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Announcement of the Next Subscription less Suite Versions of Office by Microsoft

Microsoft‘s productivity suite, Office 2021, has announced an update for the customers along with a specific variant for businesses, Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). Like Office 2019, Office 2021 also has a standalone option for those unwilling to buy the subscription for the company’s cloud-enabled Microsoft 365.

Sometime later this year, Microsoft Office 2021 is set to roll out for Mac and Windows, said Microsoft 365’s VP Jared Spataro in a company blog post on Thursday. Beginning in April, the Office LTSC will be available as a commercial preview on Mac and Windows. Nonetheless, the full release date has been slated for later this year.

Microsoft will provide Five-year support for both products. It is a slight degradation from the seven-year warranty that was offered with previous Office Products. Each of these will ship with 64-bit and 32-bit versions along with OneNote. The one-time purchase price for the personal and small business users will remain the same. We should expect a 10% price rise for Office Standard, Professional Plus, and individual Office App purchases.

The company did not disclose the features and the updates of the Office 2021 version. But A post revealed the features of the Office LTSC. The post read, “New Office LTSC features will include accessibility improvements, capabilities like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support across multiple apps, and performance improvements across Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.”

In an interview with Verge, Spataro also said that the company’s decision was “a matter of trying to meet customers where they are.”

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