The next gen version of Microsoft Office has been launched for commercial customers today. The American tech giant has also promised an October 5 release date for the consumer release of Office 2021.
Just like the Office 2019, the new Office 2021 can be purchased permanently with a one-time payment, as opposed to Microsoft 365 subscriptions. The new Office suite will be available for both Windows and macOS.
Microsoft has promised to share more details on Office 2021 soon. However, according to Tom Warren of The Verge, the new office suite will receive a number of innovations available in the Office LTSC for corporate clients. Among them – new support for dark mode and new opportunities for sharing.
Microsoft reportedly plans to support Office 2021 for at least five years. The software product will be compatible with 32- and 64-bit systems.
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Microsoft Office 2021 Suite
The consumer Office 2021 perpetual release will be very similar, offering a locked-in time release without feature updates. Microsoft lists the following additions to Office LTSC, that should also apply to Office 2021:
- Line Focus – similar to a reading mode to remove distraction and move through Word documents line by line.
- XLOOKUP function – helps find things in a table or range by row in an Excel worksheet.
- Dynamic array support – new functions in Excel that use dynamic arrays.
- Dark mode – all Office apps will include dark mode support.
“Office LTSC is available for devices that cannot accept feature updates, process control devices on the manufacturing floor, and specialty systems that cannot connect to the internet. To meet this need, Office LTSC will provide a locked-in-time version of familiar productivity tools. While it offers performance improvements and expanded accessibility, it will not offer the cloud-based capabilities of Microsoft 365 Apps like real-time collaboration and AI-driven automation in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as security and compliance capabilities that give added confidence in a hybrid world.”