Microsoft Office 2021 will be available to consumers on October 5, according to the Redmond corporation. The release date for the next consumer edition of Microsoft Office coincides with that of Windows 11, which is also scheduled for the same date. Unlike Microsoft 365, which offers a cloud-based work experience, Office 2021 is a one-time purchase that provides Office programmes for a single machine for a single, upfront sum. Microsoft has also made the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and macOS available to the general public. Microsoft Office LTSC is a business-oriented version of Office 2021 that is offered to volume-licensed commercial and government clients.
Microsoft revealed the release date of Office 2021 and the debut of Office LTSC in a blog post on Thursday. Since April, Microsoft Office LTSC has been offered as a testing preview.
In February, Microsoft introduced Office 2021 and Office LTSC as the company’s future permanent editions of its office suite. The versions are designed to give users standalone access to Office apps for a one-time fee, with five years of maintenance. Importantly, neither Office 2021 nor Office LTSC are meant to receive feature updates that Microsoft 365 subscribers receive on a regular basis.
Although the majority of the capabilities of Microsoft Office 2021 and Office LTSC are the same, the latter is designed for certain scenarios in which controlled devices are not allowed to receive feature updates but are still connected to the Internet.
Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support across several apps, and speed enhancements throughout Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are just a few of the things that Office LTSC provides. A Microsoft Teams client app with a restricted set of functions will also be available.
Office 2021 should include all of the important features of Office LTSC. Microsoft has not yet specified what users will receive in the new perpetual release for end users. At this time, no pricing information for Office 2021 has been released.
On October 5, Microsoft will release Windows 11, its next-generation operating system for PCs, alongside Office 2021. The new Windows version will have a number of interface modifications as well as improvements, such as an integrated Teams experience. It will also allow Android apps, albeit this will not be included in the initial version.