Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Office 2021 launch date.
OFFICE 2021 LAUNCH DATE — Microsoft officially announced that the company will launch Microsoft Office 2021 on October 5, 2021.
The Verge reported that Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and Mac was already available for commercial and government users today, providing a locked-in time release of Office that didn’t require a subscription.
Office LTSC was designed for businesses in regulated industries wherein processes and apps can’t change on a monthly basis, or for manufacturing plants that relied on Office and wanted a locked-in time release.
Based on the report, the Microsoft Office LTSC won’t ship with the AI-powered and cloud-powered features that were found in Microsoft 365 and won’t receive new features, either.
Microsoft will also support Office LTSC for five (5) years and the company had also committed to another perpetual version of Office for the future.
Microsoft listed the following additions to Office LTSC that should also apply to Microsoft Office 2021:
- XLOOKUP function – helped find things in a table or range by row in an Excel worksheet.
- Line Focus – similar to a reading mode to remove distraction and to move through Microsoft Word documents line by line.
- Dark mode – all Office applications will include dark mode support.
- Dynamic array support – new functions in Microsoft Excel that used dynamic arrays.
Microsoft still recommended Microsoft 365 for both consumers and businesses wherein the company has over 300 million paid seats for Office 365 on the commercial side.
Recently, Microsoft did announce its first price increase for both Microsoft 365 and Office 365 that will take effect in March 2022.
Moreover, Microsoft hasn’t detailed the pricing for Office 2021 yet, but the company said that it will be generally available on October 5, the same day Windows 11 launched.