Advertisement When is Office available, and how much will it cost? Office is on sale now, but only for commercial-level customers. As always, Microsoft will make 32 and bit versions of Office available. As Microsoft notes: For example, at the time macOS Advertisement Image: To do so, Word will be getting the aptly named Focus mode, which darkens the screen and reduces the displayed UI elements.
Mac users will also now have customizable ribbons aka drop-down menus in their version of the Word interface. Advertisement Also, PC users will now have travel and delivery cards, while Mac users get new email templates; a Send Later function for scheduling delivery times; and read receipts.
Both platforms also get Office Group integration. PowerPoint Image: Microsoft Advertisement The changes for PowerPoint are all about enhanced media and visual element support in presentations.
OneNote OneNote is arguably the biggest change included in Office This is technically a new OneNote release entirely, one that can replace OneNote though OneNote remains available and will be supported by Microsoft through This new version, dubbed OneNote for Windows 10, includes Ink-to-Text support, meaning your handwritten words will be turned into typed text, plus better syncing between connected devices. Microsoft Advertisement Finally, Excel gets a host of new functions—like new formulas and chart options, and support for 2D maps and timelines—to better present and organize your data.
Better pencil support and other tweaks Image: Microsoft Advertisement In addition to these program-specific updates, there are also changes that apply to all Office software. Office also comes with some behind-the-scenes changes such as monthly security updates and a reduction to network bandwidth use. Will Office replace Office ? In a post announcing the software release , Microsoft makes sure to point out that Office is a standalone package of its software geared primarily towards private users and businesses who do not have the necessary internet access required to use the cloud-based Office Because of this, many of the features present in the Office versions of these apps are not included in their Office counterparts, especially cloud-based and collaborative features.
Advertisement Furthermore, Microsoft makes it clear that while Office will be receiving regular security fixes, it will not be getting expanded feature updates, while Office users can still look forward to new and updated features through regular monthly updates just as they always have.
What is Office ? Office is the stand-alone, perpetual license version of Office. You make a one time purchase, and you get to keep on using it as long as you want—on one PC or Mac.
That sounds okay. Why not avoid a subscription fee for Office and buy a perpetual license? Well, there are a few reasons.
Fair enough. Not trying real hard to sell us on the whole Office deal, are they? Take the Office Home subscription, for example. Six different users can install the full desktop version of Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and so on on however many devices they want. The only restriction is that each person can only use Office on one of their devices at a time—not a big deal. They also get access to the mobile and online apps. Each of those six users gets a full terabyte of OneDrive space all to themselves.
But do the math. Office , on the other hand, gets updated regularly with new features. Oh, and one other thing. Office will only run on Windows 10 and on whatever are the three most recent versions of macOS. Yes, the macOS requirement shifts for some reason. According to Microsoft: Office , on the other hand, currently works with Windows 7, 8, and 10, but also uses that three-version shifting scheme for macOS.
How Does Office Compare to Office ? Office does offer some of the new features incorporated into Office since the release of Office This includes features like the following: Improved inking in all the Office apps A PowerPoint Morph transition that lets you create the appearance of movement between similar slides Some new chart types in Excel A Focus Mode in Word that hides onscreen window elements to help minimize distraction.
But still, subscribing to Office is probably the better bet.