Workplace 2021 will probably be obtainable to non-Microsoft 365 subscribers on October fifth
New versions of Microsoft Office aren’t as big as they used to be thanks to the constantly updated (and constantly paid) versions of the apps that come with a Microsoft 365 subscription. But for everyone else, there’s still Office 2021, an upgrade to Office 2019 coming October 5 for both Windows and macOS, Microsoft announced today. Office 2021 will add the same functionality as the version of the Office Long-Term Servicing Channel (or LTSC, catchy) available today.
Compared to Office 2019, the last “perpetual” version of Office, the new version offers support for Dark Mode, support for version 1.3 of the OpenDocument format, new Excel functions and formulas, improved slide show recording for PowerPoint and various Optimizations of the user interface and extensions. Microsoft lists most of the new features here.
Microsoft plans to offer five years of mainstream support for Office 2021 without any additional support. The end date for Office 2021 support is October 2026, just one year after the end of support for the Windows versions of Office 2016 and Office 2019.
The company announced in February that consumer and small business prices for Office 2021 would remain unchanged – Office Home & Student 2019 (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote) typically costs $ 150 and Office Home & Business 2019 ( which Outlook adds) costs $ 250. Last month, Microsoft increased prices across the board for Microsoft 365 and its other subscription products for the first time in a decade.