Finally, we can count with another upgrade for the standalone version of Microsoft Office, after 3 years of it’s last release. Let’s do a quick review of the differences between Office 2019 and it’s predecessor, office 2016. We’ll talk about the reasons that justify it’s upgrade.

Let’s clarify: you can purchase office 2019 which is a stand-alone, one-time version with no renewal fees. It was suspected that it could be the last Office version with perpetual license, but Microsoft later clarified that there will be at least one more. Don’t expect this kind of releases to be sold for much longer, because this business model is being set aside until it gets completely deprecated in favor of the subscription model.

This way, when you purchase a license for microsoft office 2019, it never expires. The disvantage is that you won’t get the latest feature updates that Microsoft releases. Nonetheless, for users that do not make use of the cloud features or the advanced collaborative features, the standalone version is a worthwhile investment because there’s still new features that continue to justify upgrading from one version to another.

What’s required to run Office 2019?

The differences in requirements from office 2016 to 2019 are not significant, and any modest computer can run Office 2019 without issues. This time you need to be running Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, or the 3 latest OSX version for Mac. When a major upgrade is released for Mac, Microsoft discards support for the older version in favor of the newest.

Is it worth upgrading from Office 2016 to 2019?

Short answer is: Yes. Whether you upgrade to office 2019 or office 365 you should upgrade your version of Office, as cloud support for Office 2016 will be discontinued by October 2020. When that day arrives, office 2016 will be disconnected from the cloud services that Microsoft provides, including applications like Exchange or Onedrive.