Office 2021 will be a standalone version for businesses and individuals who don’t want to deal with a Microsoft 365 subscription. There will be two tiers, including $ 150. Office Home and Student 2021, which will include the usual software package: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Microsoft Teams will also be part of the package for PC and Mac users.
If you’re on the business side of things, the $ 250 Office Home and Business 2021 It includes all of the above, plus the Outlook PC and Mac email suite, and the rights to use Office applications for your business.
The new Office 2021 will have a more modern look design to match the smoother, more rounded aesthetic of Windows 11. There’s even a repeating ribbon interface, along with a more neutral color palette.
If you choose to use the Office license instead of a subscription, you will still get some of the Collaboration features available in cloud-based Microsoft 365, including real-time co-authoring, OneDrive support, and direct Teams integration.
You can take a look at the Office 2021 feature list on the official Microsoft Support page. Some of the updates include general performance improvements and updated Draw tabs across the board. One of the most notable features that will no doubt resonate with the late-night essay-writing crowd is that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will all have Open Document Format (ODF) 1.3 support. Free open source alternatives like LibreOffice produce the ODF file. It’s what people on Mac, Windows, and Linux use when access to Microsoft Office is not available. And this will help ensure that the formatting and macros remain intact during the file conversion process.
The new version of Office 2021 will work on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the last three versions of macOS. Start backing up those storage drives and be sure to mark your calendars for October 5th.