A Comparison of Microsoft Office 2016 and 2019

Microsoft started rolling out a new Microsoft Office a few years back which now means that we have three versions at hand. We have Microsoft office 2016, Office 365 and now the brand new Office 2019.

If you have been thinking of upgrading from Microsoft Office 2016 to 2019, there are a few things you should know. Most of the people have a hard time noticing any changes and even comparing the two versions.

In this article, I will take some time comparing the two versions to give you a clearer picture of the two.

Office 2016 is the killer version that most of the people went for some time back. It has all the features that people and businesses have been looking for. It was developed with the sole purpose of enhancing collaboration. However, one thing that you should know is that this feature is not fully baked. They are facing some challenges when collaborating with Google’s own productivity.

With Office 2016, all the applications can tell you and your users how to tackle a certain problem. The Office has the new feature ‘’Tell me’’ which assists people to do what they want to do. When Office 2016 and Office 365 were released, they both had some similarities in terms of features and functions.

However, with Office 2019, there are several key features that are missing. Some of these features can only be available via office 365 subscription.

If you want the best in terms of features and functions, you should go and download Office 2016 or Office 365. However, office 2019 has also come with some features that are specifically targeting specific applications.

With Microsoft word, some features are available, such as:

  • Black Theme
  • Learning Tools
  • Text to Speech Feature
  • Accessibility Improvement
  • Improved Inking

It is the same case with Ms Excel where some of the features such as Funnel charts, timelines and 2D maps were among the new features. Some other features include, ability to publish excel to PowerBI, powerQuery enhancements and PowerPivot enhancements.

Several other features exist with other applications such as Publisher and PowerPoint. However, most of the people are not even willing to upgrade. The main reason why most of the people and businesses are not turning to Office 2019 is because the prior Office versions including Office 2016 and Office 365 have more features and hence they are usually a better deal.

How Does Microsoft Office 2019 Compare to Office 2016?

Although we have talked about the other side of Microsoft Office 2019, there are some of the new features it has incorporated.

Some of them include:

  • Improved inking in all the apps
  • New chart types in Excel
  • Focused inbox in Outlook
  • Focus mode in Word
  • Better integration with the newer Ms servers and services

Most of the businesses that are willing to upgrade are those that are specifically using those services.

However, for small businesses or individuals, I have to say that there’s nothing appealing in that. What am trying to mean is that if you have already downloaded Office 2016 and its working well for you, there’s little reasons to upgrade.

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