Microsoft Announces Two Versions of Office For 2021
Microsoft has announced two new versions of Office today. One is a consumer Office 2021 version and Office LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) for commercial customers. Both versions will be available later in 2021 for both Windows and macOS.
The software giant is still keeping the product with those who prefer not to subscribe to the cloud-powered Microsoft 365 variants in mind.
Microsoft hasn’t provided the full details of all of the features and changes in Office 2021 yet. However, its been revealed that the Office LTSC variant will include dark mode support, accessibility improvements, and features like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel. Office 2021 will also reportedly include similar features.
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Microsoft will support Office LTSC for five years instead of the typical seven that Microsoft provides for Office. The company is also increasing the Pricing for Office Professional Plus, Office Standard, and individual apps by 10 percent for commercial customers. The pricing for Office 2021 for consumers and small businesses will however remain the same.
The Office LTSC support timing aligns more closely with how Microsoft supports Windows. The company is also aligning its release schedules for both Office and Windows more closely as a consequence.
Microsoft is showing that it recognises that some businesses are not yet ready to make the move to the cloud with Office LTSC.
“It’s just a matter of trying to meet customers where they are. We certainly have a lot of customers that have moved to the cloud over the last 10 months, that’s happened en masse really. At the same time, we definitely have customers who have specific scenarios where they don’t feel like they can move to the cloud,” Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365, explains in an interview.
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