In July this year, Microsoft had released the commercial preview of Office 2019 Server. It has now become generally available.
The commercial release of Office 2019 Server includes Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019.
“Office 365 delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management. However, for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 provides an update to the on-premises apps and servers,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.
Exchange Server 2019 comes with improvements to scalability and performance, along with new and enhanced search powered by Bing technology. There are new options that allow users to limit the forwarding of meeting requests.
Skype for Business Server 2019 will make it easier for existing users to take advantage of key cloud experiences. The main features at general availability include support for cloud voicemail, cloud call data connector, and streamlined teams migration.
Microsoft has brought the ease of use of SharePoint Online to on-premises customers with the release of SharePoint Server 2019. There are modern libraries, lists and communication sites for end users.
For IT professionals, the SharePoint Server 2019 will offer improved performance and scale with simplified management. Developers will be able to build both cloud and on-premises environments with deeper SharePoint Framework integration.
Updates to Project Server 2019 include improved performance, scalability, reporting and an expanded set of APIs.
“Office 2019 is a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises. As such, we are committed to another on-premises release in the future. However, we will be investing in and adding new capabilities to Office 365 regularly, including innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), collaboration, and security,” added Microsoft.