Microsoft Office users who refused to change to some subscription model were thrilled to hear this past year that Microsoft was likely to launch a new form of the suite without a subscription. Now Microsoft has confirmed it’s definitely launching this season as Office 2021.
Although Microsoft would actually rather you subscribe to Office, due to the “widely embraced benefits,” it realizes some customers either can’t or simply won’t proceed to the cloud. So “later this year” Office 2021 is launching for consumers and small businesses.
Although there’s still hardly any detail on what to anticipate from this new version, Microsoft has shared some new information. To begin with on pricing, that will stay the same as Office 2019. For reference, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 costs $149.99, while Office 2019 Home & Business 2019 costs $249.99. In the two cases, the license is perfect for just one user/PC/Mac.
Microsoft also confirmed that Office 2021 will be made available for Windows and Mac users, includes the Onenote app, while offering a choice of 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The majority of users will be best off choosing the 64-bit version, but it is good to see support remains for older hardware. Finally, Microsoft is promising Office 2021 is going to be supported for 5 years, providing you with peace of mind you can spend the money and be certain to have a form of Office which will receive bug fixes and security updates until 2026.