Office 2019 was released in September 2018. Like Office 2016, it is scheduled to receive five years of mainstream support which ends on October 10, 2023. But it is important to note that Microsoft describes Office 2019 as a “one-time release” that will not receive any feature updates (feature extensions or improvements), but only quality and security updates. Another difference from Office 2016: Microsoft will only provide another two years of extended support for Office 2019 afterwards, which will end on October 14, 2025 – the same day as support for Office 2016.
Office 2019 is the first version of Microsoft Office that will only run on Windows 10. Like Office 2016, the most comprehensive version of Office 2019 (Professional Plus) comes with the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications, while the Windows version includes Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and the Skype for Business Client (requires Skype for Business Server or Online service) as well. OneNote was removed from the Windows version of the suite in Office 2019 and above as Microsoft directs users to the OneNote app included in Windows 10; additional installation of OneNote 2016 is still possible however.
Compared to Office 2016, the 2019 version comes with a host of improved details that were released as part of Office 365 in recent years. Among them are enhanced design features (support for the SVG format Scalable Vector Graphics and others), new animation features in PowerPoint – including morph and zoom functions, functions for freehand editing, auto-saving and translation – as well as new formulas and diagrams for data analysis in Excel.