Microsoft has finally unveiled the main innovations and pricing for the Office 2021 suite of office applications. Microsoft has been heavily promoting Microsoft Office 365 in recent years and has made a subscription distribution model the mainstream of its Office suite. Nevertheless, she does not forget those who, for whatever reason, do not like subscriptions. Like the previous release, Office 2019, the Office 2021 suite is designed for users who prefer to pay once rather than subscribe to Microsoft 365 with recurring deductions.
Office 2021 will be available to users on the same day as the new Windows 11 operating system - October 5, 2021. As noted by Microsoft, Office 2021 is supported on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the last three versions of macOS.
Office 2021 Home & Student costs $ 149.99. This package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac. Office 2021 Home & Business costs $ 249.99 and includes everything Home plus Outlook for PC and Mac, plus commercial rights to all Office apps.
Office 2021 brings the collaboration features found in Microsoft 365 with real-time co-authoring, OneDrive cloud storage support, and Microsoft Teams integration. Office 2021 has an updated design with a ribbon interface, rounded corners, and a neutral color palette to match the UI changes in Windows 11.
Microsoft is also adding several other Microsoft 365 features to Office 2021, including modern Excel features, PowerPoint enhancements, improved inking in Office apps, and translation support in Outlook.
Here are the main new features of Office 2021:
XLOOKUP Function - Helps you find items by rows in a table or range in an Excel worksheet.
Support for dynamic arrays - new functions in Excel: FILTER, SORT, SORTPO, UNIQ, SEQUENCE and SLMASSIVE.
LET Function - Allows you to name the calculation results.
XMATCH function (SEARCHX) - Searches for the specified element in an array or range of cells and returns the relative position of the element.
Improved slideshow recording - This PowerPoint feature now includes presenter video, handwriting, and laser pointer recording.
Playpen strokes - If you are using ink in PowerPoint, you can now walk through the drawing steps or show the thinking process.
Organize items on slides for screen readers — You can view items in screen reader order and reorganize them as needed.
Translator and Handwriting - You can annotate emails in Outlook, add annotations to images in emails, and translate emails into over 70 languages.
Outlook Quick Search - Search results are now displayed very quickly, with many ways to refine and filter the results.
OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3 Support
Renewed Draw tab - you can quickly change the color of all the ink tools in one place, added a dot eraser, ruler, and freehand selection.