What are the key features of Ms Office ?

Office is produced in several versions targeted towards different end-users and computing environments. The original, and most widely used version, is the desktop version, available for PCs running the Windows and macOS operating systems. Office in a browser, previously known as Office Online, is a version of the software that runs within a web browser, while Ms also maintains Office apps for Android and iOS.
Since Office 2013, Ms has promoted Office 365 as the primary means of obtaining Ms Office: it allows use of the software and other services on a subscription business model, and users receive free feature updates to the software for the lifetime of the subscription, including new features and cloud computing integration that are not necessarily included in the “on-premises” releases of Office sold under conventional license terms. In 2017, revenue from Office 365 overtook conventional license sales.

Sign in to Office

Signing in to Office lets you create, edit, and share your files. After signing in, you’re automatically signed in to online services like office.com/setup Online or OneDrive

From Office for PC

  • If you’re not already in an Office file or document, open an app such as Word or Excel, and open an existing file, or create a new one.
  • Select File > Account (or Office Account if you’re using Outlook). If you’re not already signed in, click Sign In.
  • In the Sign in window, type the email address and password you use with Office. This might be the personal Ms account you associated with Office, or the username and password you use with your work or school account.

For Android or Chromebooks:

  • Open the Office app. On the Recent screen, tap Sign In.
  • On the Sign In screen, type the email address and password you use with Office. This might be the personal Ms account you associated with Office, or the username and password you use with your work or school account.


Ms has been making a not so subtle attempt to push its 1.2 billion Office users towards Office 365 for some time. This has been mostly successful. Over 120 million people have active Office 365 accounts and adoption is up 34% since 2016 and now Ms have released Ms Office 2019 as a stanalone version. Those banking on ‘the age of the Google Suite’ can probably keep the champagne on ice for a while yet.
It’s no surprise when you consider that Office 365 is an ongoing subscription that ensures you always have Industry-leading features and tools delivered through an intuitive and accessible interface. With desktop versions of the all-conquering Office staples, Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are always up to date plus a slew of other productivity apps, it’s easy to see why businesses and home users are choosing Office 365.

Ms Office 2019 doesn’t come with a wealth of new features compared with its predecessor, or anything that’s necessarily going to change the game in terms of your productivity, but it does include a few upgrades that are worth highlighting.

  1. OUTLOOK– A new Focused Inbox that attempts to identify the emails that are most important to you and pushes the rest into the background (you’ll need a Ms Exchange account to use it). Messages can also be read out loud and there is better time zone support in the calendar.
  2. WORD – In Word, you’ve got improved translation, text-to-speech, and text spacing options, as well as better support for stylus pens and digital scribbles within your documents. A library of scalable vector icons is also available across the apps.
  3. EXCEL– In Excel, you’ve got similar inking capabilities as well as a few new chart types to play around with. You can drop 3D models into your spreadsheets and rotate to view them at all angles. Various other tweaks and enhancements to features like PivotTables are included too.
  4. POWERPOINT– Some of the most impressive stuff can be found in PowerPoint. The Morph transition is inspired and takes object to the next level. There’s better support for digital inking and 3D models are available in PowerPoint also. Slideshows can also now be exported as 4K video.

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