Office 2019 for Windows and Mac FAQ

Introduction

Commercial and consumer customers can now purchase Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows and Mac. Office 2019 is the next perpetual release of Office. It includes significant improvements over Microsoft Office 2016 and earlier versions of on-premises Office.

To download and install Office 2019, see Download and install or reinstall Office 365 or Office 2019 on a PC or Mac.

For more information, see the following frequently asked questions.

General

Office 2019 is now available as a one-time purchase for commercial and consumer users. Office 2019 is available for both Windows and macOS, and includes classic versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The Windows version also includes Publisher 2019, Access 2019, Project 2019, and Visio 2019. Office 2019 applications don't receive feature updates but do receive regular security and stability updates.

No. Office 365 is our always-up-to-date version of the Office apps, and subscribers already have a version of Office that has all the functionality that's in Office 2019 and more. See a comparison of Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2019

Office 2019 is the on-premises version of Office that includes a meaningful subset of features found in Office 365, but does not include all of the latest features. It is a one-time purchase that does not receive feature updates. 

The latest version of Office is Office 365 ProPlus. It is a user-based subscription powered by the Microsoft cloud, and includes the most productive, most secure, and up-to-date features. It provides access to real-time collaboration and AI-powered features beyond what is in Office 2019, and it receives feature updates on an ongoing basis.

Features like Ideas and new data types are service-backed features that will be available only in Office 365. These features will not be made available in the on-premises versions of Office such as Office 2019.

With the introduction of Office 2019, OneNote for Windows 10 replaces OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience on Windows for Office 365 and Office 2019. OneNote for Windows 10 is included with Windows 10. If you’d prefer to use OneNote 2016, you can install it at any time, including as part of a volume install with the Office Deployment Tool. There are no similar changes for OneNote for Mac: it will install as part of Office 2019, if it is not already present, and includes additional functionality for Office 2019 customers. It also remains available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Learn more, including about feature differences across platforms.

The commercial release of Office 2019 is geared toward volume-licensed commercial customers who have a specific need for on-premises or hybrid deployment and want to have the latest version of Office applications and services available for that scenario.

Consumer versions of Office 2019 are available starting October 2, 2018.

Office 2019 (for both Windows and Mac) is a one-time purchase and does not receive feature updates after you purchase it. Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features that are found in Office 365, but it's not part of Office 365. Office 2019 will receive quality and security updates as required.

Office 365 is a user-based subscription service powered by the Microsoft cloud. It provides access to a suite of services beyond what the on-premises version has and receives feature updates on an ongoing basis. It includes the most productive, secure, and up-to-date features.

For many customers, Office 365 is the way to go. It’s the most secure, intelligent and collaborative version of Office. However, going to the cloud is a journey, and our customers may be in different stages of that journey. This includes hybrid and on-premises. To support those customers, we have Office 2019, a valuable new release of Office with a subset of features from Office 365.

To assess which version of Office best fits your organization’s needs, see here.

Most of our cloud-powered innovation is coming to Office 365 and Microsoft 365. However, we recognize that some customers can't move to the cloud in the near term. We want to support all our customers in their journey to the cloud, at the pace that makes the most sense to them.

Moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way. Therefore, we remain committed to on-premises customers and plan to do additional releases post Office 2019.

Office 2019 is compatible with Windows 10 and the three most recent versions of macOS.

For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system. See the system requirements page for the full set of requirements for running Office 2019.

Note: When a new version of macOS is released, Office 2019 for Mac’s Operating System requirement becomes the then-current three most recent versions at that time: the new version of macOS and the previous two versions. For example, at the time macOS 10.14 is generally available from Apple, Office for Mac will support macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14. Learn more about the latest macOS release here.

No. Office applications are customized for each platform. The Office applications available for Mac users and the specific features that are included may differ from those available for PC users.

People who use Office 365, Office 2016, Office 2013, and Office 2010 applications can open documents created by using Office 2019 without any additional action.

The activation methods for Office 2019 are the same as they were for Office 2016:

  • If you use KMS keys, then you have to set up a 2019 KMS Host to activate against.

  • If you use MAK keys, then you can either activate over the Internet (recommended) or if offline, activate over the telephone.

For more information about activation of volume licensed versions of Office 2019, see here.

No, you don't have to be connected to the Internet to use the Office 2019 applications, such as Word 2019, Excel 2019, and PowerPoint 2019, because the applications are fully installed on your computer.

Although updates for Office 2019 are made available through the Internet, they can be hosted on-premises for disconnected networks.

If you make a one-time purchase of Office, you don’t receive an automatic upgrade. If you use Office 365, you already have the most current version of Office. For more information, see this Office article.

Office 2019 for Windows features

Word

"Get work done easier"

  • Black theme

  • Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions)

  • Speech feature (text-to-speech)

  • Improved inking functionality

  • Accessibility improvements

Excel

"Perform better data analysis"

  • Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines

  • New Excel functions and connectors

  • Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI

  • PowerPivot enhancements

  • PowerQuery enhancements

PowerPoint

"Create more impactful content"

  • Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations

  • Morph transition feature

  • Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models

  • Improved roaming pencil case

Outlook

"Manage email more efficiently"

  • Updated contact cards

  • Office 365 Groups*

  • @mentions

  • Focused inbox

  • Travel and delivery summary cards

*Requires Exchange online account

Office 2019 is an upgrade to earlier versions of on-premises Office, including Office 2016. Office 365 is the subscription service of Office, and it will have the most creative, collaborative, intelligent, and secure features to go along with cloud connectivity. The following Office 365 features are not included in Office 2019 for Windows.

Unlocks creativity

  • Editor in Word

  • Tap in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • Designer in PowerPoint

  • Researcher in Word

  • Ideas in Excel

  • Data Types in Excel

Built for teamwork

  • Real time collaboration across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint*

  • @mentions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

*Real-time collaboration is available in Office 2019 but only as part of Word 2019, and only when used in combination with SharePoint Online.

Integrated for simplicity

  • Shared computer licensing

  • Language packs included

  • FastTrack Options

  • Intune Integration

Intelligent security

  • ATP in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive for Business*

  • Office 365 Message Encryption

  • Office Enterprise Protection**

  • Add sensitivity label in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook**

*Requires Exchange Online account and ATP subscription (standalone or included in Office 365 E5)
**Features coming to Office 365 ProPlus

Office 2019 for Mac features

Word

"Get work done easier"

  • Focus Mode

  • Translator

  • Improved inking functionality

  • Customizable Office ribbons

  • Accessibility improvements

Excel

"Perform better data analysis"

  • Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines

  • New Excel functions (CONCAT, TEXTJOIN, IFS, SWITCH)

PowerPoint

"Create more impactful content"

  • Morph transition feature

  • Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models

  • Improved roaming pencil case

  • 4K video export

  • Play in-click sequence

Outlook

"Manage email more efficiently"

  • @mentions

  • Focused inbox

  • Office 365 Groups*

  • Travel and delivery summary cards

  • Send Later function to delay or schedule delivery of email messages

  • Read and delivery receipts

  • Email templates

*Requires an Exchange Online account

Office 2019 is an upgrade to earlier versions of on-premises Office, including Office 2016. Office 365 is the subscription service of Office, and it will have the most creative, collaborative, intelligent, and secure features to go along with cloud connectivity. The following Office_365_ProPlus features are not included in Office 2019 for Mac.

Unlocks creativity

  • Researcher

  • Data Types

  • Resume Assistant

Built for teamwork

  • Real time collaboration

  • @mentions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Shared documents

  • Activity and Version History

Integrated for simplicity

  • Google calendar & contacts in Outlook

  • Online versions of applications

  • Access on any device

  • Standard .pkg installer

  • Intune and Configuration Manager integration

  • Jamf Pro Integration

  • MAU caching server

Intelligent security

  • ATP Safe Attachments*

  • ATP Safe Links*

  • ATP URL Detonation*

  • Information Rights Management**

  • Exchange Online Protection**

*Must have an E5 subscription or purchased a separate ATP subscription (for E1, E3, and ProPlus standalone SKUs)
**Must have an Office 365 E1, E3, or E5 subscription

On-premises versions of Office, including Office 2019, do not include a vast number of the intelligent security features Microsoft has to offer, because their data isn't connected to the cloud. Users that desire our complete suite of intelligent security features should consider migrating to Office 365.

The security features for Office 2019 for Windows mirror those included in Office 2016 with the addition of Windows Information Protection (WIP) for applications. The security features for Office 2019 for Mac are equivalent to those included in Office 2016.

Language support for Office 2019

For a full list of supported languages, see here. Not all languages are available in all countries/regions.

Microsoft offers simple and cost-effective solutions for multilingual environments. You can install language accessory packs after you install Office 2019 to add additional display, help, or proofing tools. For more information about how to add languages, see here.

Support and System Requirements for Windows

Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows provides 5 years of mainstream support plus two 2 years of extended support as an exception to the 10-year Fixed Lifecycle Policy term. This seven-year term aligns with the support period for Office 2016.

Office 2019 is supported on the following:

  • Any supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) 2018

  • The next LTSC release of Windows Server

The Office 2019 client applications use Click-to-Run installation technology only. We will not provide an MSI file as a deployment method for Office 2019 clients. We will continue to provide an MSI file for Office Server products.

Refer to the Microsoft Lifecycle Support policies for more specifics about support for Office 2019. Full system requirements for Office 2019 are available here. View the initial announcement of this policy here.

Note: OneNote 2016 is available together with Office 2019 and is governed by the Office 2016 Lifecycle Support Policy.

Modern software not only provides new features to help people do their best work, but also new, more efficient manageability solutions and more comprehensive approaches to security. Software that is a decade old or more, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.  By adopting the 5+2 year period, Office 2019 will help reduce this exposure. For more information, see here.

Office 2019 is not supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

For Office 365 installed on Windows 7 or Windows 8:

  • Windows 7 with Extended Security Updates (ESU) is supported through January 2023.

  • Windows 7 without ESU is supported through January 2020.

  • Windows 8.1 is supported through January 2023.

No. Office 2019 and Office 2016 cannot run concurrently on either Windows or Mac.

Support and System Requirements for Mac

Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac provides 5 years of mainstream support. This 5-year term is aligned with the support model for Office 2016 for Mac.

Refer to the Microsoft Lifecycle Support policies for more specifics about support for Office 2019.

Office 2019 for Mac is supported on the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new version of macOS is released, the Office 2019 for Mac Operating System requirement becomes the three most recent versions at that time. That is, the new version of macOS plus the previous two versions.

For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system.

Learn more about the latest macOS release at https://www.apple.com/macos/.

For more information on system requirements, see: http://office.com/systemrequirements.

No. Office 2019 and Office 2016 cannot run concurrently on either Windows or Mac.

Deployment technology

Office 2019 uses Click-to-Run technology to install products directly from the Internet. This makes sure all applications are always up to date. Use the Office Deployment Tool to install Office 2019 or download Office 2019 for deployment on PCs not connected to the Internet. Learn more about how to deploy Office with the Office Deployment Tool.

We won't provide an MSI file as a deployment methodology for Office 2019 Windows clients. We will continue to provide an MSI file for Office Server products. For more information, see here.

To download Office 2019 for Mac, use the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), as per previous releases, together with Microsoft AutoUpdate.

We recommend that you uninstall any older versions of Office before installing Office 2019. Learn more about how to uninstall Office at Uninstall Office from a PC or Uninstall Office from a Mac.

In most cases, the actual download speed of Office depends on the speed of your Internet connection; a broadband Internet connection is recommended for the best download experience.

Icons for Office applications are created when you install Office. You can start the applications by clicking the icons that are installed in the following locations:

  • Windows 10: Start menu. You can also type the name of the applications that you want to start (for example, Word) in Cortana. Or, you can pin an application shortcut to your Start screen or your desktop taskbar for convenient access. For more information, see here.

  • Mac: You can start the applications by clicking the application icons which can be found in the Launchpad and in the Applications folder in Finder.

For help determining which version is right for you, see Choose between the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Office.

Although Office 2019 has no mobile offering, you can get the core Office experience for free on your favorite tablets and phones with screen sizes of 10.1 inches or less. To find and download apps, go to the following pages:

For Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive mobile apps, premium features are available with an eligible Office 365 subscription. For information about the premium mobile features that are available with Office 365, go to Office Resources.

Office 2019 isn't eligible for feature updates but does receive quality and security updates. To download an update manually, see Install Office updates. If having the very latest Office features is important to you, we recommend subscribing to Office 365. Office 365 customers always get the newest features of the Office applications when they’re available.

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