Why Office 2016 and Office 2019 have different user interfaces
Posted On May 18, 2021
Microsoft’s Office 2016 has had the biggest update in the company’s Office suite, but for all its new features and productivity improvements, there’s one thing you probably didn’t notice: the new Office 2019 edition.
I recently attended a Microsoft Developers Conference (SDCC) keynote in Los Angeles, where Microsoft announced the first preview of the new version of Office 2019, called the “Office 2019 SDK” (SDK).
“We’ve got an incredibly powerful, unified experience across all Office applications, with Office 2019 on top,” said Mark Thompson, the general manager of Office 365.
“We’ve just been able to give it to the developers to build on top of that.
And you can do all of that on the Windows side, but you can also bring it to any platform.”
That means the Office 2019 SDK will be available on both Windows and Mac.
The SDK is also available on Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Server.
The new version will be compatible with Microsoft Office 2016 on Windows, but not on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and on Mac.
For those who have Office 365 for Windows, Office 2019 will also work with the Office 365 Online Service for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Work and Office 365 Family.
It will also support Office 365 ProPlus, Office Apps, and Office Online.
The new Office SDK for Windows was also announced during the keynote, but the new SDK for Mac has been announced by Microsoft as well.
Office 2019 is expected to launch sometime next year.