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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 207 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Useful Document Creation & Editing Tools

    Posted
    scovartwo
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Before I received this newest version of Microsoft Office, I had been previously using a much older version of Microsoft Word, of which I mainly used Microsoft Word for typing and editing basically anything. I would regularly prepare e-mails in Word and then copy and paste the edited e-mails into the online Outlook e-mail service before sending the e-mail. Now that I have the Outlook desktop program, when creating a new e-mail in Outlook, it has all of the basics that Word has, and so it is now possible to do the typing and editing of e-mails all in the Outlook program. I was mostly anticipating being able to use Outlook for desktop so that I could test out how well incoming e-mails would sound an audible notification on my desktop, that way when I received an e-mail, I would know as soon as possible. I had previously been relying upon the Android Outlook app for e-mail notifications, but Outlook for Android does not have push notifications, it only has the option of transferring e-mail notifications to my smartphone every 15 minutes. Now with Outlook for desktop, push notifications are now possible, and now when I receive an e-mail, I receive a notification on my Windows desktop very quickly after an e-mail arrives. At the top of the Outlook app, there is a button that says get add-ins. This allows you to choose from a whole lot of add-ins that can be added to the Microsoft Outlook program. My favorite add-in is for some reason not included in the list of add-ins showing in the Outlook program, it is necessary to do a Google search for the words: Dictate for Microsoft Office, then look for the option that says Microsoft Garage, and this will take you to the Microsoft website where you can download the Dictate add-in. The Dictate add-in adds the speech to text functionality to the Microsoft Office programs. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/garage/profiles/dictate/ The Outlook app is for some reason not optimized very well when it is first installed and opened, it by default displays the texts of the e-mails kinda small, and it is sort of a process to increase the size of the text so that the e-mails appear big enough to be seen easily. But at least it is possible to increase the text size so that e-mails are easier to view. It is even possible to set it up so that e-mails from certain senders will appear in a chosen color of text. If I had not found the option of increasing the size of the text, it would have been a real hassle trying to read e-mails with small text. If Microsoft could make the text size a bit bigger by default in the Outlook program, then this would be better. The Outlook e-mail app by default only synchronizes 3 months of e-mail history, and when I realized that I was not seeing some of my older e-mails that were showing in my Outlook.com account, I did a Google search and found a Microsoft customer service webpage, which allows putting in a request to be called back by the Microsoft tech support department. Here is the website address of which to request a call back from the Microsoft tech support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/contactus/office/ This website also allows the option to chat with a Microsoft tech support representative and ask questions about the functioning of any of the Microsoft Office programs. When Microsoft called me back, the tech support personnel quickly was able to help me with changing the setting of how many months of e-mails to synchronize, and so it is possible to switch to the option of synchronizing all e-mails from the past. This is another default which could be optimized, why not set the default so that all e-mails from the past are synchronized automatically, it seems like this might be a more commonly desired setting. The Microsoft website of: https://support.office.com/en-us/office-training-center has online training articles and videos which show the basic functioning of the office programs that are included with Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019. At first I had no luck playing the online training videos because of an incompatible browser, and I found out that the training videos cannot be viewed unless using the Microsoft Edge browser, or the Internet Explorer browser. At least the training videos are online for customers to access, as this allows some level of training for the included office programs. The Microsoft training website does say Office 365 Training Center, but I contacted Microsoft tech support and was told that the online training materials are valid for the desktop versions of the Microsoft Office programs. The online selection of Microsoft Office training material is pretty decent. I am not able to include many details of all of the programs that are included in Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019. There is so much that can be done with these Office programs, and I am not trained in Excel, Power Point, or One Note. I mainly have been testing the Microsoft Office programs that I already had a bit of practice using, which is Outlook and Word. One day I had downloaded a copy of my Google contacts, so that I could import my Google contacts list to my Outlook account, and I did notice that the contacts.csv file did have a Microsoft Excel icon on it, so I knew it could be edited in the Microsoft Excel program. Upon opening the contacts.csv document in Excel, it did allow me to easily add in any incomplete details of my contacts list. I think that any customer who has Microsoft Office Home and Business installed on their computer, would be benefitted if Microsoft would expand their online assortment of Office training videos and articles, so that customers could maximize their usage of the Microsoft Office programs. I feel as if this suite of Office programs has a varying value to customers, based upon how much a customer is able to accomplish with the Office programs. If a customer is lacking in knowing how to use the Office programs to the fullest, then the Office programs will naturally seem less valuable. To a customer who has a greater level of training using the Microsoft Office suite of programs, this person is naturally going value the Office programs more. Learning how to use the Office programs by watching training videos, is indeed a bit easier than pressing all the many available options for hours, trying to learn the hard way all of the various functionalities of the Office programs. It is easy to see why Microsoft Office is one of the most popular document creation and editing tools, as there is so much that can be accomplished having the Microsoft Office suite of programs, which could not be accomplished otherwise. I am rating Microsoft Office Home and Business at 4 out of 5 stars, and I would rate it better, if Microsoft were to add a more extensive collection of online training videos and articles, so that the lesser trained customers, could make better use of the Microsoft Office programs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there,

      Thank you for taking the time to write out such a thorough review. We value customer feedback and love hearing about our customers' Office experiences.

      With what you've written, we think it'd be valuable feedback in our User Voice site. There, you can give feedback for our developers to see and engage with about Office and other Microsoft products. When you have the time, we'd love to have your review there. Here's the link: https://office365.uservoice.com/

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You Actually OWN this Software

    Posted
    Daddio
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Most people are familiar enough with MS Office through years of use, to know that it’s the premiere Software Suite for any size business. The long successful run of MS Office gives you reliable and feature compatible access to old archived documents that may have been written or created decades ago by people long retired. It’s also powerful and up to date with the latest features and codecs that allow creation of documents that interface with the most complex cloud based multinational intranet and internet systems around today. However, it’s both blessed and cursed by this history of spanning decades. It’s has become somewhat bloated with the code necessary to handle so many legacy file types and documents and it is so feature laden that the dashboard looks like the panel on a fighter jet and every switch is many layers deep. Personally, I find it does everything I am capable of remembering or doing with word, finance, communication, presentation or data processing, but I suspect that my co-workers and I are taping into less than 20% of what it’s capable of doing. For this reason, the biggest downside is not that there is anything that MS Office can’t do, it’s that in the quest to make it desirable enough to cause users to ditch an older version and switch to a new one, Microsoft has a tendency to fiddle with the functionality and methods of getting the job at hand done, just for the sake of answering the question “What’s NEW?”. Microsoft has millions of customers who are perfectly happy with the version of MS Office that they own, know and love and it’s become harder and harder to generate MS Office sales. Thus Microsoft and many other software companies have pushed, prodded and shoved their loyal but unprofitable customers into the “Subscription Based” model. All companies would rather have a steady (even if slightly smaller) steam of revenue each year than a gigantic glut of business every 5 years or so with almost no money coming in in the years between that don’t have a major version upgrade. Thus, Office 365 was born. If you read the fine print of the Office 365 ULA when you clicked “I Agree”, you’ll notice that you don’t own the software you just paid money for, you’re just renting it. If you ever stop paying the rental fee and retire the computer registered to that software and then activate the computer years later to use it again, the software won’t work. Most people won’t care about that and they probably lease their cars, furniture and apartments with no worry, but for a cranky few like myself, it just doesn’t seem acceptable. For we paranoid few, MS Office Home and Business 2019 is worth the cost. It doesn’t do anything better or faster than MS Office 365, but it will continue working in its current form for many years without the operator interface changing radically. (Some of the) New Features: Outlook – View up to 3 times zones simultaneously to schedule meetings and events. - Easily play received email text-to-voice audio, to listen to emails while you multitask. - Many new ways to sort In-Box emails to organize priority. Word - Book-like Page Navigation - Improved Digital Pen Integration - Easily insert a 3D model into a Word document, and then rotate it a complete 360 degrees. Readers with Office 2019 will be able to rotate it too. PowerPoint - Use 3D models to increase visual and creative impact in presentations. Easily insert a . 3D model, and then rotate it through 360 degrees. - When you export a presentation to video, 4K resolution is now an option. - Use a Surface pen, or any other digital pen with a Bluetooth button, to advance the slides. Excel - Many new advanced math functions available - New world and individual country maps available to automatically chart onto. - New tools for selecting, deselecting and removing extraneous cells. Office 2019 PROS: - Features and tool locations never change unexpectedly due to mandatory updates. - High functional power and compatibility - Can fully utilize the power of the newest computers. - Communicates and works with users of Office 365 when necessary - Does not need internet connection for most functions and files if desired Office 2019 CONS: - More expensive in the short and midterm compared to Office 365 - Needs more hard drive space than Office 365 since almost nothing resides in the cloud. CONCLUSION: - MS Office 2019 is not for everyone, but those who prefer the function stability of pre-365 MS Office will appreciate it. Microsoft promotes and sees financial advantages in subscription services, so don’t be surprised if buy-to-own Office versions like Office 2019 become unavailable in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there,

      Thank you for your detailed review of your Office 2019 experience. We value customer feedback and appreciate the time you took to write this. To address your concern of accessing only a portion of what Office can do, we suggest taking a look around our Support Center. It's filled with articles addressing broad overviews and detailed close-ups of all the Office apps and what's available to you. Take a look at it all here: https://support.office.com/

      We're happy you're a part of the Microsoft family and we hope you continue to enjoy your experience with Office.

      Take care,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent alternative to Office 365, but...

    Posted
    BravoMan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’m glad to see that Microsoft is still providing a standalone copy of Microsoft Office that does not require to be connected to the internet all the time. Unlike Microsoft Office 365, buying a copy of Office Home & Business 2019 means that you only have to pay the licensing fee once and that is it. Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 is also a nice alternative for people that do not want to pay a monthly fee, for those that cannot be cloud-connected all the time or receive regular updates. With Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019, you gain access to the latest version of the following applications: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft OneNote (OneNote is absent from the suite as the UWP version of OneNote bundled with Windows 10 replaces it. However, OneNote 2019 can be installed as an optional feature on the Office Installer). Purchasing a copy of Office Home & Business 2019 allows you the ability to use this product for both home and commercial use. Now for the not so fun part and this is where I had to drop a star for this product. Prior to upgrading to Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019, I had Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus that I obtained through a previous employer. I honestly did not need the majority of the applications that were included with the Pro Plus version (honestly the applications that are available in Office Home & Business 2019 are all that I need). The problem that I have with Office Home & Business 2019 is that not a whole lot has been changed. A lot of the visual aspects of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus are still VERY similar to Office Home & Business 2019. Additionally, the feature list provided by Microsoft does not indicate that a whole lot has been changed even between Microsoft Office 2016 to Office Home & Business 2019. Here’s the feature list for their applications available in the Office Home & Business 2019. Microsoft Word New Black theme, learning tools such as captions and audio descriptions, speech feature or also known as text-to-speech, and improved inking functionality, which is mostly used on devices with a touch-enabled display and pen. Microsoft Excel Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines, new Excel functions and connectors, ability to publish Excel to PowerBI, PowerPivot enhancements, and PowerQuery enhancements. Microsoft PowerPoint Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations, morph transition feature, ability to insert and manage icons, SVG, and 3D models, and improved roaming pencil case. Microsoft Office Updated contact cards, Office 365 Groups (this will require an Exchange online account), the ability to @mentions people, focused inbox, and travel and delivery summary cards. Beyond this somewhat small issue for myself and for people that already have a relatively recent version of Microsoft Office, there is some benefit to upgrading to Office Home & Business 2019. Especially if you are using an older version of office such as Microsoft Office 2007 or Office 2010. Upgrading to Office Home & Business 2019 is an ideal choice to take advantage of all the latest features available for Microsoft Office.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect!!! 4.5 Stars

    Posted
    Robsapremiresilver
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    So, I have had 2013 Home & Office, 2016 Office and the 365 and now I have a chance to look at the 2019 Office Home & Business for the first time Desktop License, not 365 version. This means no access to MS Publisher if you are interested in that you can get that in the Office 365 Business with paid mo. Subscription or Office 365 Business premium. Was looking forward to seeing the new features for the office suite since the 2016 version that launched in September of 2015. So, with no further ado here we go. The 2019 Home & Business suite comes with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Note, and Outlook (The email app in this suite). The new features are listed here. • Excel: Businesses can take advantage of new Excel functions, Power Pivot and Power Query enhancements, and 2D maps. Users can also publish from Excel to Power BI in the Office 2019 version. • Outlook: Microsoft has updated contact cards, support @ mentions within Outlook and introduce focused inbox features. • Word: Word has a new black theme, sounds integrated into Office 2019, learning tools and text-to-speech features. There are various accessibility and usability improvements. • PowerPoint: Microsoft added enhanced zoom capabilities, the ability to manage 3D images within the program and enhanced roaming pencil case features. • OneNote: OneNote is arguably got the biggest update. Microsoft said in a separate release that it combines OneNote 2016's best features with Windows 10 usability. These features include ink-to-text, improved syncing and an enhanced user experience. Excel - Works awesome, the new pivot features are a synch and its ability to publish directly from Excel to PowerPoint works like a charm. It takes some time to get used to the sizing the charts or data you are publishing. But it’s a nice touch to both programs in the suite. Outlook – This one is a bit different. The Outlook program tends to freeze-up when it is updating your emails or downloading pictures from an email sent. Just seems a bit slow to respond. Even deleting emails seems to be a bit slow. Maybe this will be fixed in a new update and I will keep you posted on this. Also, there is a glitch when the Outlook program is open. It has a file called archive.pst that does not allow you to open your One drive while in use. Again I am sure this is a bug and can and will be fixed. This is the only reason I give 4 Star review. If I could give 4.5 I would. Word – Again if you like the 2016 version of this you will enjoy its enhancements such as texed to speech which is my favorite. I have the Dragon program but when you're in the word program this is just as good a program and its built in. Nice touch. PowerPoint – I am not a heavy PowerPoint user but I can see how the 3d imaging and the roaming pencil will work for those that are heavy users. Especially with collaborative teams such as advertisers can use these powerful features. One Note – This feature is said to have had the biggest improvements and this also is a good upgrade from the 2016 version. I just did a quick view of this one and is no different. Whether you are taking notes in school, or in a meeting you can later view these online or on your phone while at lunch. Now, this program allows you to capture recipes online, integrate excel worksheet data in notes and share them online with classmates or team members. Has so much functionality with the way we create and share important notes or meeting, minutes whatever you call them, they are there for you and others at the touch of a screen at home or away. Very nice!!! This is a great program and I know the folks at Microsoft and listening to these reviews and the improvements yet to come will be heard soon. I would recommend this program to all my friends and associates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade and a must have for any home office!

    Posted
    btb2k
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    Office 2019 is a must have for any Business, or Home Office user who's looking to get a license up front and be set for the years to come. The key difference between Office 2019 and Office 365 is that Office 365 receives feature updates more often both of course receive security and fixes as they come out. If you have an older version of office, I'd highly recommend 2019, especially, if you're looking to just purchase it one time or I'd recommend Office 365! At the end of the day the software - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc (depending on the version you purchase) are the same though the Office 365 version may have a few features that come later that you won't get on the standalone version. In terms of What's New in 2019 vs. 2016 there are are some new features but the bulk of the new features are within Word and PowerPoint. I like the new enhancements to language translation and inking for documents - especially if you have a Touch/Pen enabled device! There are a few new features in Excel and Outlook but in terms of the features I use it's pretty much the same as 2016 which is why I gave it four stars instead of five as I was hoping for more features and enhancements to help you work with larger sets of data and improvement on data analysis tools - perhaps some of that AI that's out there. Like with previous versions, I'm impressed with the stability and speed of the new version of Office though Excel I think could use some new features that help with handling big data more efficiently and efficiently use the full processing power of newer computers. Other miscellaneous things I like include the new black theme which is long overdue- there really should be more options to customize the look/feel. In all, it's a great upgrade for anyone who has older versions of Office (especially those now unsupported versions!). For new users, these tools are essential for Writing, Editing, and processing your data - these tools are the best out there. After all, they have been around for 30 years plus for a number of good reasons, and though there are other options Microsoft provides the best advanced functionality with customization ability while servicing the basic user needs without complexity in between. In all, I highly recommend it as this software is able to handle the small simple tasks all the way up to the complex hard number crunching tasks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello,

      We're happy to learn of the ways Office 2019 is helping you to achieve more. We're also happy to hear your feedback about the latest version of Office - customer feedback is what drives our business!

      To address your comment about Office handling data, we recommend reading the information at this link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-a-Data-Model-in-Excel-87E7A54C-87DC-488E-9410-5C75DBCB0F7B

      If that doesn't satisfy your craving, check out this link:https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Work-smarter-with-intelligent-services-4145a3f6-2d98-44db-8a8d-c77343eb90f1

      On that webpage, you'll learn how Office is now able to use artificial intelligence to help you achieve more.

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks and smells like Office 365

    Posted
    Beradon
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    So if you have used Microsoft Office at all since Office 2013, there is not going to be a huge difference in terms of aesthetics that you will notice. There's a little bit of gradient to the solid colors and such, but no major change to the look and feel of the software. One thing to really note is that it seems as though Microsoft has been using Office 365 as the testing ground for features of the next perpetual release of Office. Office 2019 appears to contain the features that have been slowly released into Office 365 to this point. On that, however, it will not continue to receive the major functionality releases that will be automatically included with an Office 365 subscription. This remains a standalone package. As to what has changed... There's a few notable differences of Office 2019 over 2016 that users will notice. For Word it is something called Focus mode, which takes out all the distraction of menu bars and scroll bars and such and makes it so the edges are blacked out in the application itself. It is designed to help you work better with fewer things intruding on your vision of your document. In trying it, it feels pretty cool, though being that I use Word mostly for business functionality, someone like myself may find it less important than someone that is trying to use Word creatively and reduce outside distractions. Still a cool feature though. For PowerPoint it appears they've added some more supported formats for media and such, including the addition of SVG files for graphic manipulation. There's also some new transitions (hey, we all love transitions), and the ability to send the presentation to a 4K video. Excel, the one tool I use more than I'd care to admit, has new formulas and new chart options (the new chart options are welcome as it feels like for a while there has been a notable lack of improvement in this area). I dont use OneNote as much as I probably should, however it contains new features for handwriting to text support which I have not had a chance to try yet. All in all it's a worthy upgrade, particularly if you havent been using Office 365, but if you have been, dont buy it separately as it will gain you nothing new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello,

      Thanks for the feedback about your Office 2019 experience. We're happy to learn that you're having a positive experience with the latest edition.

      So you can get the most out of your software, we recommend checking out this link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-s-new-in-office-2019-5077cbbe-0d94-44cc-b30e-654e37629b0c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

      There, you'll see a list of all the latest features and capabilites within Office 2019 and links to learn more about each. We think it might help enhance your work flow.

      Take care and have fun with Office.

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worthy Upgrade from Office 2013 or earlier

    Posted
    taureantiger
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This review is for Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Business, which comes with Powerpoint, Word, Excel, oneNote, and Outlook. It is an upgrade to the previous version, Office 2016, installed "on-premise", i.e., stand-alone, and the only time it needs an Internet connection is to download and install the code, which by the way works easy as pie. Here is the thing, though: Any stand-alone versions of Office will never be en par with Office 365, meaning, the annual subscription version of Office, Office 365, will always be more powerful and richer in features on-goingly than Office 2019, which does offer some minor graphical improvements, such as newer, more modern icons over previous Office versions. As such, if you want to have the always more powerful version of Office, you need to go with 365. As Office 365 is cloud-based, you'll get new features and/or improvements seamlessly as they become available that will not necessarily rolled out into Office 2019. I came from Office 2016, and have not yet seen any major improvements, new features, or differences. Office 2019 appears to be rock-solid and rock-stable, and simply does what each of the Office apps is supposed to do. I want to say if you are on Office 2013 or earlier, and do not want to go the subscription-based Office 365 way, then Office 2019 is worth upgrading to. Not so sure about whether or not an upgrade from Office 2016 is worth it as I haven't seen anything yet that would create a "Wow" in my face. Overall, I give Office 2019 four stars, as I still prefer Apple's KeyNote presentation software over Powerpoint. I was hoping to see an improved slide management system similar to what KeyNote offers (e.g., sectionizing slides that you can collapse and expand upon need), but it's not offered. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with Office 2019. It is the de-facto market standard and probably always will be. I'll stick to "on-premise" versions like Office 2019 a while longer ...

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your feedback. We value our customers input and care about your experience with your Microsoft product. That being said, we want to address some of the points you touched on.

      First, Office 2019 will update periodically, meaning, you're not left in the dust compared to Office 365 users. You can also manually force updates for Office 2019. Follow this link for more information: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Install-Office-updates-2ab296f3-7f03-43a2-8e50-46de917611c5

      We also think you might enjoy learning about some of the ways PowerPoint can work for you. So, here's a link filled with great tips and tricks for PowerPoint: https://support.office.com/office-training-center/PowerPoint-tips

      We hope this all helps to enhance your experience with Office!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Office 2019 is yet one more decent upgrade

    Posted
    stevefromtheburbs
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

    Funny, I've been using computers since they first came to be in offices, from the days of DOS, to Windows 3.1, and all the way up to Windows 10. Sadly my office is stuck at Windows 7 right now, with a very recent upgrade to Office 365, but I have to say there is nothing like the feel of the installed "real feel" Office....Office 2019 does not disappoint. It is what I wish our work would have upgraded to. It just has that familiar office look and comfort. Office 2019 for MAC no longer tries to look like a MAC program as it had done in previous releases - it feels and looks like you are using a Windows computer, even though it is running (quite well may I add) on a MAC. The freaky and cool thing is that Office 2019 introduces some really nice features like some intelligence features that helps to fill in the blanks of what it thinks you are wanting to do - and if you don't, no biggie. But I appreciate the suggestions. For example, when I go to the search bar in Outlook, it suggests some things I may be wanting to do. Cudos! Now, of course success comes at a price and this isn't "free", it costs real money. But when you think of the outlay, and consider it will last a couple of years before you feel you want to upgrade, it isn't very expensive at all.....and it will improve the work you do during that time exponentially. I am so glad to have this copy, so far I've found so many little things that have been improved, that I cannot begin to list all of them. If you like the look and feel of an installed (owned) copy of Office you have now, you should consider making this change. And as an Office pro at this point, paying a bit more for something that looks and feels "just like home", makes it totally worth it. Office is a good value whether you get it for work, school, or just regular home use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Incredible Suite of Applications

    Posted
    VADarkstar
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    Once Microsoft Office 2016 started disappearing from shelves, I thought that Microsoft was just going to go all-in on having their products available by subscription only. But here comes Office 2019 in time for Christmas - a one-time purchase that provides a single license for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. To avail yourself of their entire suite of business applications for PC or Mac, you still need to go with their Office 365 subscription to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (with other assorted tools and services designed for effective file saving and sharing). There are no installation disks here. Your purchase of Office 2019 is the purchase of only a product key - installation requires internet access and a Microsoft account. Installation is a little confusing (the website clearly revolves around Office 365) but it didn’t take long to get things working. The style of the applications in Office 2019 has not changed noticeably from Office 2016. Surely the versions here have been updated, but the only new features that immediately stood out to me for 2019 were: (1) the seamless and well-designed ability to use scalable vector graphics across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint together with over 500 cute scalable icons for use as well, and (2) a feature that lets you morph elements within a single PowerPoint slide (you sort of create your own moving slide experience from elements you have inserted). For years now, Microsoft Office has been the one to beat - and nobody has come close. I think the core programs here are among the most well designed and intuitive programs for anything on the market (I’m still not a fan of Access, but that’s not included here) - Microsoft has designed these programs to be there to help you do complex maneuvers without ever appearing to get in your way. Office 2019 is incredible - as was Office 2016. And I’m glad that Microsoft is keeping this group of programs available without having to purchase an ongoing subscription - I just don’t think I could ever feel right about subscribing to word processing and whatnot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality product, stingy license

    Posted
    Gerbil
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    I picked up Microsoft Office 2019 primarily for use by a member of my household who had used older versions of Office for many years for both personal and business use. For several months recently she had to do without it for for personal use, and felt lost without it. To view and edit any of her many personal Word and Excel documents, she tried using some of the popular free alternatives, but was unable to find a knack for their use. She was both relieved and excited to try the latest Office offering. The familiar ribbon-based interface design that has remained relatively consistent through the last several iterations of Office afforded a smooth migration experience that allowed her to hop straight into productive use of the applications in the suite. Of the few new features introduced to this latest version of Office, she particularly liked the set of inking features, which is a great way to add annotations to a document that are markedly separate from the document’s core content. For better or worse, the applications in the Microsoft Office suite are well-ingrained industry standards. Fortunately, these applications are good at what they do, providing countless features that cater to casual and power users alike, wrapped in interfaces that are designed for efficient productivity, and offer rock-solid and hassle-free operation, which I couldn’t honestly say for the vast majority of software I use. Unfortunate, however, is the single-device licensing with no discounted upgrade path for users with older versions of Office, which seems well suited to usher users towards Office 365 instead. If you don’t have a need to use Office on multiple devices and either have Office 2013 or older or don’t have Office at all, then this is likely a worthwhile purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for leaving your detailed review of Office. We appreciate hearing from you and always value customer input.

      To ensure your comments are heard by our internal Microsoft teams, we ask you submit your review to our User Voice site: https://office365.uservoice.com/

      You can also give Microsoft your feedback within any app in your Office 2019 software.

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family.

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    experienced dependable software

    Posted
    Aaronxx7
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Microsoft Office continues to be one of the best choices for office suite products. This version is perfect for individuals looking for SOHO software. This suite gets you access to most of Office's products including : Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. The plus with buying this version over the 365 version is that you don't need to maintain a monthly bill, you pay at the time of purchase and then that's it. However the downside, for some people would be that you don't get Microsoft's online services like : SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, or Access. I don't have to share document creation or edits with anyone else, so this version is perfect for my needs, and most likely will continue to be good for me for several more years to come. The software is very reliable, and has tons of great templates for virtually any project you can think of. It is so simple to just pick one, and enter in your own text, but still keep the same font, position and accents to the form or document. I made a custom flyer in less than 5 minutes, that looked like I ordered it from the local print shop or copy center. I also like that the software constantly backs up your project, as you are working on it, so if something does go haywire with your pc you don't have to start over completely from scratch. Overall there are way to many features to list, but Microsoft Office continues to be a solid choice for all of your office type needs. Still one of the leaders in the industry, that everyone else tries to emulate. Very dependable software with professional results!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft does it again!

    Posted
    jsnkc28
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    In a world where most software has been condensed to apps, or has online use only, its nice to see companies still putting out actual full fledged software programs that you can install on your computer. If you've been an office user at all in your lifetime, all of these programs will come very easily to you. They haven't changed a whole heck of a lot over the years, but Microsoft continues to innovate and add features that people want and need in their office programs. Included in the bundle is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, outlook, and OneNote for windows 10. Everything you'd need for a small business at home. It's great for just everyday users as well. Mostly I use word and Outlook, but on occasion will put together power-point presentations or have the need to make an excel spreadsheet. So its nice to know everything is there if I need it. Also, be sure to check out the microsoft website after you install the software. They have added many videos not only telling you what new features have been added to each program, but there are also videos that train you how to use the software! Overall, its a solid software package, and I could go on for days and days about all the new features and what it does. But I figure most people that read this have used office before and just wonder if this is a worthwhile upgrade...and I can tell you that without a doubt, it is! I am constantly using it and its nice to know that even if my internet goes out, I can still use it because its not a web based app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thank you so much for sharing your insights! We value your feedback and are happy to know you're a member of the Microsoft family.

      If you haven't yet, we suggest checking out our Tips and Tricks page for some sweet surprises about ways Office can work for you: https://support.office.com/en-us/office-training-center/featured-tips

      Cheers to your productivity!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Upgrade from 2013 and Older

    Posted
    Jturn
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    If you're coming from Office 2013 or older, I think this is definitely worth the upgrade. Though Microsoft's main Office focus is now O365 (which I also have a subscription to), I think they were wise to release this for those unwilling to pay a yearly subscription to have the essentials; the main downside is that this product receives no functionality updates like O365, but the trade off will be worth it to some. Visually, things look a little cleaner than older versions of Office, but things will be very familiar for anyone used to their "ribbon" interface. What you get is upgraded functionality under the hood (new charting abilities, templates, etc) that makes this worth the cost for anyone that needs to create documents, spreadsheets, or slides. Some of my favorite new features are: -Dark mode: allows you to change the background to black. Honestly, this is a small but incredibly beneficial UI option; not sure what took so long! -PowerPoint Zoom: this allows you to create really interactive PP slide decks that allow you to have much greater control over navigation. This is a huge update and will be a favorite of PowerPoint power users The inclusion of Outlook and OneNote may not be needed for some users, but if you know you need these, then this is the version to get. Overall, this is a worthy upgrade, especially for users on 2013 and older.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A big jump from older office, not much from 2016.

    Posted
    TechMatcher
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Let's get right to it. Office 2019 is a point-in-time snapshot of the continually evolving Office 365 applications. So - if you haven't moved to the O365 subscription licensing model yet and want to OWN you copy of Office AND you are looking to upgrade from Office 2010 or 2013, then Office 2019 might be for you. It runs only on Windows 10 and the 3 newest Mac OS'es and the feature set addition from Office 2016 is this: Word -Black theme -Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions) -Speech feature (text-to-speech) -Improved inking functionality- -Accessibility improvements Excel -Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines -New Excel functions and connectors -Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI -PowerPivot enhancements -PowerQuery enhancements PowerPoint -Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations -Morph transition feature -Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models -Improved roaming pencil case Outlook -Updated contact cards -Office 365 Groups1 -@mentions -Focused inbox -Travel and delivery summary cards Again - if you have an older version of Office - this is definitely worth it if you are trying to avoid the cloud. In the end, you'll likely be forced to the cloud anyway....just saying. Recommended for people upgrading from older versions only.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buy or Rent?

    Posted
    DonMc
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I upgraded to Office 2019 from Office Professional 2013. Owning Office has a few disadvantages over 'leasing' the subscription 365 version. The stand-alone version is yours to own with no monthly or annual fees. However, this version can only be installed on one device at a time, and does not come with cloud storage or updated features. The 365 version can be installed on up to five different devices. With the stand-alone version, if you want the latest features or updates, you're forced to purchase the next iteration when (if) it’s released in a few years. I noticed that Office 2019 loads significantly faster than its previous versions. I primarily use MS Word, and for most writing needs, the new features are nice but not earth shattering. I do appreciate the ‘Tell me what you want to do feature’. It makes it much easier to get helpful tips and instructions to help you get what you need from the program. Personally, I prefer to own the software rather than continue to pay indefinitely to use it. Since the added features included in each new iteration probably won’t justify dropping a few hundred dollars to have, paying one price seems like the logical option for me. While the cloud-based option in the 365 version is convenient and practical, there are comparable options that don’t cost any money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Same ole same ole

    Posted
    grimmace
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Basically the same as 2016. Easy enough to download and install. It replaced my Office 2016 with no issues. It looks exactly the same. The various Office products all did start a little faster. The major thing is support for the product is now 5 years + 2 years extended instead of 5 and 5. This maybe the last non 365 subscription version you can buy. So, get it before Microsoft makes everything a subscription based service. You'll be good for 7 years it seems. So, if you already own 2016 standalone, this will provide a few more years of updates. Here are the differences from the Microsoft website below from Office 2016 to 2019: Word Black theme Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions) Speech feature (text-to-speech) Improved inking functionality Accessibility improvements Excel Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines New Excel functions and connectors Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI PowerPivot enhancements PowerQuery enhancements PowerPoint Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations Morph transition feature Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models Improved roaming pencil case Outlook Updated contact cards Office 365 Groups1 @mentions Focused inbox Travel and delivery summary cards

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there,

      Just to let you know, Customer Support for Office Home and Business 2019, is free for 60-days post purchase. After that, you have a few options. You can upgrade to a new Office product for free unlimited support among other benefits. You can pay a one-time support charge of $29 US. Or, you can purchase a year long support subscription called Assure Software Support Plan, which provides Office and Windows software support on up to 5 personal devices. To read more on this, follow this link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Microsoft-Office-Customer-Support-Policy-96162163-b3aa-498b-bbbb-5e757b0f31da#bkmk_policyhomeproducts

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family.

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Basics are still the same

    Posted
    ladilyn
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    If you are used to using an earlier version of Office, you may find some of the elements in the programs a bit disconcerting as they've either changed or been moved but the basics have stayed the same. In Word it is like when they move things at the grocery store - the big areas stay the same but the specialty areas get moved or rebranded. In Excel, nothing I use regularly has changed. As for Powerpoint, it is a program I'm using again after not having to use it for a while. I find it much easier to use than older versions and time-saving as well. It now takes me about an hour to do a 40 slide presentation that used to take me 3 to 4 hours. The big problem with Office is that you only get the big three - Word, Excel and Powerpoint. I really wish they would put out a version which also included Publisher which is much easier to use when designing business cards, flyers and posters for a business. As long as you only need those three and don't need to share files in the cloud, I wholeheartedly recommend Office 2019. If you need more, you may want to see what is more cost-effective for you depending on what elements you need to add, get this with the addition of the elements you need or get Office 365 with the yearly subscription. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and leaving a review. We always appreciate the feedback and we love hearing from our customers.

      To address your concerns, we want you know that you can add Publisher to your Office 2019 suite. You'll need to purchase it as a standalone app from the Microsoft Store and then download it to your device. Also, we think reading through this link might help you be a bit more familiar with the latest updates to Office: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-s-new-in-office-2019-5077cbbe-0d94-44cc-b30e-654e37629b0c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

      We hope that helps enhance your Office experience.

      Take care,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gold Standard for School or Business

    Posted
    cinsteadofak
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    It has been over ten years since I have updated my Microsoft Office suite, so I was long overdue. Microsoft Word has always been my go-to document writing software, but the add-ons from documents created by new versions were having issues loading. So far, I have only used Word, but I have flipped though presentations using PowerPoint. I like how Microsoft has kept many old features to make the program familiar, but has enhanced the user experience by adding features such as Draw. I also liked how Designs and Layout are easy to access via tabs. If you want to own and not rent a copy of Microsoft Office, then this is the way to go. The upside to purchasing is that you don’t have to upgrade each year. The downside is that it’s more expensive and may not get the security patches as quickly as Office 365. In addition, 365 can be installed on multiple computers, versus just one computer of Microsoft Office. Either way, you will get a great program with a lot of support.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still solid but nothing noteworthy.

    Posted
    spezaled
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I just upgraded my 2016 version of the standalone Office suite. From the inside, it’s still a solid set of tools even though I’ve been using Mac’s suite of similar apps more lately. So far, both Word and Powepoint have been super fast and issue-free. Outlook seems to feel the same as well. I typically don’t use Excel too often so I won’t have input on its update. The look and feel are familiar with a few noticeable changes like updated icons. I really haven’t noticed much more than that. That’s the main point here. The update is probably great from the coding point of view but it’s so similar to my previous version that there’s nothing major to notate. Not sure if it’s worth the price to update if you are already happy with the 2016 version. It works. It works well. And I guess that’s all that really matters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The STANDARD for a REASON

    Posted
    nkpstudios
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    What more can I say? this is great software year after year. It is essentially the standard for business. This version is great for those who do not need multiple user licenses or care for having the most current release of Office. If you are a student, teacher, tech guru, or elementary schooler, you will need to have this version. It is a one time fee and it is yours forever. There are lots of new "features" but the ones that I am most excited about are in PowerPoint and Excel. You can make some create presentations without getting lost in slide decks if you plan this presentation out properly and use Slide Zoom for instance. New functions and calculations for those in the Spreadsheet World. If you are an MS Office user, you will welcome the new makeover and software refresh. VERDICT: BUY!

    I would recommend this to a friend