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Microsoft Office 2019 coming second half of next year with a host of new features

Thursday September 28, 2017 2:54 PM, & Agencies

MS Office 2019

New York:
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Office 2019, to be available in the second half of 2018, would be available for users with a host of new features including 'inking' and more powerfull Excel and PowerPoint.

The MS Office 2019 is said to be for people who don't want their apps and services in the cloud, the CNN reports.

The suite will include the standard applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and Outlook, and server versions of Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business.

These applications will come with better inking capabilities for mobile devices, such as pressure sensitivity and tilt effects.

The last major update to the suite was Microsoft Office 2016, which came out in 2015.

New Features MS Office 2019

It will look to add a number of new features, most notably inking. Through the increased collaboration of Microsoft’s contemporary software and services, this should make it easier for different contributors to highlight what changes they have made by hand.

“Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay— will allow you to work more naturally,” Microsoft Office general manager Jared Spataro said in a press release that also seems to convey his annoyance having at having to write it.

“New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.”

New ink features like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay. Excel will also include new formulas and charts for data analysis, and PowerPoint will pick up the morph and zoom animation features that Office 365 customers are currently taking advantage of.

Microsoft says it will share more on Office 2019 in the coming months, but for now it sounds like if you’re on Office 365 you’ll still have the most up-to-date features.

Microsoft also made a point of highlighting new PowerPoint animations, which should make the jobs of school teachers across the country a bit easier. There are also new charts and formulas in Excel for improved data analysis.

The last standalone office suite of tools Microsoft released was Office 2016, which was initially released in September 2015, so this will be the first big standalone release in nearly three years.

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