Microsoft has long been teasing and beta testing Office 2019 with Insiders. But today, at Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft announced the general availability of the Office 2019 suite of desktop applications for Windows platform and Apple’s MacOS platform. The suite of applications here includes the obvious Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. And for the server side of applications, Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business are included.
There is no major visual overhaul for this release but there are definitely some visual tweaks which we will be discussing application wise further in this article.
Office 2019 launched
So what is new with these applications? Let us take a look at them.
- PowerPivot enhancements.
- PowerQuery enhancements.
- New functions and connectors for Excel.
- Funnel Charts, 2D maps, and timelines.
- Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI.
- Focused Inbox.
- Office 365 Groups.
- Updated contact cards.
- Travel and delivery summary cards.
- Black theme.
- Text to speech feature.
- Accessibility improvements.
- Learning tools like captions and audio descriptions.
- Improved support for inking capabilities.
- Morph transition feature.
- Improved roaming pencil case.
- Zoom capabilities for ordering slides within presentations.
- An ability to insert and manage icons, SVG, and 3D Models.
Microsoft says that this commercial volume license customers will be able to get Office 2019 starting now and it will be available to all the other customers in consumer or the commercial market will be able to get Office 2019 in the coming weeks.
If interested, you can read more about the Official announcement from the Office team at Microsoft here.