As of September 2018, Microsoft Office 365 Updates Will Require macOS 10.12 Sierra

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Microsoft is about to update Office 365 users to Office 2019 for Mac, which will require macOS 10.12 Sierra. Those running earlier versions of macOS will be able to continue using Office 2016 for Mac and will continue to receive “mainstream support,” but won’t get any new Office 365 features.

OK - I realise that I will eventually have to drop Office for Mac 2011 and have even purchased an Office 365 subscription but am delaying installing it. The article’s advice that 365 will soon update to Office 2019 is interesting. Two questions:

  1. What are the key advantages, if any, of Office 2019
  2. If I install 365 will it delete Office 2011? If so, is there a way to avoid this, such as moving the app to another folder?
    I don’t have very good experiences with MS products:

If you’re already paying for an Office 365 subscription, I recommend you go ahead and install Office 2016. It won’t delete Office 2011 but probably will take over as the applications that open when a file is double-clicked.

My understanding is “Office 2019” as a boxed product is basically the collection of all the features gradually added to Office 2016 and made available to Office 365 subscribers. They definitely do make a distinction; I had Office 2016 installed using a campus volume license, use Microsoft’s tool for deleting the license, signed in with my Office 365 account and boom, new features. I didn’t really care about those particular features but it was interesting to see what’s hidden just by the license.

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