Microsoft earlier this week announced the release of the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac – that joins the already available test build of Office 2019 for Windows Preview released to testers on April 28, 2018.
Office 2019 for Mac is the next “perpetual” update to Office on Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Perpetual means, it won’t require an Office 365 subscription to run and can be purchase to run on a single device.
Microsoft will be releasing the final bits alongside Office 2019 for Windows in the second half of 2018.
This release of Office 2019 for Mac includes features that already are available to Office 365 ProPlus customers and aims to help creating content in less time. Among new feature, include:
Here is an image of Focus mode in Word:
- Roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across Office apps
- Focus mode in Word
- Morph transitions, in-click sequence and 4K video export in PowerPoint
- New charts and functions in Excel
- Focused Inbox in Outlook
In addition, Office 2019 for Mac will also include features to simplify deployment and IT management, like “Command-line tools to centrally control how and when Office updates are applied to users’ devices, and support for mobile-device-management (MDM) and organization-wide security policies, including Visual Basic macros and app settings.
Also, recent integration with Jamf Pro will add additional control and easier managing the velocity of Office updates across devices.
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Also, previews of Microsoft’s on-premises / perpetual Office Servers, including “Exchange Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business Server 2019” are expected sometime in the next few months.
For a longer list of the end-user features in Office 2019 for Mac, see the FAQ.
Interested, you can join Office 2019 for Mac preview by signing up here.