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New Microsoft Office is coming-Everything you need to know

Enhance the experience of using Microsoft with Microsoft’s latest launch Office 2021.  Microsoft Office 2021 is coming in two versions: One for commercial users, called Office LTSC (stands for Long Term Servicing Channel), and one for personal and small business use.   According to Microsoft blog post, Office LTSC is already released on 16 September 2021 and includes enhanced accessibility features, performance improvements across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and visual improvements, like dark mode support across apps. Microsoft added, the Microsoft Office 2021 for personal use will arrive on Oct.5, 2021, and on the same as Windows 11 will launch.  

However, Microsoft has not yet announced pricing details for both services.  Both versions of Microsoft Office 2021 will be supported on Windows and Mac and will ship with the OneNote app. They will also ship both 32-and 64-bit versions.  Microsoft blog post said, Microsoft will support the software for five years, and said it does not plan to change the price at the time of release.

Microsoft Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel)

According to a Microsoft blog post, Office LTSC is designed for specific purposes:  included regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates, process control devices on the manufacturing floor, and systems that cannot connect to the Internet.  If you want to troubleshoot this, Office LTSC offers a locked-in-time version of familiar productivity tools. Microsoft Office LTSC is a developed and advanced service of Microsoft 365, but it won’t offer the cloud-based capabilities of Microsoft 365 Apps like real-time collaboration and AI-driven automation in Word, Excel, as well as security and compliance capabilities that give added confidence in a hybrid world.


Microsoft Office LTSC 2021 is separate from Office that’s available through Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) plans. You don’t require Office LTSC 2021 if you’ve already deployed Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly known as Office 365 ProPlus) to your users. You already have all of the features found in Office LTSC 2021, as well as many more aren’t included in Office LTSC 2021.

Microsoft Office 2021 for consumers and small business 

Microsoft Office 2021 second version is for personal and small business release on Oct.5, 2021.  Office 2021 for personal use will also be supported for five years with the traditional “one-time purchase” model. Microsoft says they do not plan to change the price for these products at the time of release.  Microsoft added, they will announce more details about new features included in Office 2021 closer to general availability. 

Microsoft Office 2021 Pricing Details

Microsoft Office 2021 will be available with a one-off purchase, and then yours to keep indefinitely (although Microsoft usually only supports each version for five years.) For access to Microsoft 365, you’ll need to pay a regular subscription fee, with plans currently starting at £59.99/US$69.99 per year.

Additionally, you can get more features to the suite of software tools in Microsoft Office 365 into Microsoft 365, but it required a monthly payment of $7 for an individual plan or $10 for a family of up to six people.  Microsoft also said that its main focus will remain on the cloud, but it understands that not everyone is ready to make that transition. While you can use Microsoft 365 products like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel online for free with limited capability, you’ll need to purchase either a perpetual license or a subscription to get the most out of them.

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