Microsoft unveiled on Thursday (18) some details about Office 2021, the new edition of the popular suite of applications that will have two versions released for Windows and macOS in the coming months, serving ordinary and corporate customers.
Aimed at users who want to purchase a lifetime product license, instead of paying Microsoft 365 monthly fees, which include cloud versions of the software, the new Office 2021 shouldn’t have too many interface changes compared to Office 2019, as The Verge points out.
One of the details already confirmed is the support for dark mode, modifying the layout of all programs in the package for more comfortable lighting for the eyes. There are also improvements in accessibility functions, performance improvements in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the arrival of features such as Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel.
These few new features released so far by the Redmond giant are expected to be available both in the version for ordinary users and in Office LTSC, intended for companies, possibly being released earlier for Office 365 subscribers.
Second semester launch
According to Microsoft, Office 2021 and Office LTSC will include the OneNote application and will have versions compatible with 32 and 64 bits, in addition to having support valid for five years, remembering that the license is for life. The corporate version will also include the Microsoft Teams app.
With regard to prices, the owner of Windows said that she does not plan to change the amounts charged to consumers and small businesses. However, Office Professional Plus, Office Standard and individual apps will see a 10% increase.
As for the launch of Office 2021, it is expected that the debut will occur in the second half of this year, but users of the LTSC version will be able to access a preview of the package in April.