Microsoft Office 2021 is coming on October 5

Microsoft will launch the new consumer version of its Microsoft Office suite for Windows and macOS on October 5, the same day the company officially releases the Windows 11 operating system.

And while some people may have moved to cloud-based Microsoft 365, which automatically updates Microsoft Office apps with the latest features if you have an active subscription, some of us may not want to sign up to use Word or Excel. Therefore, the company launches the permanent license issuance of the productivity group. Microsoft Office 2021 represents an upgrade to the Microsoft Office 2019 suite.

While the company hasn't officially announced the new features, it has previewed what we can expect in the batch release for commercial and government customers called the Microsoft Office Long-Term Service Channel ( LTSC).

These features include dark mode support, new Excel functions and formulas with support for dynamic arrays, a better way to search a range of cells, and improved slideshow recording for PowerPoint.

It also adds multi-application support for version 1.3 of the OpenDocument format. And Outlook gets improved search and better translation options within the app for more than 70 languages.

The company said it supports the new group for a period of five years, which is a slightly shorter period than the seven-year support provided by the previous groups. But this version is permanent, which means that there will be no consistent updates to features such as subscription through Microsoft 365. Also, this version is for users who need a one-time purchase option.

Microsoft launches the new version of its productivity suite. The new version will not include real-time collaboration or AI-powered automation for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. And if you want access to the latest cloud-based features, including a slew of new remote collaboration tools, you should subscribe to Microsoft 365.

The company hasn't announced a price yet, but as reported in February, the one-time purchase price remains the same for personal users and small business users. And while the company certainly wants people to use Microsoft 365, licensing the new batch is almost certainly cheaper than subscribing.

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