Microsoft's Office 2019 preview for Windows 10 is ready to download

James Marshall
April 30, 2018

And Microsoft just announced that its Office 2019 preview is available for Windows 10 users to try right now.

Based on the feedback collected from enterprise organizations during the preview period, Microsoft has added several new features such as SOC compliance, ability for IT admins to manage user licenses, controls to enable sharing of Forms outside of their organization, support for question branching and Likert scales and the ability to collect 50,000 survey responses per form. Microsoft explains this is the first phase of the Office 2019. Windows 10 will be having Microsoft Office 2019 overcoming Office 2016 later in this year. In the coming months, preview versions for Mac, as well as Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business 2019 will be rolled out. Rather than a very big MSI installation, Office 2019 comes as a Click-to-Run installer.

Microsoft is also cagey about the future perpetual version of Office, saying only that: "As standard practice, Microsoft will continue evaluating customer needs and industry trends to determine a plan for future versions of our products and services". " All new Office client apps, including Visio and Project, will be only available as the Click-to-Run installer". You can find more information about Microsoft Forms on its official webpage. It is worth noting that these features are already included in Office 365 ProPlus. Timeline feature, Focus Assist, Dictation, Cortona features, PC gaming enhancement are some of the important updated features in Windows 10.

Microsoft Excel is also getting a huge improvement along with Power BI integration, new formulas and chart. But if you hate the subscription model and want an Office version that you only pay for once, then you could always check out Office 2019. In a support page, Microsoft had detailed how to participate in the Office 2019 Commercial Preview programme.

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