Yesterday during Microsoft's 'Ignite' event in Orlando they announced Office 2019, the next perpetual update for Office that is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2018. Previews of the new products will start shipping mid-year 2018.
Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren't yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow users to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.
The update for macOS could also arrive late next year, though no official word was given on that front.
For those unfamiliar with the term perpetual version of Office, it simply means a standalone version of Office as opposed to their Office 365 version of office that's based on a subscription model. Microsoft's awkward terminology is confirmed here and here.
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