Office 365 is a convenient cloud solution which is probably the reason why it is so widely used. The software supports healthcare IT and has almost 30 million users presently. However, this figure cannot be compared to the number of people who use licensed versions of the productivity suite from Microsoft as they are estimated to be over one billion users. Last month, Microsoft announced the coming of Office 2019 which will be of great benefit to businesses who want simpler versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.
The Release and Features of Office 2019
Over the past decade, Microsoft has been updating its suite of productivity software once every three years. Since Office 2016 which was launched in 2015 is the latest version of the Microsoft’s productivity suite, users can expect that Office 2019 will be available for purchase by the end of next year. Previews of the new version will be released several months before the final launching.
The features of Office 2019 include:
- Office server programs such as Skype for Business, Exchange, and SharePoint.
- Office applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
- Enhanced “inking” features to enable touchscreen usability.
- Security and IT management upgrades.
- Support of Healthcare IT.
- New PowerPoint presentation features like Zoom and Morph.
- Streamlined data analysis features in Excel.
The Difference Between Office 2019 and Office 365
The major difference between Office 2019 and Office 365 is the price. With Office 2019, users only need to make payment once to obtain a software license that would allow them to own that version of Office forever. Note, however, that Microsoft will discontinue from providing support for users ten years after the product’s release.
Users of Office 365, on the other hand, are required to pay a monthly subscription fee to enable them to use the applications. If you fall behind on the bill, you may be denied access. You can choose to install the programs included in the Office suite locally, or you can access them online. But if you are installing locally, you will need to connect to the internet at least once every month.
When compared with other versions of Office, Office 365 is much easier to update. This is only because of cloud technology. Users of Office 365 will be able to access the features of Office 2019 immediately after its release. However, the IT management requirements of Office 365 is a significant drawback that affects its functionality. Unlike its licensed counterparts, Office 365 can only be set up using one or more servers. With this version of office, files need to be migrated to the cloud and domains need to be maintained.
Small or medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the enormous benefits of the cloud to grow their company.