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Microsoft has officially unveiled Office 2019 for Windows and Mac, but it's not very enthusiastic about it. In the official announcement, Microsoft said that Office 365 remains the best choice.

"The new enhancements in Office 2019 are a subset of a long list of features that have been added to Office 365 ProPlus over the last three years," said Jared Spatar, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, in the press release.

Office Home and Business 2019 is a one time fee of $249 for a user. Office 365 charges a yearly Home subscription costing $100. The Business version starts at $8.25/month per user.

Depending on how long you plan to use Office 2019, Office 365 might be more affordable. Since Office 2019 is an on-premise solution, it won't get automatic new feature updates like Office 365. Microsoft said they plan to keep updating Office 365 with new features, and also said that Office 2019 isn't their last on-premise release.

"We see the on-premises version of Office as an important part of our commitment to give customers the flexibility they need to move to the cloud at their own pace," Spatar said.

Microsoft said Office 2019 is for users who aren't "ready for the cloud." The upgrade is for users still using the traditional installed version of Office, and not Office 365.

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The "new" upgrades in Office 2019 include better ways to create content through PowerPoint Morph and Zoom, new charts in Excel, and improved inking for stylus use.

Excel has more data analysis abilities, new formulas, and enhancements to Power Pivot.

Improved inking accessibility across Windows apps offers tools like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects.

The Word 2019 upgrade enhances user focus with more learning tools like Read Aloud and Text Spacing. Focus Mode keeps a user's content at the forefront of the screen.

Office 2019 is available for commercial users now and will release consumer versions in the coming weeks.

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Takeaways

  1. Microsoft Office 2019 is the on-premise version of Office, compiling all the newest upgrades from Office 365 into a one-time download.
  2. Office 2019 costs $249 release, so it's only cost-effective for people and companies that want to keep the same version of office for three years or more. Microsoft did promise that this won't be the last on-premise version of Office.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.