Microsoft has added a little spice to its Ignite conference this week, with the announcement that it will introduce Office 2019 as soon as the middle of 2018. Office 2019 will introduce new versions of Excel and PowerPoint, as well as expanding on features like inking, letting you draw over the top of different document types.
If the news about Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts didn’t get you excited about its Ignite show, the announcement of a brand-new Office should do the trick. Aimed at those who don’t like the ever-updating subscription service system of Office 365, Office 2019 will bring with it a host of updates, as well as bolstering existing feature sets.
The last standalone office suite of tools Microsoft released was Office 2016, which was initially released in September 2015, so this will be the first big standalone release in nearly three years.
It will look to add a number of new features, most notably inking. Through the increased collaboration of Microsoft’s contemporary software and services, this should make it easier for different contributors to highlight what changes they have made by hand.