Don’t you want to sign up for Microsoft 365? Don’t worry, consumers and small businesses will be able to purchase a one-time package later this year.
In a company blog post on Thursday, Microsoft released more details about the new, low-priced version of its Office productivity software coming later this year. The company emphasized that while its main focus remains on its subscription offering, Microsoft 365, it will release Office 2021, one-time purchase for those who are not ready to move to the cloud infrastructure.
Office 2021 will come in two versions: one for commercial users called Office LTSC (which stands for Long Term Servicing Channel) and one for personal use. Office LTSC will include enhanced accessibility features, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint performance enhancements, and visual enhancements, such as dark mode support across apps. It is intended for special situations, as opposed to for an entire organization, such as process control devices on the manufacturing line that are not connected to the internet.
More details on pricing and new features for the commercial version and the personal version will be announced when Office 2021 is closer to the official launch. Both will have Windows and Mac versions and will be shipped with the OneNote app. They will also ship both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, according to the post. Microsoft is going to support the software for five years and said that it does not plan to change the price at the time of release and can be purchased from www.office.com/setup.
Continued focus on the cloud
Microsoft created this perpetual-software-license-based product to meet specific needs, but the company’s primary focus will continue to be on cloud-based products.
“At Microsoft, we believe that the cloud will power future work. Our customers are increasingly turning to the cloud to empower their employees, from frontline workers on the shop floor to on-the-go sales teams to remote employees connecting from home. We’ve seen incredible cloud adoption across every industry, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate in the cloud as we collaborate with organizations around the world to build the best solutions for the new world of work,” Spataro said.
Microsoft’s cloud and subscription-based products have contributed to the company’s revenue growth. The company reported revenue of $43.1 billion at the end of their second quarter of the fiscal year 2021 (December 31, 2020), a 17 percent increase year over year, with double-digit revenue increases in Productivity and Business Processes (13 percent), Intelligent Cloud (23 percent), and More Personal Computing (14 percent ).
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.