Microsoft this week took the strange step of slamming its own software, portraying Office 2019 as second-class when pitted against Office 365.What Microsoft neglected to say was that Office 2019's inferiority stems from decisions the company itself has made about how the suite's applications are created and serviced.In a public relations pitch dubbed "The Twins Challenge," Microsoft set three pairs of Millennial-aged identical twins against each other. One twin ran an Office 2019 application, the other ran the same-named desktop app from within an Office 365 subscription. Each was asked to complete the same task, with the first finisher given the win.Not surprisingly, the twin running the Office 365 version of Excel, PowerPoint or Word easily won the contest, wrapping up so quickly that his or her doppelgänger spat lines like, "No way" or "You're already done?"Microsoft didn't pretend it was a fair fight."While they have similar names, there's a world of difference between … [Read more...] about Microsoft lampoons Office 2019 in PR pitch for Office 365
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The other day I came across an author on Twitter looking for a software package that had the writing and editing features of Microsoft Word with the collaborative editing of Google Docs so they could work on chapters of a book with their colleagues without emailing a Word document around and repeatedly merging changes. With the ghostly sobbing of every Office product and marketing person for the last five years ringing in my ears, I suggested that what they were actually looking for was Microsoft Word, with the document saved into OneDrive.Then there was the announcement about the latest frontline worker features in Teams; when it arrived, I spent a moment wondering if I should make a new section in OneNote for Teams information or if I should keep putting it into my Office section. As usual, I clipped it into the Office section, because new apps like Teams are what make Office what it is now: an evolving mix of applications that are continually adding new features and the cloud … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too
Both Microsoft and Google would like to be your one-stop shop for business productivity software. Their respective subscription offerings, Office 365 and G Suite, tick all the top-level boxes on your company's communications and productivity checklist. Each suite includes the following features: Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domainsOnline storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user accountProductivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentationsCorporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencingA management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authenticationBoth of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide. (And if the G Suite brand … [Read more...] about Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?
When Microsoft released Office 2019 for Windows this fall, it did so not with a bang, but a whisper. In years gone by, Microsoft typically trumpeted new Office releases with great fanfare and hoopla, but this time it released a blog post or two with few details and left it at that.There’s good reason for that: Microsoft is pushing Office 365, the subscription of version of Office, over the perpetual version of the suite. When you purchase a perpetual version of Office, such as Office 2016 or Office 2019, you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever — and it never gets new features. That’s in contrast to Office 365, which requires an ongoing subscription fee and is constantly updated with new features. It’s clear that Microsoft wants people to move to Office 365, so it wants to draw as little attention as possible to any new perpetual Office release.There’s another reason that Microsoft whispered. It used to be that whenever Microsoft released Office … [Read more...] about Review: Office 2019 is the best advertisement yet for Office 365
Source: Microsoft Computer World reported that Office 2019 Home & Business' new $250 price tag is about 9% higher than the 2016 edition's $230. Office 2019 Professional jumped 10%, too, from $400 to $440. (The base Office 2019 Home & Student edition costs the same $150 as it did before.) Microsoft announced similar price hikes for commercial licenses sold in volume earlier this year, meaning the mid- and high-tier editions cost more everywhere. Microsoft hasn't raised the price of its Office suite like this since Office 2010 debuted. That doesn't mean it's unusual for software licenses to rise in price over time, or at least start at the base price after the previous version has seen various price reductions and discounts, but it's uncommon for Microsoft. Especially when you consider that the price of an Office 365 subscription didn't rise alongside the price of an Office 2019 license. The company is making a clear statement: Office 365 is the future, and even though it's … [Read more...] about Microsoft Ups Office 2019 Prices to Push Office 365 Subscriptions