Microsoft Releases Office 2019 in Preview for Commercial Customers
In the second half of this year, Microsoft will make available Office 2019 for on-premises customers. Starting today, you can download a beta of the apps (Microsoft calls this ‘preview) for testing and validation purposes.
This latest version of Office for on-premises users will bring the features that have rolled out to Office 365 customers in an offline package. While Microsoft would love every customer to move to the SaaS model for Office, they know that a large number of their customers still prefer the offline iteration of the software.
Download: Office 2019
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
Office 2019 will only run on supported versions of Windows 10 (Semi-annual Channel), Windows 10 LTSC 2018, and the next LTSC version of Server. If you are running an older version of Windows or Server, you will not be able to install this version of Office.
In addition to only running on Windows 10, Microsoft has shortened the lifecycle support as well. This product will receive five years of mainstream support but ‘approximately’ two years extended support.