07 november 2022 

Differences between Microsoft Office editions (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019)

Differences between Microsoft Office editions (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019)

Over the years, various versions of Microsoft Office have been released. What are the biggest differences? What are the best options? And above all: What suits you best?

The biggest addition of Office 2013 is the Onedrive. While you work, the files are stored here. You can also access your files with your account with any device (connected to the internet). This makes it the ideal backup.

There is also the option to authorize other people to view your files. Think a bit in the style of Google docs.

Excel has a new functionality “Flash Fill” that recognizes patterns in your data and automatically fills in the remaining cells, if allowed. It has smarter functionalities in other ways too. It will advice you which types of pivot tables or charts to use depending on the data you have entered. Lync now also makes it possible to share presentations online.

PowerPoint users in slideshow mode now have new “behind the scenes” features. This includes a new grid to navigate. This gives you notes on the back of the presentation that your audience never sees.

The new features in Office 2016 are mainly focused on collaboration. Those who have a Microsoft account and work with Onedrive can work simultaneously in a file and version history is also available.

You can now search smartly within the 2016 programs. Select a word or phrase, right click on it and choose “smart search” the insight window opens with more information about that word or phrase. Searching is done on the internet and often Wikipedia or other top related searches will appear.
Microsoft has also made working with mobile phones and tablets a lot smoother. The appearance is the same and almost all functions are on it. Many of these functions have been made a bit simpler, of course, because the desktop version cannot be matched. Many people will find the tablet and smartphone version functional enough.

With Microsoft Office 2019, you can choose a dark theme as the background for Word for the first time. Ideal for people who often have to work behind their PC in the evening or at night.

A text to speech function has also been added. This one actually works amazingly well. Pieces of text that have been written can be read out by the computer. This is only possible in the language that is also set as default with your Office 2019 package.

A translator is now also locked into the Office package. We do not recommend having entire documents with text translated through this, but a few words will work just fine. You probably have experience with how to translate with Google translate, it can be compared well with this.

AutoRecovery: Every few minutes the file is saved and overwritten by Office itself. However, this function can only be used in “emergencies” “AutoRecovery is only intended for unplanned interruptions, such as in the event of a power failure or when the computer freezes. AutoRecover files are not designed to be saved when a logout is scheduled or during normal shutdown," Microsoft writes.

Microsoft Office 2019 itself also has several variants. Read the differences between these packages here.

Learn more about the differences between Office 2021 and Office 2019.

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