Microsoft’s productivity suite, the Office 2019 has arrived. But, this is just the preview (beta) version.
One important thing to note is that Microsoft is only allowing business users access to the beta version. Consumers will be attended to much later.
You need to be a registered Microsoft Collaborate business user, to be able to try out Office 2019 in its current beta version. Microsoft Collaborate is a successor to Microsoft Connect.
You need access to Microsoft’s Developer Center Dashboard to get registered on Collaborate. Also, you’ll need a Microsoft account.
Please, note that the Office 2019 beta is only compatible with Windows 10 users.
Furthermore, if you already make use of Office 365, there is no need for this. Because new features have already been sent to subscription-based users of Office 365.
While Office 365 runs on a subscription model, with new features being constantly delivered. Office 2019 is a totally different standalone version of the suite. You only pay once for the software.
Hence, follow these steps, to be able to have the Office 2019 beta on your Windows 10 PC.
Register with the Microsoft Developer Center HERE.
Login to Microsoft Collaborate
When you’re done with registration, log in to the MS Collaborate portal HERE.
Click on “Overview” and choose ‘Engagements’
Click on “Overview” on the left-hand side, and choose ‘Engagements’
Choose your preview
Select Office 2019 Commercial Preview.
Select “Show Packages”.
Choose Installation File
Select ‘Office Deployment Tool (Win 32)’
Finally, you can now download the installation file. This action downloads the installer, which you will later use to install the Office 2019 preview on your PC.
It’s advisable to download the Office 2019 Commercial Preview Documentation. This is a set of documents describing how you can use the deployment tool to install the beta software.
Also, it shows you how to use the System Center Configuration Manager to manage the beta across different devices.