Microsoft has already chatted a little about its upcoming Office version, which will be launched this year for Windows and macOS. In the meantime, many users may be using Office on a subscription (as Microsoft 365), especially with the recurring discount offers, it can be worthwhile for families to buy the annual subscription – in addition to the Office products, there is also OneDrive cloud storage.
The plan is now to release Office 2021 for private use and for small businesses later this year. Office 2021 will also receive technical support for five years with the traditional “one-time purchase” model. So you are not forced into the subscription, but can traditionally purchase the office package with a one-time purchase.
Microsoft has no plans to change the price of these products at the time of publication. Further details on the new functions in Office 2021 will be announced shortly before general availability. Office 2021 will be accompanied by Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel), a new version of Microsoft Office that will be introduced for commercial customers – which will also be available for Windows 10, by the way. Microsoft said it is committed to serving customers who need or prefer one-time purchase software, even though the cloud is where the company invests and innovates.
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