Microsoft has confirmed that Office 2021 will be available this year. The office suite will be available on Windows and macOS environments. It is planned a "subion" version through Microsoft 365 or as a stand-alone version.
Redmond confirms the releases this year of Office 2021 for the general public and Office LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) for companies. In both cases, availability is expected in the second half of 2021. In the meantime a commercial preview of Office LTSC is announced for the month of April. At the same time Microsoft has confirmed that Office 2021 will not be the last version to be available as a “stand-alone” version. It will always be possible to buy a licence. For the moment we have no further information but this is good news for all those who wish to avoid a subion-type approach for multiple reasons.
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Microsoft hopes, however, that the subion approach will be preferred by the greatest number. One of its most important arguments is to offer all the latest new features.
Jared Spataro, vice president of the Microsoft 365 for Enterprise branch adds
“Without Cloud access, Office LTSC includes only a subset of the value found in Microsoft 365 apps based on features included in previous versions. New Office LTSC features will include accessibility improvements, features like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support for multiple applications, and performance improvements in Word, Excel, Outlook andt PowerPoint. The next version of Office will not be offered with the Skype for Business client application, which will be available for download from the Microsoft Download Center. It is planned to offer the Microsoft Teams app, allowing customers to activate and experience this experience if they choose.
The Office 2021 suite for individuals and SMEs will be available during the second half of the year from 149 € with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote software.