The new version of Microsoft Office to Windows and macOS fall on October 5 – the same day as Microsoft officersallied release of windows 11.
While some people may have migrated to the cloud-based Microsoft 365, which automatically updates Office apps with the latest features, if you have an active subscription, some of us will not subscribe to use Word or Excel. Therefore Microsoft releases the perpetual licensed version of Office.
Office 2021 is an upgrade from Office 2019, and although Microsoft has not officially announced new features, the company preview of what we can expect in its version of Office for Commercial and Government Customers launched today. These features include Dark Mode support, new Excel features and formulas, a better way to search a variety of cells, and improved slide show recording for PowerPoint. It also adds support for multiple apps to version 1.3 of OpenDocument format. Outlook gets improved search and better in-app translation options for more than 70 languages.
Microsoft has said it will support Office 2021 for five years, which is slightly shorter than the seven-year support offered with former Office suites. This is a eternal release, which means that there will be no consistent feature updates such as to subscribe via Microsoft 365. The release is intended for users who need a one-time purchase option.
Office 2021 also does not include real-time collaboration and or the AI drive automation for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. If you want access to the latest cloud-based features, including a host of new ones remote cooperation tools you want a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Microsoft has not yet announced a price, bout as reported back in February, one-time purchase prices will remain the same for private and small businesses. And while Microsoft certainly wants people to use Microsoft 365, one Office 2021 license will almost certainly be cheaper than a subscription.
Office 2021 can be purchased on oct. 5.