Office 2016 vs. 2019: Which one is the better choice?

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Office 2016 vs. 2019: Which one is the better choice?

Microsoft Office is one of the most widespread programs worldwide. As you may know, Office is available in different versions and editions with the latest edition being Office 2021. Contrary to expectations, however, many people still prefer the older editions 2019 and 2016 due to the well-developed applications and the full range of functionalities that meet users’ needs. Based on this current development, you can find an overview and a comparison between the two bundles, in the blog.

Office 2016 vs. 2019: Similarities

Both versions of Office – 2016 and 2019 belong to the perpetual license type. When you purchase them, you only pay one at the time of the purchase. Therefore, essentially, these licenses do not expire and you can use them for an unlimited time period. The only thing you should keep in mind is that after a couple of years, there will no longer be any updates available for the licenses. This makes Office 2016 and Office 2019 the perfect solution for users and companies that do not want to work in the Cloud but locally instead. Another reason for opting for Office 2016, Office 2019 or Office 2021 is the one-time payment at the time of purchase. With Office 365 you need to pay monthly or yearly in order to keep using the license.

Office 2016 vs. 2019: Differences

There are quite a few features added to Office 2019 compared to the 2016 version. Below you can find a comparison per application.

New features in Microsoft Word

You can now translate both text and text to speech. Additionally, with the focus mode, you can bring your workflow to the next level. The interface of Word in Office 2019 is also improved with a dark theme being available.

New features in Microsoft Excel

For all the Excel lovers, Microsoft Excel in Office 2019 has improved the PowerQuery and PowerPivot functions. Moreover, you can now export Excel spreadsheets to Power BI.

New features in Microsoft PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2019 you can now make use of the morph transition function. To support your creativity and the interactive power of your presentation, PowerPoint allows you to insert SVG models, icons, and even 3D models.

New features in Microsoft Outlook

With the 2019 version of Outlook, you can assign an inbox to which all the focus is on. There are also up-to-date contact cards which you can make use of.

Purchasing Office 2016 or Office 2019

As you may expect, Office 2019 is somewhat more expensive than Office 2016. The overall price may also depend on where you decide to purchase the license. At Digi License you can find pre-owned versions of the two editions in various versions. With pre-owned software, you essentially acquire the same license with the same functionalities at a cheaper price. The reason why pre-owned software is cheaper than new licenses is only the fact that it has been used already. Different from material objects such as clothes and furniture, the software does not “wear out” which makes it eligible for further use Additionally, most people and companies are not aware that their license(s) still have value and can be resold, which further decreases the price of pre-owned software. If you are interested in purchasing a pre-owned Office package, you can take a look at our assortment here.


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