Microsoft has announced the launch of its latest Office 2021 productivity suite on the same day as the launch of Windows 11: 5 October. Microsoft Office 2021 will be the next version, one step ahead of the current Microsoft Office 2019. The MS Office version for 2021 will also be a one-time purchase available for Windows and macOS platforms.
According to the company, Office 2021 will be available in the following versions:
- Microsoft Project Professional 2021
- Microsoft Office Home and Business 2021
- Microsoft Office Home and Student 2021
- Microsoft Visio Professional 2021
- Microsoft Project Standard 2021
- Microsoft Visio Standard 2021
Additionally, Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Office LTSC, or Long Term Servicing Channel for both macOS and Windows.
What is Windows LTSC?
LTSC is the enterprise version of Office 2021 available to government and commercial customers. It is designed for specific scenarios: regulated devices that do not receive function updates, devices for process control in production, special systems that cannot connect to the Internet.
The upcoming new Office 2021 will offer more security functions, dark mode, and new accessibility functions. As noted by Engadget, Microsoft is expected to support both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture systems, and the company plans to support the new Office version for at least five years.
With Microsoft planning to launch an updated version of Office along with its new operating system, it’s not yet clear how much Office will cost in 2021, but it’s probably a safe bet that it won’t go too far from Office 2019’s starting price of $150.
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