Two months after rolling out to commercial testers it’s Office 2019 for Windows preview, Microsoft is delivering a test build of its Mac counterpart.
Microsoft is releasing on June 12 a preview of Office 2019 for Mac, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. It’s the next “perpetual” update to Office on Mac. Perpetual means this won’t require an Office 365 subscription and will be accessible for purchase to run on a single device once it rolls out in the second half of 2018.
Like Office 2019 for Windows, Office 2019 for Mac includes features that Microsoft already has been brought to Office 365 ProPlus consumers. On the list of new features:
- The roaming pencil case and ribbon custom remaking across Office apps
- Focus mode in Word
- Morph transitions, in-click sequence and 4K video export in PowerPoint
- New charts and operations in Excel
- Focused Inbox in Outlook
Office 2019 for Mac also will include: IT-targeted features, like command-line tools for handling when and how Office updates are put on users’ devices; and support for mobile-device-management and organization-wide security policies, including Visual Basic macros and app settings.
Office 2019 for Mac is supported on two of the most recent versions of macOS. Office 2019 for Mac and Office 2016 for Mac cannot run at the same time on either Windows or Mac machines.
The previews for Microsoft’s next launch of its on-premises/perpetual Office Servers (Exchange Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business Server 2019) are anticipated sometime in the next month or two.