Here’s what we know about Office 2019 for Mac. There’s a matching page about Office 2019 for Windows.
We’ll update this page as new information becomes available.
Before you get too excited
Do NOT buy Office 2019 if you have Office 365 plan like Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal or an enterprise plan. In other words, you pay for Office as an annual fee.
Office 2019 for Mac is NOT like past versions such as Office 2016, Office 2011 etc. It’s NOT a new version intended for all Microsoft Office users.
Anyone on an Office 365 plan does NOT need Office 2019.
Office 365 ‘subscribers’ have a more advanced version of Microsoft Office already.
Office 2016 for Office 365 customers get regular updates of new and improved features, including cloud-based features that won’t be in Office 2019.
What is Office 2019?
Office 2019 for Windows or Mac are separate versions of Office for anyone who buys the perpetual license.
Perpetual License is what Microsoft calls paying once for the ongoing use of Microsoft Office. Compared to the ‘subscription’ or annual payment model that Microsoft prefers and has been pushing customers towards.
Office 2019 is for non-subscription customers who want some new features but won’t switch to the regularly updated Office software sold via Office 365.
Microsoft wants all customers to ‘subscribe’ to Office because that’s more profitable for the company with a more regular cash flow. But there are a significant number of corporate users who refuse to pay that way or they don’t want the increasingly cloud connected features of the main Office software sold with Office 365 plans. See Microsoft’s dirty little secret about Office 2019.
Who should buy it?
Anyone who wants any of the new/changed features in Office 2019 and is prepared to pay once for essentially fixed feature software.
Unlike the Office 365 subscription releases, Office 2019 will not get any feature updates over time.
Who should NOT buy it?
If you have an Office 365 plan do NOT get Office 2019.
Existing Office software for Office 365 users already have all the features in Office 2019 plus a lot more.
When will it be released?
Office 2019 for Windows and Mac are now available to volume licence and commercial customers.
Individual sales of Office 2019 will start vaguely ‘in a few weeks’ so presumably by mid-October 2018.
A usually reliable source (Amazon) suggest it’ll be sold to consumers from 2 October 2018. See Leaked! Office 2019 consumer release date and prices
Office 2019 for Mac will have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.
According to Microsoft “Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features found in Office 365″. In other words, it has less than the current Office for Mac software sold to Office 365 customers.
There are no cloud-linked features in Office 2019.
Here’s the current feature list from Microsoft, which is not complete, but gives a good idea of what’s in and what’s not in Office 2019
- Focus Mode in Word
- Word Translator
- Improved inking functionality
- Customizable Office ribbons
- Accessibility improvements
- Funnel charts and 2D maps
- New Excel functions (CONCAT, TEXTJOIN, IFS, SWITCH)
- Morph transition feature
- Insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models
- Improved roaming pencil case
- 4K video export
- Play in-click sequence in PowerPoint
- Focused inbox
- Office 365 Groups in Outlook * Requires Exchange Online account
- Travel and delivery summary cards
- Send Later to delay or schedule delivery of emails
- Read and delivery receipts
- Email templates
Mac OS requirement
Office for Mac is supported on only two versions of the Mac OS; the current version and the previous version.
That means Office 2019 for Mac will be supported on MacOS ‘Mojave’ (coming later in 2018), ‘High Sierra’ (Sept 2017) and perhaps the earlier ‘Sierra’ release.
Office 2019 for Mac gets five years of support. That’s Microsoft’s standard for Mac products.
Will there be future perpetual license Office releases?
The latest Microsoft comment is:
“We remain committed to on-premises customers and plan to do additional releases post Office 2019.”
That’s not a firm commitment to the future of non-cloud Microsoft Office. Only that Redmond ‘plans’ to have future releases. That doesn’t mean they will.
The hard reality is, if there’s enough corporate demand, Microsoft will reluctantly release an ‘Office 2022’ or similar.
From Redmond’s marketing and pricing it’s little secret that Microsoft wants all customers to pay annual ‘subscriptions’ and will drop perpetual license Office if possible.
Running Office 2019 with Office 2016
You cannot install Office 2019 for Mac to run ‘side-by-side’ with Office 2016 or any earlier version of Office for Mac.
The Microsoft Office 2019 FAQ has the official line on Office 2019 using Microsoft’s own brand of corporate speak and weasel words.