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www.office.com/setup Blogs: Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, despite those operating systems being expected to remain in use until 2020 and 2023 respectively.

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www.office.com/setup Blogs: Microsoft in 2017 declared that there will be a successor to Office 2016, so it’s a great news that Microsoft will be upgrading it’s desktop Office in 2018 but only for Windown 10. “This release, scheduled for the second half of 2018, will include perpetual versions of the Office apps … and servers,” wrote Jared Spataro, general manager for Office.

When Office 2019 ships in the second half of 2018, it is expected to add features such as improved inking; data analysis features such as new formulas and charts for Excel; and visual-animation features such as PowerPoint Morph and Zoom. However, the support period for Office 2019 will be shorter than for earlier Office versions. Office 2016 receives five years of mainstream support, during which it gets feature and security updates, followed by five years of extended support, during which it gets security updates. In contrast, Office 2019 will receive five years of mainstream support followed by only two years of extended support — meaning support for both Office 2016 and Office 2019 will end on the same date, October 14th 2025. This year’s releases of Office server software like Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint will also share the same support timeline as Office 2019 apps.

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Microsoft says that reducing the time it supports software will allow it to release apps with new features and better security.

“Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence,” the company writes in a blog post.

WHAT LATEST FEATURES WILL MICROSOFT OFFICE 2019 INCLUDE?

Microsoft has not released comprehensive information about new features yet. In the above blog post from September 2017, however, Jared Spataro, general manager for Office, mentioned a few:

  • New and improved inking features, like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay.
  • New Excel formulas and charts, to make data analysis more powerful.

  • Visual animation features, like Morph and Zoom, to add polish to PowerPoint presentations.

If you’re currently subscribed to Office 365, you won’t have to pay extra for the Office upgrade. Your monthly or annual subscription fees should remain stable, though we can’t promise that Microsoft won’t adjust the price.

Unfortunately, we don’t have pricing details for the standalone desktop version of Office 2019 yet. However, we expect Microsoft to offer tiers similar to Office 2016. Microsoft presently lists the price for Office Home & Student 2016 at $149.99. Open box versions and Amazon deals may be available for less.