Microsoft Office 2021 will launch on October 5
If you’re not a fan of a subscription-based Microsoft 365, there’s good news: a new consumer version of Microsoft Office that only requires a one-time purchase will launch on October 5.
Microsoft announced the news in a blog post on Thursday. The aptly titled Office 2021 for consumers arrives on the same day as Windows 11.
For now, the company is silent on details, such as pricing. But he published a document detailing the new features of the office suite. They include a new translation feature in Outlook, improved performance in apps, and an updated drawing tab.
The product offers an alternative to the cloud-based version of Microsoft Office, now dubbed Microsoft 365. For consumers, Microsoft only charges $ 6.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year to use the service. But over time, an ongoing subscription can get expensive.
Office 2019, on the other hand, only involves a one-time fee of $ 149.99. It may therefore represent better value in the long term. But on the downside, Microsoft doesn’t upgrade the software with new features except for security updates and bug fixes.
For years, Redmond has promoted Microsoft 365 over the Office suite without a subscription. This raised questions as to whether the company could ever discontinue conventional Office programs. However, last year Microsoft confirmed that a successor to Office 2019 for Windows and Mac will arrive in the second half of 2021.
Consumers will still have to wait a few more weeks for Office 2021. But in the meantime, the company has decided to start releasing the commercial-grade version, dubbed the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), for business customers.
In the same blog post, Microsoft says it will continue to publish Office without a subscription for at least an additional generation. “While not our last perpetual release, we continue to make investments that make it even easier for customers to adopt Microsoft 365.”