Microsoft Releases Office 2019 for Windows and Mac

Those who buy Microsoft Office outright — and don't buy Office365 subscriptions — have been missing out on a ton of features. Fortunately, Microsoft announced Office 2019, which delivers all of those tricks, and is available right now for Windows PCs and Macs.

Available for a one-time purchase of $149.99 (more than twice as much as the $69.99 per year that Office 365 costs), Office 2019 delivers new features to Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. For starters, each app is gaining improved inking tools, for tilt and pressure sensitivity, which should send stylus-lovers running to social media to rejoice. 

Word also gains Focus Mode, which helps you avoid distractions, by hiding all menus, so you’re only looking at the document you’re working on. This option shows Microsoft catching up to the rest of the word-processing industry, as "distraction-free" writing modes have been popping up for years. 

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Word's other new tricks gain accessibility features, such as Read Aloud and Text Spacing. Those tools are also coming to Outlook, along with a Focused Inbox, which aims to hide the messages that don't matter, clearing up your inbox. 

Number-crunchers will rejoice with Excel 2019, which features new data analysis tools. Not only has Microsoft enhanced the PowerPivot tool for pivot table analysis, but new formula and chart options have also opened up.

PowerPoint is also learning some new tricks, with Morph and Zoom tools to make your presentations look spiffier and more engaging. 

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