Microsoft announced the release of Office 2021. The suite of Microsoft apps will be accessible later in the year for Mac and Windows users. This update is for users who do not want to use the cloud version of Microsoft 365.
Microsoft also has plans of pushing out Office 2021 for small businesses and personal users this year. In a 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 the new features included in Office 2021 closer to general availability.”
Microsoft said that Office LTSC and Windows 10 LTSC will be governed by its Fixed Lifecycle Policy. Support will be offered by the company for five years. Office LTSC will have a “subset of the value” which is accessible in Microsoft 365 apps because it does not have access to the cloud.
Although, new LTSC features will include some key feature like support for dark mode, better accessibility, and improvements in the performance of the app such as PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel. The next version of Office will not include Skype for a Business client application. Instead, the company will be putting together Microsoft Teams.
This new version comes as the Microsoft is looking to invest more into cloud-based offerings. A month ago, Azure cloud computing services had risen by 50%. Cloud products had to be used a lot due to the coronavirus pandemic, because of a boost in remote learning and work from home.