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Microsoft Office 2019 Is Now Available As a Preview For Commercial Customers

Microsoft has released its first Office 2019 Preview for business customers. This first preview includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote for Windows 10. It also includes server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.

The productivity suite of Windows Office 2019 Preview is for businesses that aren’t running Office 365 subscription and will run only on Windows 10. A separate Office 2019 for Mac version will also be available for macOS in the coming months.

“This milestone is the first in a series of preview announcements for the Office 2019 wave, and in the coming months, we’ll release previews of Office 2019 for Mac, Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business 2019.  Office 365 ProPlus delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience — with the lowest TCO for deployment and management.  But for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 provides an update to the perpetual apps with new features for both end users and IT,” explained Jared Spataro, General Manager for Office in a blog post on Friday.

“Office 2019 delivers new features to help end users create amazing content in less time. Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom.”

These features in Office 2019 are already available for users on the subscription-based Office 365, notes Spataro.

“Office 365 delivers continuous cloud-powered innovation for increased productivity, better security, and the lowest [total cost of ownership]. But we recognize that for many customers, moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way. Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on premises.”

The Office 2019 Commercial Preview is not available for everyone. Microsoft explains that “this preview program is intended only for organizations that plan to deploy the perpetual (volume licensed) version of Office 2019 when it’s released later this year.”

Office 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018. Organizations that are interested in joining the Office 2019 Commercial Preview Program, can visit this page for more information.