Microsoft has released the latest version Office 2019 for windows and Mac. You’ll get slicker PowerPoint, a Focus mode in Word and more. Word now has a Focus Mode (on Mac), a dark theme on Windows, better inking features and accessibility upgrades like Read Aloud.
PowerPoint has a new roaming pencil case, morph transitions, 4K video export and the ability to insert content like 3D models and SVG images.
Excel offers funnel charts, 2D maps, timelines and new functions.
Microsoft noted that Office 2019 is a once-off release and will not receive any future updates, unlike Microsoft’s Office 365 ProPlus subscription service.
“Office 2019 is a valuable update for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud,” Microsoft said.
“We’re pleased to confirm that we’re committed to another on-premises release in the future.”
Microsoft is primarily competing with cloud services like Google Docs, and its priorities have shifted accordingly.
Commercial volume license customers are able to access Office 2019 from today, and the software will roll out to all consumers over the next few weeks.