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Microsoft Office 2021 for Windows and Mac will be released later this year

Microsoft revealed plans to release a new Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac devices today.

Microsoft Office 2021 will be the successor of Office 2019, and supported for five years from the day of its official release. Office 2019 and the upcoming Office 2021 are single-device products that are purchased with a one-time payment.

The new version of Office will introduce new features and improvements in the application. Office LTSC is feature-locked when it is released; Microsoft will release security and bug-fix updates but the application suite won't receive constant feature updates like Windows 10 or Microsoft 365 after its release.

New Office LTSC features will include accessibility improvements, capabilities like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support across multiple apps, and performance improvements across Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

The new Office ships with Microsoft Teams and not Skype for Business client. The latter is available as a standalone download on Microsoft's Download Center website.

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Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, made the announcement on the official Microsoft 365 blog, and it comes as no surprise that Microsoft considers Office 2021 suitable for "a limited set of specific situations" only in Enterprise and business environments.

We have built Office LTSC for a limited set of specific situations: regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates for years at a time, process control devices on the manufacturing floor that are not connected to the internet, and specialty systems that must stay locked in time and require a long-term servicing channel.

Microsoft 365, which includes Office tools, is a subscription service that Microsoft pushes. In contrast, Microsoft Office 2021 has a device-based perpetual license. Information about on-premise versions of Visio, Project, Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server and Sharepoint Server will be provided in the coming months according to the announcement.

Microsoft released ads in the past to highlight the superiority of Office 365, and to convince customers not to buy Office 2019.

The Enterprise version of Office 2021 will have its price increased by 10%, while the consumer version designed for personal use and small businesses will have the same price as Office 2019.

Microsoft Office Home & Student, Office Home & Business, and Office Professional, are available for $149.99, 249.99 and $439.99 respectively at the Microsoft Store. The software applications are discounted regularly on third-party sites.

  • Office Home & Student 2021: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Office Home & Business 2021: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Office Professional 2021: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access

Microsoft Office 2021 won't be the last perpetual-license version of Microsoft Office according to Spataro:

And, because we are always asked at release if there will be another one, I’m happy to confirm our commitment to another release in the future.

Microsoft plans to release a preview of Office 2021 in April 2021. The new Office version will be offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit application, and it will include the OneNote application according to the announcement. The company did not reveal other system requirements. The last Office version is Windows 10 exclusive, and it is likely that Office 2021 will also be Windows 10 exclusive when it comes to the Windows operating system.

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  1. Zahra ayat said on February 19, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    hi martin.
    thanks so much again for your excellent articles.
    can you clarify and explain more about accessibility improvements?
    how about menus?
    are they ribbon menu or classic menu like office 2003?

    1. James said on February 20, 2021 at 1:29 am

      Give it up already! Can’t believe some people still think classic menus might ever be reinstated by MS. Use 3rd party menu add-ins if you’re so desperate for them, or make your peace with the Ribbon, or just stick to your ancient non-Ribbon version…

      1. John said on February 20, 2021 at 10:24 pm
        Reply (Not a cloud service- the name is the URL for legal reasons) has a ribbon-free interface, and LibreOffice, last I read, I think was offering a user option to use either use a ribbon or not.

        Of course, those alternative office programs may not be suitable for non-UI reasons to the poster who wants a ribbon-free interface, but he or she may want to try them out and see if they’re suitable to his or her use case or not, if he or she hasn’t already done so. They are free (In both senses of the world), so it’s only one’s time in installing and fiddling around with them that is used up trying them out, not one’s money.

        I agree that Microsoft is unlikely to return to a classic Office menu. The ribbon debuted 14 years also now with Office 2007 IIRC. I think they’ve moved on from the classic interface. If they were to switch their interface again, it’d probably be to some interface that resembles neither the classic menu or the ribbon. If a user really wants a classic interface, supporting one of the modern non-Microsoft Office software packages that offers one is the best way to get one and sort of figuratively cast your vote for keeping it around.

        Granted, Microsoft did bring *a version* of the file menu to the Windows Explorer UI when opening windows with certain file types after eliminating it in prior versions, but less time had gone by, and it is not a 1 to 1 equivalent to the old menus. Getting it back to the extent that we did was better than nothing (And when one looks for and uses various software programs that include or have an option to include classic file, edit, view, etc. menus, between that and the semi-restoration in the Explorer UI, overall one is getting most of what one wants.) but still a design compromise between what classic UI people want and what Microsoft wants rather than being a clear cut return to the old ways and it happen much more quickly than some sort of Office return to a classic UI would have happened.

        After sticking with the ribbon for this long, Microsoft has a lot of users who wouldn’t even recognize the classic UI due to their age or to the large amount of time that’s passed by since it was last in use.

        I actually think there’s a better chance of them bringing back Clippy as an optional ironic retro easter egg (He’s achieved popularity of a sort on the Internet in the years since his demise.) than ditching the ribbon for a classic interface.

  2. Anonymous said on February 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Let me guess… The UI and icons will be all black and white? Zero colors. No thanks Microsoft.

    1. James said on February 21, 2021 at 4:11 am

      Current UI and icons in Office 365 are fine IMO. Then again, I’m looking to get actual work done and am not a hyperactive child desperate for even an Office app to have a Fisher-Price themed UI to hold my attention.

  3. James said on February 20, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I use Office 365 myself, so have all new features already. My only question is, will MS finally allow users to change the installation path of Click-to-Run versions without having to jump through all sorts of silly hoops?

  4. Allwynd said on February 20, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I don’t need an office suite on my PC, but if I did, I’d use LibreOffice. Using Microsoft Office and paying for it in 2021 considering how many free alternative solutions exist is pure madness.

    1. James said on February 21, 2021 at 4:16 am

      All well and good if you’re simply doing some casual work at home, but the free alternatives unfortunately come nowhere near cutting it when any of the advanced features of MS Office are required, or in environments where perfect document fidelity to Office standards despite many editing round-trips is an absolute necessity.

  5. Jeff M.S. said on February 20, 2021 at 10:21 am

    $500 again for a new theme and some removed features + all the minor improvements which are subscription-only? I moved to LibreOffice already

    1. James said on February 21, 2021 at 4:18 am

      If that’s all you have need for and it floats your boat, great. Who’s forcing anyone to buy the new Office version anyway?

  6. SpywareFan said on February 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I’m waiting for LO to implemet “storing the information about the data source once the data is imported” and finally ditch M$ Office 2003, all releases after 2007 are unusable slow bloated garbage, have a poor UI and tons of useless telemetry (spyware)… Bill won’t miss my money.

  7. Benjamin said on February 21, 2021 at 6:31 am

    MS Office was and is still the cash cow of this corporation.
    Despite all possible legal contracting, agreements and guarantees no sane corporation would outsource the storage of data and any other flow of information. In that the PC as in personal computer and the classic host/server solutions are still the most secure and self controlled way to safeguard internal information. Professional IT is still expensive, long time and needs a strong commitment from the top… as the return of a locally installable office shows

  8. Yuliya said on February 21, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    How many times are they going to re-release Office 2010 with a different theme and name?
    I use Office 2010 and 2016 – literally the same thing. I’ve got more annoyances to disable in Office 2016 compared to 2010, is the only difference I’m noticing.

    1. anona said on February 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

      There’s a few differences, for example new Excel formulas. I used MINIFS and MAXIFS at work (Office 365) and tried to open it in at home (Office 2016) – bam, the whole file is full with errors because Office 2016 doesn’t know these formulas. A more recent addition is XLOOKUP and coming soon is LAMBDA. But yes, for the casual user it’s no difference.

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