Microsoft Debuts Office 2019 Preview for Mac Enterprise Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft today announced the launch of a new Office 2019 for Mac Preview, which is available starting today for its commercial customers.

    Office 2019 for Mac, which includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, is the next perpetual update to Office for Mac and will ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows during the second half of 2018.

    The new software is designed for customers who aren't yet using Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service and prefer instead to have access to perpetual non cloud based apps.


    According to Microsoft, Office 2019 for Mac introduces a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across all Office apps, a new focus mode in Word, a focused inbox in Outlook, new charts and functions in Excel, and morph transitions, in-click sequence, and 4K video export in PowerPoint.

    The update also includes features for IT designed to simplify deployment and management, such as command-line tools for centrally controlling how and when Office updates are provided to users and support for industry-standard MDM policies and preferences.

    The new additions to Office 2019 for Mac are already included in the Office 365 ProPlus plan available to businesses, but are not available in Office for Mac 2016, the current perpetual Office version.

    Microsoft has also prepared a website that lists all of the available features for the Office 2019 for Mac Preview.

    Microsoft users interested in joining the Office 2019 for Mac Preview can do so by following the directions available on Microsoft's support site.

    Article Link: Microsoft Debuts Office 2019 Preview for Mac Enterprise Users
  2. bigboyz12000 macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2011
    My company is on O365 so i guess i cannot benefit from this one. I will test it out on my personal Mac and see how i like it.
  3. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    Am I reading this right?

    So Office 2019 won’t be available to Office 365 Users? I thought the whole point of office 365 (apart from lining Microsoft’s pockets) was that you were always on the latest version.

  4. iamgalt macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2012
    While I'm not a fan of Microsoft on the whole, and haven't been too impressed with their software over the years; I got to give them kudos for still offering a non-subscription version of their software. That's becoming more and more rare these days, unfortunately.
  5. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    Office 365 apps already have all the features that will be made available to v2019 later in the year.
  6. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    From what I can gather from, Office 365 will always have the latest and greatest, while "Office 2019 for Mac" will be a standalone product.
  7. MattXDA macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    I think the features are already in Office 365. This is just a standalone suite to bring the previous Office 2016 up to date.
  8. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    You may have some confusion regarding this:
    It's not available for Office for Mac 2016, not Office 365. 365 works just like you initially assumed.
  9. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Maybe Microsoft will get some more money from me this year. I refuse to subscribe to a word processor, but there’s probably enough changes from the 2011 version I’m running now to justify the upgrade.
  10. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Looks like most of the new features are already there in Outlook 16.9+

    Microsoft dropped the 2016 from the name for Office 365 users.

    Office 2019 is probably mostly marketing to sell to those that need the perpetual license.

    Not sure what version people with a perpetual 2016 license can update to, but I wonder if they don't get updates beyond version 15. v16 was released months ago (at least for O365 users).
  11. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2014
    I’m not a big fan either but nothing beats Excel in my opinion. Word is still great at least in the 2016 version (2011 was bad). PowerPoint is my least favourite one. I prefer Keynote which does more and way easier.
  12. patthedog macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2014
    I have to confess that I have no idea what a "roaming pencil case" is. I just hope it's nothing like a talking paper clip.
  13. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Microsoft is getting better and better. Wish Apple took iWork more seriously.
  14. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    They were updating Office 2011 until some time last year I believe. While past performance is no indicator of future results, I would imagine MS will continue to provide updates/patches to O2016 at least until O2019 is final and on sale, and probably after that for some time, at least for security issues.
  15. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2017
    I suspect that this will be the last perpetual licence release before MS go fully Office 365.

    I suspect that the next stage of productivity advances will be almost exclusively based around machine learning in Microsoft’s azure cloud and that the applications will start to become so linked to azure that making standalone versions just won’t be worth it.
  16. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
  17. bernuli macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    I bought Office 2016 with high hopes of it being better than Office 2011. As far as I can tell, it is the same software, only clunkier.
  18. jmkinny macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Wonder if Microsoft decided to have Office 2019 support CalDav and CardDav.... I doubt it, but here's hoping.
  19. konqerror macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2013
    Unlike Windows, Mac Office uses the exact same binaries for subscription and perpetual. Only difference is that some features are switched off depending on the license type. I do suspect after 2019 is released, 2016 users be branched into their own maintenance release.
  20. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    365 also syncs things between devices and allows for real-time collaboration. I still prefer the standalone version and will always continue to use them wherever available. The subscription model sucks. Before you know it you’re quickly paying hundreds of bucks a month for all sorts of services. Great for the shareholders and bad for us.

    Office has also gotten to the point where the difference between 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016 is really trivial. Besides slight UI changes and new templates not much has changed since the ribbon was introduced back in ‘07. Office 2016 looks more like the Windows product than it ever has been before imo. The UI in Windows was always better than the Mac version until now.
  21. konqerror macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2013
    Nope. At minimum, between 2013 and 2016, Microsoft went 64 bit, rewrote the OS interface layer to Cocoa from Carbon, and designed it to run in the App Store sandbox. In 2016 v16, Microsoft switched the core code to be common across Windows, Mac, and mobile.
  22. ATC, Jun 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018

    ATC macrumors 65816

    Apr 25, 2008
    Our company just transitioned to O365 and with it employees get over 10 Office licences each for personal use (the full Office suite on 5 desktops and 10 mobile devices - 5 smartphones and 5 tablets). Check with your IT/IM department you probably have the same deal.

    You can also go to and log in with your corporate account and you'll see the Install Office Apps drop down menu near the top right.
  23. Morgenland, Jun 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018

    Morgenland macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    I hope that this will be a turnaround for subscription ideologists at Microsoft, Adobe and others. Personally, I've suspended any investment in this area.
    I thank Microsoft for this meaningful retro-innovation (for the first time in 20 years ever).

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