Microsoft announced a few days ago that the new version of its office suite will arrive on October 5 along with Windows 11. Now Microsoft have revealed the official pricing and some of the new features of Office 2021.
One point to keep in mind is that many of the features that will arrive with Office 2021 are already available in Microsoft 365, the subscription version of the suite of applications that offers advanced functions in the cloud and depends on a monthly or annual payment instead of a one-time purchase.
Office 2021 supports, among other things, co-authoring for documents and a backup in Onedrive — there is 5 GB of storage space as a basic capacity. Further innovations are a line focus, which works similarly to a reading mode and is intended to eliminate distractions. There is also the option of using a dynamic matrix in Excel or recording presentations in Powerpoint. Microsoft also mentions general performance improvements.
With the start of Windows 11, Office 2021 and Microsoft 365 will have a new app design that will also be automatically synchronized with Windows’ light or dark mode. Microsoft speaks of a neutral color scheme, rounded window corners, updated tabs in the ribbon and colored icons that should make it easy to see who is working on the same document.
Microsoft points out that Office 2013 is no longer supported under Windows 11 and promotes that now is the right time to upgrade to Microsoft 365 or Office 2021.
The Office Home and Student 2021 will cost $149.99. This is a one-time payment for a permanent license. This will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac. Those who want a complete version and for commercial purposes can opt for Office Home and Business 2021. Its cost will be $249.99 and will include everything in Office Home and Student 2021, plus Outlook for PC and Mac.