Office 2016 versus Office 2019


Alan Robbins
 

I’m having some issues with Office 2016 That don’t seem to get resolved. Is Microsoft keeping Office more updated in terms of issues than Office 2016? Are there advantages to going to Office 2019? Are the programs rather similar in terms of the ribbon layout?

 

Thanks,

Al


David Goldfield
 

Hello, Al.

Rather than upgrading to what Microsoft refers to as the perpetual license for Office 2019 I feel you might be better served by subscribing to what is now called Microsoft 365, which was formerly known as Office 365. This is a subscription service. The one advantage of purchasing a perpetual license to Office 2019 is that you pay a lump sum up front and you have the software license for pretty much as long as you want to continue using it, hence the reason for the term "perpetual" license. However, the subscription service has some definite advantages. Perpetual licensed versions of Office will not usually receive updates containing new features. Microsoft 365 does receive new features and perhaps even some accessibility fixes which might not make its way to the perpetual licensed version. Eventually, many of these features do make their way into perpetual licensed versions but not always the one you might be using. In other words, you might be using Office 2019 which, admittedly, may well contain some accessibility improvements over Office 2016. However, if Microsoft introduces a new feature the chances are that this new feature won't make its way into Office 2019 at all but will instead become available in the next perpetual licensed version of Office. Also, depending on what license you decide to go with you will have the opportunity to install Microsoft 365 on several different devices. You will also receive a terabyte of storage on Onedrive. This link will take you to the Microsoft 365 info page.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 5/3/2020 10:33 AM, Alan Robbins wrote:

I’m having some issues with Office 2016 That don’t seem to get resolved. Is Microsoft keeping Office more updated in terms of issues than Office 2016? Are there advantages to going to Office 2019? Are the programs rather similar in terms of the ribbon layout?

 

Thanks,

Al


 

Hmmm office 2016 gets updated twice a month usually.

One is security and there is usually another smaller or larger update its hard to tell since there is no progress bar as such on download ui which is read.



On 4/05/2020 2:33 am, Alan Robbins wrote:

I’m having some issues with Office 2016 That don’t seem to get resolved. Is Microsoft keeping Office more updated in terms of issues than Office 2016? Are there advantages to going to Office 2019? Are the programs rather similar in terms of the ribbon layout?

 

Thanks,

Al


Alan Robbins
 

David,

 

Thanks, good points. It looks like they offer a 1 month free trial. Of course, I’m assuming I’d have to uninstall Office 2016 to try it out, correct? I would only get the individual plan unless my wife opts to use it too. Are you using it, and if so, any comments compared to standard Office products?

 

Al

 

From: win10@win10.groups.io <win10@win10.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:09 AM
To: win10@win10.groups.io
Subject: Re: [win10] Office 2016 versus Office 2019

 

Hello, Al.

Rather than upgrading to what Microsoft refers to as the perpetual license for Office 2019 I feel you might be better served by subscribing to what is now called Microsoft 365, which was formerly known as Office 365. This is a subscription service. The one advantage of purchasing a perpetual license to Office 2019 is that you pay a lump sum up front and you have the software license for pretty much as long as you want to continue using it, hence the reason for the term "perpetual" license. However, the subscription service has some definite advantages. Perpetual licensed versions of Office will not usually receive updates containing new features. Microsoft 365 does receive new features and perhaps even some accessibility fixes which might not make its way to the perpetual licensed version. Eventually, many of these features do make their way into perpetual licensed versions but not always the one you might be using. In other words, you might be using Office 2019 which, admittedly, may well contain some accessibility improvements over Office 2016. However, if Microsoft introduces a new feature the chances are that this new feature won't make its way into Office 2019 at all but will instead become available in the next perpetual licensed version of Office. Also, depending on what license you decide to go with you will have the opportunity to install Microsoft 365 on several different devices. You will also receive a terabyte of storage on Onedrive. This link will take you to the Microsoft 365 info page.

 

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
 
WWW.DavidGoldfield.org

On 5/3/2020 10:33 AM, Alan Robbins wrote:

I’m having some issues with Office 2016 That don’t seem to get resolved. Is Microsoft keeping Office more updated in terms of issues than Office 2016? Are there advantages to going to Office 2019? Are the programs rather similar in terms of the ribbon layout?

 

Thanks,

Al


David Goldfield
 

Hi. I'm not sure regarding the logistics of either having concurrent versions of Office installed or removing your 2016 to then replace it with 365. Of course, if you're unsatisfied with 365 after the trial you'd need to then remove the Office suite and then reinstall your 2016 edition and I don't know what's involved with doing this. I'm not sure if you first need to remove a license from your perpetual license in order to successfully reinstall it later or if 2016 is able to allow for additional reinstalls on the same system. I'll let someone else on this list address that set of issues. Yes, I prefer 365 and have been using it for around four years and would likely never return to a perpetual license. For me, having the additional space on Onedrive is quite appealing. I haven't done any detailed comparisons on the performance and features of perpetual vs subscription and it's possible that many users wouldn't care about or notice these differences but perhaps someone else on here might want to weigh in.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 5/3/2020 7:35 PM, Alan Robbins wrote:

David,

 

Thanks, good points. It looks like they offer a 1 month free trial. Of course, I’m assuming I’d have to uninstall Office 2016 to try it out, correct? I would only get the individual plan unless my wife opts to use it too. Are you using it, and if so, any comments compared to standard Office products?

 

Al

 

From: win10@win10.groups.io <win10@win10.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:09 AM
To: win10@win10.groups.io
Subject: Re: [win10] Office 2016 versus Office 2019

 

Hello, Al.

Rather than upgrading to what Microsoft refers to as the perpetual license for Office 2019 I feel you might be better served by subscribing to what is now called Microsoft 365, which was formerly known as Office 365. This is a subscription service. The one advantage of purchasing a perpetual license to Office 2019 is that you pay a lump sum up front and you have the software license for pretty much as long as you want to continue using it, hence the reason for the term "perpetual" license. However, the subscription service has some definite advantages. Perpetual licensed versions of Office will not usually receive updates containing new features. Microsoft 365 does receive new features and perhaps even some accessibility fixes which might not make its way to the perpetual licensed version. Eventually, many of these features do make their way into perpetual licensed versions but not always the one you might be using. In other words, you might be using Office 2019 which, admittedly, may well contain some accessibility improvements over Office 2016. However, if Microsoft introduces a new feature the chances are that this new feature won't make its way into Office 2019 at all but will instead become available in the next perpetual licensed version of Office. Also, depending on what license you decide to go with you will have the opportunity to install Microsoft 365 on several different devices. You will also receive a terabyte of storage on Onedrive. This link will take you to the Microsoft 365 info page.

 

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
 
WWW.DavidGoldfield.org

On 5/3/2020 10:33 AM, Alan Robbins wrote:

I’m having some issues with Office 2016 That don’t seem to get resolved. Is Microsoft keeping Office more updated in terms of issues than Office 2016? Are there advantages to going to Office 2019? Are the programs rather similar in terms of the ribbon layout?

 

Thanks,

Al