Office 2021 and Office LTSC have been announced for those who do not want to subscribe to Microsoft 365.
Two new versions of Office have been announced by Microsoft. These were Office 2021 for consumers and Office LTSC for commercial users. Office 2021 will debut for both Windows and macOS later this year. Just like the Office 2019 version, the new versions will be the choice of those who do not want to subscribe to the cloud-based Microsoft 365 service. It should be noted that the new versions will offer Long Term Service Support (LTSC).
The difference to the perpetual license version is that if you buy Office 2021 instead of losing your subscription when you stop paying, you have it forever. Of course, the downside is that you won’t be able to get new features for Office 2021 over time. Let us also mention that Office 2021 will replace Office 2019. A striking point is that the year phrase in the name of the version increased by 2 instead of 3 after a long time.
Office LTSC will be supported for five years. Pricing for Office Professional Plus, Office Standard, and individual applications also increased by 10 percent for commercial customers, while consumer and small business prices for Office 2021 remain the same.
The next version of Office will come with Microsoft Teams instead of Skype for Business. Skype for Business users will be able to obtain the software through the Microsoft Download Center. OneNote also continues to ship with the desktop app. Note that 32-bit and 64-bit versions will be available for Windows 10 and macOS.
Microsoft plans to release a preview of Office LTSC in April with the full version later this year. There will be no preview for the 2021 version of Office for the consumer.