Microsoft Office 2021 shall be usually accessible to shoppers on October 5, the Redmond firm has introduced. The launch timing for the subsequent client model of Microsoft Office notably matches the discharge schedule of Windows 11 which can also be set for a similar date. Unlike Microsoft 365 that brings a cloud-based productiveness expertise, Office 2021 is a one-time buy designed to supply Office apps for one pc at a single, up-front price. Microsoft has additionally introduced the overall availability of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and macOS. Microsoft Office LTSC is basically an enterprise-focussed model of Office 2021 — accessible to business and authorities volume-licensed clients.
Through a weblog put up, Microsoft on Thursday introduced the discharge date of Office 2021 and arrival of Office LTSC. Microsoft Office LTSC has been accessible as a preview for testing functions since April.
Microsoft Office 2021 and Office LTSC each have been introduced as the subsequent perpetual variations of the corporate’s productiveness suite in February. The variations are aimed to offer entry to Office apps on a standalone foundation by a one-time buy mannequin, with assist for 5 years. Importantly, each Office 2021 and Office LTSC aren’t designed to obtain any function updates that often attain Microsoft 365 customers.
Although Microsoft Office 2021 and Office LTSC share a lot of the options, the latter is supposed for particular situations the place regulated units will not be permitted to obtain function updates and are linked to the Internet.
Some of the options that Office LTSC brings embody Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, darkish mode assist throughout a number of apps, and efficiency enhancements throughout Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. There may even be a Microsoft Teams consumer app with a restricted set of options.
The key options of Office LTSC also needs to be accessible in Office 2021. However, Microsoft has not but detailed what precisely customers would get on the brand new perpetual launch for finish shoppers. Pricing particulars about Office 2021 are additionally not introduced at this second.
Alongside Office 2021, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 on October 5 as its next-generation working system for PCs. The new Windows model will embody an inventory of interface-level adjustments in addition to enhancements together with an built-in Teams expertise. It can also be introduced to present Android apps assist, however that won’t be part of the preliminary launch.