Office 2021 pricing revealed
Microsoft announced Office 2021, a new perpetual version of the company's Office suite, last month. Office 2021 will launch alongside the company's new Windows 11 operating system on October 5, 2021. A Long-Term Servicing Channel release version, called Office LTSC 2021, is already available for companies.
What Microsoft did not reveal at the time of the announcement was pricing information.
A new post on the German Microsoft News portal by Bruno Daellenbach, Consumer & Device Sales – Office Category Lead at Microsoft, lists Office 2021 editions and pricing information.
The following editions are mentioned:
- Office Home & Student 2021 includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac. It retails for €149,00.
- Office Home & Business 2021 includes all applications of Office Home & Student 2021 plus Microsoft Outlook for PC and Mac, and the rights to use the application in business environments. It retails for $299,00.
To put the pricing into perspective. Office Home & Student 2019 retails for €149.99, Office Home & Business 2019 for €299.00.
The price for the Home & Student edition and the Home & Business edition remain the same. It is likely that the price has not changed in other regions as well.
Office 2021 runs on Windows 10, Windows 11 and the three newest versions of Mac OS, according to Microsoft's post on the news site. Daellenbach notes that Office 2013 does not support Windows 11 officially. The old version of Office may be unsupported, but it will likely run fine on Windows 11.
Office 2021 includes visual changes, performance improvements, Microsoft Search integration, Instant Search for Outlook, and other features such as a built-in Translator.
Some of the features have already been integrated in Microsoft 365 Office applications. One of the main differences to standalone versions of Office is, that Microsoft 365 applications get feature updates regularly, whereas standalone versions of Office don't. Standalone versions, like Office 2019 or 2021, will get bug fix and security updates only.
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