Overview of Office 2019 (for IT Pros)

Office 2019 may be the new edition of Microsoft’s productivity software that’s available as a one-time obtain a store or through a volume licensing agreement.


Office 2019 is outside of Office that’s available through Office 365 plans. For example, if you have deployed Office 365 ProPlus to the users inside your organization, you do not need Office 2019. You already have all of the features, and many more, that are included in Office 2019.

Volume licensed versions of Office 2019 are available for enterprise admins to download and deploy to the users within their organization. This includes the following Office products:

Office Professional Plus 2019
Office Standard 2019
Project Professional 2019
Project Standard 2019
Visio Professional 2019
Visio Standard 2019

These Office products are now using Click-to-Run, instead of Windows Installer (MSI), as the installation technology. But, how you activate these Office products – for example, by using Key Management Service (KMS) – continues to be same.

Office 2019 for Mac is also available for volume licensed customers.

What’s changed in Office 2019?

The biggest change since Office 2016 would be that the installation technology utilized by the brand new volume licensed versions of Office is Click-to-Run, rather than Windows Installer (MSI). Click-to-Run has been cellular phone technology for many Office products because the discharge of Office 2013.

Along with Click-to-Run, the following are another changes that you need to be aware of:

Office 2019 is supported on Windows 10 but isn’t supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
To configure and perform installations, you use the Office Deployment Tool, that is a download free from the Microsoft Download Center. The Office Customization Tool that you previously used for Windows Installer (MSI) is not used.
Instead of downloading cellular phone files from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), you apply the Office Deployment Tool to download cellular phone files from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the web.
When you put in Office Professional Plus 2019, all apps are installed by default. But, you can configure the Office Deployment Tool to exclude certain apps from being installed.
Office 2019 is installed on the machine drive, that is normally the C:\ drive. Cellular phone location can’t be changed.
Updates to Office 2019, such as security updates and bug fixes, can be configured to become automatically downloaded and installed in the Office CDN. Individual downloads for every security update or bug fix aren’t available.

What’s stayed the same in Office 2019?

Even though there’s a different installation technology, you can still use the same software distribution tools, for example System Center Configuration Manager, that you currently use to deploy Office. Also, the way you activate volume licensed versions of Office – for instance, by utilizing Key Management Service (KMS) – remains the same.

The main form of Office 2019 is staying at 16.0, so some additional things are staying exactly the same for all those upgrading from Office 2016, such as the following:

Existing Group Policy settings will work, since the registry location for those settings it’s still situated in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0 and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0.
Other registry locations and settings information that reference 16.0 will still apply.
Add-ins along with other extensibility solutions which are suitable for Office 2016 will likely be suitable for Office 2019 or will need only minimal testing.

What are the additional features in Office 2019?

Office 2019 includes some, but not all, features that are offered in versions of Office that include an Office 365 subscription plan.

Office 2019 won’t receive additional additional features since it has been released. If you want to get new Office features with an on-going basis, you should think about moving for an Office 365 plan which includes Office. Most enterprise plans of Office 365 include Office 365 ProPlus, which includes exactly the same Office apps as Office Professional Plus 2019.

How do you upgrade to Office 2019?

It is recommended that you uninstall existing versions of Office before you decide to deploy Office 2019. If you’re uninstalling previous versions of Office items that were installed with Windows Installer (MSI), the Office Deployment Tool can remove most of those for you personally as part of the installation of Office 2019.

Office Professional Plus 2019 includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, and Skype for Business.
There isn’t a 2019 form of Onenote, but Onenote 2016 is available for Office 2019.
All products in the Office 2019 can be found in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. We advise 64-bit on computers that have 4 gb or even more of memory. But you should assess application compatibility and other factors that may require you to make use of the 32-bit version.
After downloading the installation files, internet access isn’t required to install, activate, or use Office 2019.
There isn’t a 2019 form of SharePoint Designer or Infopath. The last version for products is 2013.