The preview period is over. Microsoft is making Office 2019 generally available starting today, September 24, for Windows and Mac.

Office 2019 is the successor to Office 2016. It’s the “perpetual,” on-premises version of Microsoft’s Office suite and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, Access and Publisher. Microsoft released a preview of these applications to commercial customers in April 2018.

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As Microsoft officials have said previously, the Office 2019 feature list is a subset of what Office 365 ProPlus subscribers get. The 2019 release adds some of the key Office features that Microsoft already has rolled out to its Office 365 subscribers over the past three years.

The Office 2019 release won’t get feature updates; it will get security updates and fixes only.With Office 2019, users will get Designer and Zoom for PowerPoint; new data-analysis features for PowerPivot; Learning Tools like Read Aloud and Text Spacing for Word and Outlook; various security updates across the suite and more.


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Office 2019 is going out first to volume licensees, starting today. It will be available to other consumer and commercial customers in the next few weeks, officials said. And Project, Visio, Access and Publisher are available for Windows only.

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