NEW DELHI: Tech giant Microsoft has announced the launch of Office 2021. The company has announced that the suite of Microsoft apps will be available later this year for Mac and Windows users. Microsoft has said that this version is for users who don’t want to use the cloud version of Microsoft Office 365.
The company has also said that it plans to roll out Office 2021 for small businesses and personal users later this year. In an official blog post the company said, “Office 2021 will also be supported for five years with the traditional “one-time purchase” model. We do not plan to change the price for these products at the time of the release. We will announce more details about new features included in Office 2021 closer to general availability.”
As per Microsoft both Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) and Windows 10 LTSC will be governed by its Fixed Lifecycle Policy. The company also said that it will offer support for five years.
Without access to the cloud, Office LTSC will include only a subset of the value found in Microsoft 365 Apps, building on the features included in past releases. New Office LTSC features will include accessibility improvements, capabilities like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support across multiple apps, and performance improvements across Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft also mentioned that the next version of Office will not ship with the Skype for Business client app, which will be available as a download in the Microsoft Download Center. It will ship with the Microsoft Teams app, allowing customers to enable and try this experience if they so choose.