Hmmm MS was 'committed' to its mobile platform as well.
Might as well be advertised as "Office 2019, we'd really rather you didn't buy this".
What might well be the last non-cloudy version of Microsoft Office has been nudged gently into the light. The on-premises edition of Office 2019 has shipped and contains all the enhancements that Office 365 ProPlus users have seen over the last three years. Microsoft is at pains to point out that 2019 is a one-time release …
Same here. Office 2016 is remarkably crash-prone. I get 2-3 crashes a week from Excel, Outlook has a habit of randomly crashing every day or so as well. It's also bloody slow as well as times. Given the availability of modern processing power, it's quite startling how sluggish various actions are in Office 2016
But still, this is the modern Microsoft. Keep pushing out pointless new features that nobody really cares about whilst ignoring existing usability, reliability and quality issues.
Exactly. Buy a stand alone version for £100-150 and you have it. For keeps.
Subscribe to their poxy 365 and you'll pay that every fucking year for the same thing.
Get LibreOffice if you can use it in your environment. FREE.
I will never buy a subscription. If anything prevents me using my Office 2010 I'll just use LO. I only stuck with MSOffice because I used to be tied to Outlook. And now I stick with it because it's on this PC. On my others it's LO all the way. (And PaleMoon with Lightning for my diary - pity LO hasn't got a diary or note component to replace Outlook and Onenote/Evernote)
You pay every day for the rest of your life... Plus every time there's a Cloud outage... Two mega-ones just happened recently too:
Doesn't every version from Office 2003 on, require activation though.... If so, what happens when the Win7 Rig dies...???
The bigger issue here though, is all the organizations paying into the perpetual Office-Subscription cesspit. Especially local government offices and those that have recently turned their backs on Linux & Libre-Office (German cities etc). Its all coming at a time when most governments are broke, so its just unforgivable!
What I want to know is what EXACTLY in office 2019 requires that is ONLY be run in Windows 10.
Word, no need
Excel no need
Oh I know, another way to force people to use windows 10....
And going forward forced to pay a subscription to use the dammed thing.
I am using office 2007 (On windows 8) and it does everything i need it to do at home and at work.
In fact, why bother keep producing new versions of office, if there is more that 1 in 10,000 people who might think of using something in a newer version of office than office 97 I would be suprised.
"It can eliminate the need to deal with HTML5+JS."
I don't understand this, but of course you might be using Lynx to post so you can eliminate the need. Regardless, apparently Microsoft Office is now very complexed.
I'm now concerned by people who send me .xls files in 2018. Is it that people who use that file format think everyone uses that file format? I can't imagine why the same contents can't be accepted as a .HTML file.
A lot of people just want to open a file without having to worry about plugins and possibly versioning. Do I want more than 1 application to open multiple file formats of similar contents? Can't say I do.
"I can't imagine why the same contents can't be accepted as a .HTML file."
If the only other option is HTML, then I'd strongly prefer to get an .xls file. Fortunately, however, there are more reasonable choices than those two.
Assuming what you don't use is terrible while not knowing what you use isn't terrible, well that thinking might be literally in the Microsoft marketing play book.
As far as HTML being OK for webpages, I guess we all have to partially agree. VRML failed (or so it seems) along with other attempts to change web interfacing, and while nobody seems to be coming up with something better for the web, that most certainly doesn't mean that something better isn't required.
"But, is HTML absolutely terrible or just not the best?"
Terrible, in my opinion, for a whole host of reasons.
"WTF do we need AI in a word processor, or spreadsheet, or slide deck?"
AI in a word processor to write your documents for you. So that instead of using the same template over and over again to tell people your web site has just been breached and all their credit card details are now on the dark web, everyone gets a deeply personalized letter that is full of the sorts of information Microsoft has been slurping from your PC for the last couple of years.
Last week, while you where visiting your sick grandmother in hospital, our web site suffered a rather unfortunate incident, rather like when your under age daughter Jenny accidentally sent that sext to Robert (your priest) instead of Bobby (her boyfriend). As a result, your credit card details have been exposed, and that lengthy list of items you recently purchased from BDSMtoys'R'us has been published publicly on our FaceBook feed.
P.S. Your gramma is fine, and will be released tomorrow, but her dog has fleas, caught them from the mutt next door. Probably a good idea to leave your own dog at home next time you visit her.
P.P.S. Robert has promised to not send that photo to any more of his friends. Microsoft have assured us that they will delete it from his OneDrive account, for a small fee. We pointed Microsoft at the copy of your credit card details available on the dark web, just in case they didn't already have their own copy.
Have a nice day Jim, and don't forget your anniversary next week, like you did last year.
why, to process your data in the cloud and share it with carefully selected business partners, what else? Ah, well, and with all other relevant government-related sector parties to make sure MS stay compliant with local and international legal framework [bullshit bullshit] arrangments and other obligations.
But hey, what's a small yearly subscription price against the benefit of everlasting business relationship between trustworthy partners...
I have been using One Note since Office 2010 to create new documents, if I am not sure what the final shape of the document will be, and if it needs items of information to be drawn from various sources and held in a file that is easy to organise and navigate.
I was recently working on a Windows 10 machine with Office 2016. This had both the Windows One Note and the Office One Note. The Windows version is crippled in comparison with the Office version, particularly in exporting files in various formats.
I hope Microsoft will not axe the features of Office One Note.
What we really need is a Libre One Note, that MS will be unable to ignore.
MS lost me as an office user years ago. Now using LibreOffice. It does all I need and isn't encumbered by cloud requirements, subscriptions, stupid lock in or threats of it not working on Win7. If it goes in a direction I don't like then I will stick with the version that works for me or change to something else.
libreoffice is a nightmare to deploy to a large volume. even more of a nightmare to configure reliably. need admx? then you need to look at third parties such as collabora. these are not fully featured, good luck if you need fine tuning.
im all for dropping office. even prising outlook out of our environment but the alternatives are just a support nightmare for us.
as for deployment of office,i use ODT. worked for 2010, 13 and 16. A version exists for 19 too.
office moght be a shite but its cheap for education and easy yo deploy and maintain.
As Microsoft push users to use their cloud, what is the situation with sensitive documents e.g. classified or with commercial secrets? Can users be sure that copies of their documents are only stored in accordance with their organisation's security policy or their country's national security legislation?
No, they can't.
I kind of expect organisations that are sensitive about this sort of thing start are going to start mandating in contracts that their data only be processed on PCs without Microsoft Office installed. (Yes, I have some actual ones I know in mind...)
> I kind of expect organisations that are sensitive about this sort of thing start are going to start mandating in contracts that their data only be processed on PCs without Microsoft Office installed.
I suspect they're just going to get sold SharePoint, too, for a lot of cases (or OneDrive). Even if it's a "Special" SharePoint on locally sourced servers, not replicated back to Redmond.
This is almost certainly the last version of Office our org will ever use; we will *never* use a cloud service, and i can say that emphatically - recognising how long "never" really is
Off we go to LibreOffice from around 2021 i should think
We do some work in this area, there's some interesting progress in DLP and in particular in integration of DLP into Office in a way that is actually useable for normal humans using teh Secure Islands aquisition Microsoft made, now named Azure Information Protection. This allows us to ensure documents and emails are encrypted at rest and in transit and when we're talking about documents stored in the cloud we have BYOK (bring your own key) and shortly HYOK (Hold Your Own Key) encryption facilities, this is all baked into Azure. I know the cloud gets a regular kicking on here, but in this specific area it's actually lighting up some good functionality which was very difficult to pull off before, especially in sharing content securely B2B.
"This allows us to ensure documents and emails are encrypted at rest and in transit and when we're talking about documents stored in the cloud we have BYOK (bring your own key) and shortly HYOK (Hold Your Own Key) encryption facilities, this is all baked into Azure"
That's nice but to give an example of the problem, EU classified documents may not be transported or stored outside the EU, even if encrypted. Even if Microsoft promise to only use cloud storage within the EU for certain customers, once the data has left the customer's site, how can they be sure? After all, governments and companies in several European countries have been the subject of spying by US intelligence agencies, despite being allies.
Oh yeah, I completely agree. I don't have any involvement with central gov or the security services any more, their security requirements differ from the general population I work with.
I suppose I'd question if you can be sure that any of your data only lives in the UK (say) irrespective of how you store it. If I'm relying on a file server in my datacentre can I be certain that something didn't end up on a USB stick, a backup tape lost in transit, etc. I know that this can be achieved, but I've also done a lot of work across a lot of public and private sector and know what the real world looks like.
I try to think about how I'd approach my security if I knew I'd been breached and what kind of thing would I want to have in place. DLP solutions have (in my limited experience) been expensive and cumbersome for the user and I think this is starting to change as the cloud provides us with an authentication and identity management platform that can and does span organisations without them needing to do a great deal. So if I send an email attachment to the wrong person, it now doesn't matter as I can revoke their rights to it, I didn't used to be able to do that.
It's no global panacea, but it is an evolution of capability for some of the standard basic issues that businesses I talk to face.
Expiring NDAs all around...
Comparing against their O365 offering which apparently offer the "most productive and most secure Office experience -with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management," I'm torn.
O19 demands no further Infrastructure or Information Management changes to implement - O365 want oodles more bandwidth, and give a whole pile of new headaches to information management... but looks like it's (finally) going to be price competitive.
Thankfully the first complication is a simple one of "pays money and takes choice" - and the latter is SEP (someone else's problem), so I've asked the users which they want...
The answers are not fitting on a postcard...
O365 want oodles more bandwidth, and give a whole pile of new headaches to information management... but looks like it's (finally) going to be price competitive
For how long, though? I'm currently using O365 across the family fleet. but I'm fully expecting MS to jack up the price and to have to revert to my O2007 from disc.
What have you got against Publisher? What harm does it do? For home and small office users it's perfect. Want to make a greetings card for aunty, a price list for your cafe or an A4 poster for the church fete and it's perfect. It may not be much cop for professional use I admit. Which makes it sheer madness that MS in their unlimited stupidity don't include it in the home version but do in the Pro versions.
And I know there are other programmes that will do the job, and are pretty cheap. And often you can just use Word/equivalent, I know. But WTF if it's available for Office you might as well keep it there.
Publisher is 1 of the tools that our staff use a lot. They'll spend an hour creating a pretty flyer inviting people to morning tea because it's their Birthday and there's a cake.
Anything created in it doesn't seem to export to other formats. So have to keep upgrading office suites to ones that have Publisher. Microsoft every time.
Yep. And for the person who said the only person he(?) knows who uses it is their grandfather for the church newsletter ( I think it was). Well, there are an awful lot of churches, and newsletters. Small enterprises that want to produce a well laid out document, simply, with the information needed.
It's perfect for these small organisations, or households who want to make a few invitations, or notices. Then knock out 10 or 20 copies on the inkjet printer.
Probably not so great for creating a magazine with 1000+ print run. Though I'm sure that's been done too.
I have Office Pro + 2010. It has Publisher.
I see no reason to upgrade and frankly I'd have been happier staying with the previous version.
The only time I've seen publisher used in anger(sic) was my daughters school when the ICT teacher would send out the school newsletter in publisher format.
However because the majority of people did not have publisher installed, it was basically unreadable unless you went through a lot of hoops.
They were sending a document electronically from Publisher. FFS. Why? That's not what it's for. And an ICT teacher should be able to send it as a fucking PDF if they must use Publisher, anyway.
I like Publisher. For when it's appropriate.
This is like giving everyone chopsticks to eat roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
"They were sending a document electronically from Publisher. FFS. Why? That's not what it's for. And an ICT teacher should be able to send it as a fucking PDF if they must use Publisher, anyway."
I raised the question everytime at parents evenig. They promised to send vis PDF next time and never
did. However I think that there is an assumption that publisher documents are like word document and are easily read. However there are very few converters around (I don't think even Google supports it)
To be honest this was the time when virtually anyone could teach ICT since all it involved was showing kids around powerpoint. They were a ex-chemistry teacher and to be honest I was felt they were only doing it to tide them over till retirement.
Yes publisher is OK, and far better than trying to format word documents. I user Serif PagePlus for similar tasks. You can normally pick up a older copy for virtually nothing
I thought Clippy was always an arsehole irritation...?
But seriously, I can’t really see enough difference between Office 2016 (run by me) and Office 2010 (run by the rest of my guys) for day-to-day office DP work... even the most tortuous Excel pivot table crashes equally well in both versions....
I bet that MS will produce another version stand alone version of Office after 2019 and probably for a decade or 2 after that unless they want to loose a shed load of money. There will be organisations that either can't use cloud versions of Office or don't want to. And if MS don't produce a stand alone office suite they will look elsewhere for one.
Yes, but that was also said about Adobe and the Creative Cloud and still everyone went out and signed straight up for it.
Not everyone went out and signed up for it.
Attentive readers may recall that something someone said reminded me that I should transfer my Acrobat (Writer) 8 license to my new Win10 PC.
So it was a fully paid-for copy of Acrobat 8, none of this cloud nonsense (because it came before Adobe succumbed to that particular madness), but of course it's so old that (a) it's no longer supported at all, and (b) apparently it's less than 100% functional on Win10, but not supported so there's no way it will ever be fixed.
What about an upgrade? Er... Um... Well, no, there's no way to license an up-to-date version of Acrobat on a one-off payment basis. There's no Adobe equivalent of the Office 2016 side of the 2016-vs-365 debate. It's *all* subscription.(1)
So, given that the reasons I got it in the first place are no longer relevant, the new PC is and will remain stubbornly devoid of Acrobat.
(1) The first time I saw a price for subscription-based software was 1987. I saw a price list for software licenses for IBM mainframes (the company I worked for had a big room full of large computers, including a 4381, some Vaxen, a Wang, a DG, and a variety of other now-extinct beasties).
Lotus 1-2-3's mainframe version(2) was priced at $11000 a month. Yes. eleven thousand a *month*.
(2) Yes, there was one. I didn't see it in action, but it did exist.
Slurps love of subscriptions sounds good on paper. But all the products are mature products with competitive mature products. Other than some aggravation of learning a new package there really is nothing keeping someone from moving to another product. Some will be better suited for specific markets. Many do not want to be nickeled and dimed every month for a subscription they might use irregularly.
I agree. There are several products I use infrequently where I have a non subscription licence and the product has gone subscription based, the effect seems to be one of:
1. It stops existing customers upgrading
2. It stops new sales from recommendations from existing happy customers
3. It is not cost effective for those who use apps infrequently.
When will marketing companies wake up ?
that saves me a tenner I might (just might) consider to pay through my wife's work discount deal on various software! Naturally, if I ever found one, just ONE feature worth paying a tenner for that's missing from Office 2016 (or perhaps 2012) I'm running now. Funny, how with Windows 10 I have reached the ultimate synergy with the bestest software maker in the world. Total synergy through total separation, lol.
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