The price of Office 2019 licences is increasing by around 10% compared to Office 2016 licences, which will be the first increase since Office 2010 launched.
Nathaniel Mott, writing for TomsHardware.co.uk, says this is a clear statement from Microsoft that it wants its customers to move to the Office 365 subscription, for which the tech giant has not announced any price hikes.
An Office 2019 licence is more expensive than a yearly Office 365 subscription, but some users believe it will prove less expensive in the mid-term. If Microsoft continues to update Office, only users with a 365 subscription will receive major upgrades without paying more. As a result, in the long-term, Office 365 works out cheaper than purchasing an Office 2019 licence.
Office 365 Business Premium comes with added services as well as desktop versions of Office. These include Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Teams. For many businesses, the cooperation and sharing options included in this plan make it an essential buy compared to purchasing an Office 2019 business licence.
Office 365 comes with many extra security features which include controls for who has access to business information, with administrators able to switch on automatic systems that make people change their passwords regularly.
As Microsoft introduces new features, these are automatically added to the office applications of an Office 365 subscription. As an example, new features added in November 2018 include:
As for SharePoint 2019, upgrades focus on three focus areas: user experience, content engagement and security. Key changes include:
To learn more about the advantages of Office 365 solutions for business, and understand which package is right for you, talk to us at WM Reply