Microsoft announced the next perpetual update for Office at its Microsoft Ignite event in Orlando today. Office 2019 is scheduled for release in the second half of next year. Like its predecessors, it’s going to bring new versions of Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Office 2019 will also include server versions of SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed much information about Office 2019 so far. It does say that Office 2019 is going to bring new user and IT capabilities for customers who’re not ready for the cloud. There will be new and improved inking features like ink replay, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects which will let users work more naturally.
In Excel, new formulas and charts will make data analysis more powerful. PowerPoint will get features like Morph and Zoom to add more visual flair to presentations.
Microsoft says that Office 2019 is going to be a valuable upgrade for those who feel that they need to keep all or some of their apps on their local machines instead of the cloud. Microsoft will release the Office 2019 preview by mid-2018.
More information about the new iteration of Microsoft Office will be revealed down the line. Expect to hear more about this from Microsoft in the coming months.