of operating system.
Microsoft Office Online is comparable to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms or Zoho Office Suite, which are also free.
The paid Office 365 subscription includes, depending on the tariff, additional service offerings, such as a professional e-mail solution or web space for a website, in addition to the web applications mentioned. Up to this point, the offer of the corresponding tariffs can be used with a browser regardless of the operating system and can thus also be compared with the paid offer of Google Apps.
Depending on the tariff, the desktop versions of the Office applications with more features are added, as well as Access and Publisher. For large companies, Skype for Business (Lync until 2015) and InfoPath can be added. The desktop applications require an operating system and are automatically updated for the duration of the subscription.
Office 365 goes back to the so-called Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which Microsoft had offered exclusively for small and medium-sized enterprises. Office 365 was officially presented as its successor in October 2010. After a closed beta phase, Office 365 went into regular operation in June 2011. It was then announced that the existing offering (BPOS or Office Live) would be discontinued by May 1, 2012 at the latest.
Since the launch of Office 2013, Microsoft has also offered the service to private individuals. As part of monthly or annual subscriptions, the buyer receives the right to install the desktop software on two or five devices, as well as additional storage space at OneDrive, free minutes for Skype and access to the Office Web Apps. In May 2013, Microsoft reported that the latest version of Office 365 had sold more than 10 million copies since its launch. In late 2013, the company launched the Student Advantage program, through which learners at participating educational institutions can purchase a license for Office 365 ProPlus for free from the DreamSpark store.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, Microsoft took in more from Office 365 than from the traditional Office suite for the first time.
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