Office 2019 Preview Released for Commercial Customers

Microsoft has announced that Office 2019 preview is not available for commercial customers. Office 2019 commercial preview available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote for Windows 10.

In the next few months, preview of Office 2019 for Mac, Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business 2019 will be available.

The preview will be available for volume license customers to try Office 2019 before its release by end of this year. If you are using Office 365 ProPlus, then you will already have the latest features.

Office 2019

Office 2019 delivers new features to help end users create amazing content in less time. Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom. These features are already included in Office 365 ProPlus but are not available in Office 2016.

Office 2019 Preview Released for Commercial Customers
Office 2019 Preview Released for Commercial Customers

Office 2019 also includes new IT value. We introduced Click-to-Run (C2R), a modern deployment technology, in Office 2013, and it’s now used to deploy and update Office across hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.

With Office 2019, we’re moving the perpetual versions of Office to C2R exclusively so IT can take advantage of modern deployment technology to reduce costs and improve security.

The advantages of C2R include predictable monthly security updates, up-to-date apps on installation, reduced network consumption through Windows 10 download optimization technology, and an easy upgrade path to Office 365 ProPlus.

C2R offers the same enterprise-focused management capabilities as MSI-based products and will also support an in-place upgrade when you move to Microsoft Office 2019 from older MSI-based products.

Difference between Office 365 and Office 2019

Office 365 is the user-based subscription service that is powered by the Microsoft cloud. It includes the most collaborative, secure and up-to-date features.

Office 2019 is a one-time purchase that does not receive feature updates after you buy it. Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features that are found in Office 365. However, it’s not part of Office 365. Office 2019 will receive quality and security updates as required.

How to Join Office 2019 Commercial Preview?

I have taken the steps, screen shots and url from Microsoft web sites:

Office 2019 preview is available only through Microsoft Collaborate. First of all to join the Office 2019 Commercial Preview program, you or your company must be registered with Microsoft Collaborate. If you’re not able to sign in to the Microsoft Collaborate portal,

Then in the Dashboard, click on Overview link from left side and then select Engagements to view engagements that are available to join.

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There you will see “Office 2019 Commercial Preview” engagement, select Join, accept the Terms of Use, and then select Join again.

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Then you can download the package.

From the dashboard, select Packages to go to the Packages page, where you will see all packages that are associated with the engagement.

Select a package to view the details and the list of files that are included in the package.

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Select the download icon to download the file.

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microsoft office 2019 download free

If you do not want to participate in the Preview program then select Leave from the Engarements page.

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Office 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018.

References: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-Apps-Blog/Office-2019-Preview-is-ready-for-Commercial-customers/ba-p/187506

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