New version of Microsoft Office to be released next year

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Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Office 2019 will be released towards the end of 2018.

The cloud-based Office suite, known as Office 365, has been increasing in popularity in recent years although many users are still not comfortable using cloud based software.

The 2019 suite is ideal for these people – those that don’t want all their apps in the cloud. As you would expect it includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook as well as server versions of Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business.

The new version of Office will include IT features and server upgrades that are said to improve usability, voice commands and security, the company announced at their Microsoft Ignite conference that was staged in Orland, Florida. At this stage, there has been no announcement regarding how much Office 2019 will cost.

For those who frequently use Excel, there will be a series of new charts and formulas available, whilst PowerPoint users will surely be impressed with new animation features.

The apps will also come with better inking capabilities for mobile devices – such as pressure sensitivity and tilt effects.

Previews of the new products will start be available towards to middle of 2018 according to Microsoft.

Although Microsoft is trying to encourage users to move to cloud based software, the company is keen to stress that the standalone suite is still valuable for businesses who want to retain apps and servers on-site.

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

Source: Microsoft

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