Microsoft wants most people to subscribe to Microsoft 365 for their Office needs, but it still offers a traditional Office product with a one-time payment. With Windows 11 just around the corner, Microsoft announced that Office 2021 would release on October 5th.
What’s new in Microsoft Office 2021?
First, Microsoft Office 2021 provides a visual overhaul, just as the company does with Microsoft 365. It will have the rounded corners we have come to know and love, and it will also sync with your theme, including your light / dark choice.
In terms of features, Microsoft is adding lots of the stuff that has already found its way into Windows 365 versions of Word, Excel and all the other apps. For example, the company incorporated some of the collaboration features available to Microsoft 365 subscribers into Office 2021. Real-time co-editing is one of the coolest features, as it makes Office 2021 feel more like working with Google Docs or another online office app.
The Teams app is also coming to Office 2021, so if you’m a fan of Microsoft’s video chat app, you have a quick way to access it via your Office purchase.
Microsoft also mentions the ability to “Modernize your formulas in Excel, easily record PowerPoint presentations, and beautify your work with an expanded collection of creative content.”
In the end, while the apps get Windows 11-like visual updates, there’s not much in the way of new features coming to Office 2021. This, of course, is probably because Microsoft prefers you to sign up for a subscription so you get a continuous stream of new things rather than buying Office as a one-time transaction.
Microsoft Office 2021 Pricing Information
New features are great, but they lead you to an important question: how much will these new features cost? In the case of Office 2021, Office Home and Student 2021 editions cost $ 150. However, businesses will have to pay a little more, as Office Home and Business 2021 will cost $ 250. Both versions come with five years of support and are licensed for a single pc.
You do not need to get Windows 11 running Office 2021, as Microsoft announced that it would run on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the latest three versions of macOS.