If you don’t want to subscribe to Microsoft 365, consumers and small businesses will be able to buy Office 2021 as a one-time purchase this fall.
Microsoft’s new, flat-price version of its Office productivity software started rolling out Oct. 5 — the same day as Windows 11. The company previously emphasized that while its main focus remains on its Microsoft 365 subscription offering, it will release the one-time purchase Office 2021 for those who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud.
Office 2021 arrives in two versions: one for commercial users called Office LTSC (which stands for Long Term Servicing Channel), and one for personal use. Office LTSC includes enhanced accessibility features, performance improvements across Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and visual improvements like dark mode support across apps. It’s meant for specialty situations, such as process control devices on the manufacturing floor that are not connected to the internet, as opposed to for entire organizations.
Meanwhile, Office 2021 for personal use includes some Google Doc-style collaboration features that allow for real-time collaboration through OneDrive. Office 2021 users can also get access to Microsoft Teams, a redesigned look for the apps and features previously exclusive to Microsoft 365 like advanced grammar suggestions and Presenter Coach in PowerPoint.
Office Home and Student 2021 is $150. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac. Office Home and Business comes with everything from Office Home and Student, plus Outlook for PC and Mac, as well as the rights to use the apps for business purposes. Office Home and Business costs $250.
Both versions of Office will be supported on Windows and Mac and will ship with the OneNote app. Microsoft will also ship both 32- and 64-bit versions, according to the post, support the software for five years. The company said it does not plan to change the price.