Reasons why Microsoft prefers Office 365 to Office 2019
In the recent 3-video series of "The Twins Challenge" from Microsoft to compare Office 2019 with Office 365, the twins Jeremy and Nathan calculate the differences in Excel, Cynni and Tanny present findings on PowerPoint, while Scott and Sean test Word. It seems that the company is hoping people will choose Office 365 service package instead of Office 2019, even though both of them are all outstanding products of Microsoft.
Introducing Office 2019 in September 2017, Microsoft said it was intended for customers who were not ready to use cloud data. And just a few months ago, when the Office 2019 was officially launched in September 2018, the company promised that this would not be the final version. It also committed to releasing more on-premise versions in the future.
However, although Office 2019 is always ready to sell now, Microsoft actually wants its users to sign up and use Office 365 instead. It seems that the tech giant owning Windows operating system is not satisfied with the number of 33.3 million people using the service at the moment.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has compared its basic version of Office with its cloud-powered brother. But this year, the company is hoping to beat other companies with cloud platforms and AI features as well.
According to Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, Office 365 includes all fully installed Office applications, including the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. These applications will get better and better with many new features added every month.
Most importantly, Office 365 is connected to the cloud, so users can access it from any device they have in their hand. It also supports the co-author feature so users can share their content with other users (regardless of whether they buy an Office version) and use the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to work without much manipulation.
Besides, Office 2019 also provides a full installation of Office applications but with frozen features. This package is not updated nor connected to the cloud. In addition, Office 2019 does not support co-author on the application, and does not have the excellent AI support that comes with Office 365.
Microsoft can provide AI features in Office 2019 in the future, but we certainly have to wait until this service pack is supported with cloud computing. Currently, Office 365 is still considered the most complete and secure cloud productivity suite of Microsoft.
By: Quinn Abrams