New versions of Microsoft Office aren’t as big of a deal as they used to be, thanks to the constantly updated (and constantly paid) versions of the apps that come with a Microsoft 365 subscription. But for everyone else, there’s still Office 2021, an upgrade to Office 2019 that’s coming to both Windows and macOS on October 5th. Microsoft announced today. Office 2021 will include the same features as Office Long-Term Servicing Channel (or LTSC, lucrative) release, available today.
Compared to Office 2019, the last “perpetual” version of Office, the new version includes support for Dark Mode support, Version 1.3 of the OpenDocument Format, new Excel functions and formulas, improved slideshow recording for PowerPoint, and various user-interface tweaks and enhancements. Microsoft lists most of the new features Here.
Microsoft plans to offer five years of “mainstream support” for Office 2021, without any further extended support. The end date of Office 2021 support is in October 2016, just one year after support ended for the Windows versions of Office 2016 and Office 2019.
company said in February Consumer and small business pricing for Office 2021 will remain the same as it is now—Office Home And Student 2019 (which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote) typically costs $150, and Office Home And Business 2019 (which Outlook adds) costs $250. Last month, Microsoft Increased prices for Microsoft 365 and its other subscription products across the board for the first time in a decade.