Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will take the stage Monday morning at Ignite, one of the company's biggest events of the year held in Orlando, and security will be top of mind as he kicks off the show. And he neatly cleared up the confusion.
Microsoft has announced that Office 2019 has been released for Windows and Mac. It's what the firm now calls the "perpetual" version of Office, or what old-timers like myself might still call "on-premises".
According to Microsoft, it is continuing to devote resources to standalone Office releases to cater to customers "who can't be cloud-connected or receive regular updates". Thus, it is, in fact, a subset of Microsoft Office compared to the versions of the suite-or, the applications-that Office 365 subscribers see. In other words, all your favorite office software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc., are getting an overhaul.
This isn't the way Microsoft markets the product, of course. More details can be found on the Office 2019 FAQ.
For Office 365, Microsoft quietly dropped the year-based version numbers from the Office desktop applications.
As for the Word and Outlook, the company has introduced features like Read Aloud and Text Spacing, make it easier to engage with your content.
And this isn't marketing.
Office 365, on the other hand, now works with Windows 7, 8, and 10, but also uses that three-version shifting scheme for macOS.
PowerPoint 2019 gets new features to make your presentations really pop and new inking features across all the Windows apps in Windows further bolster Microsoft's commitment to using tablets and well traditional computers The new features include a roaming pencil case, better pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects that allow you to naturally create documents. You download this program on your Windows PC or Mac machine, after paying for it once, and you get unrestricted access to all its included apps.
For anyone who uses Microsoft Teams at work - you can now blur the background of a video meeting (providing a useful, if somewhat shameful, way for the lazy among us to avoid cleaning our rooms), and record meetings with a searchable, timecoded transcript.
I've long described Office 365 as a "no-brainer" for individuals (Office 365 Personal), families (Office 365 Home), and businesses of all sizes and types (Office 365 commercial).