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Microsoft releases features and pricing for Office 2021

By Ken Wong - on 2 Oct 2021, 5:16pm

Microsoft releases features and pricing for Office 2021

Businesses and consumers no longer have to fork out for annual access to Microsoft 365 if they purchase a copy of office 2021.

With the release date of 5 October so close, Microsoft has finally told us how much Office 2021 will cost us, and what our dollars will be buying.

Designed for businesses and consumers who want to avoid paying for Microsoft 365 annually, Office 2021 will be the next standalone, perpetual version of Microsoft’s Office suite.

Like previous releases, there will be a cheaper Office Home and Student 2021 edition (US$149.99) and a pricier but more featured Office Home and Business 2021 edition (US$249.99).

While both come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, the Office Home and Business 2021 edition will include the Outlook email suite for PC and Mac, and the rights to use Office apps for your business.

Not everything in the cloud-based Microsoft 365 has made its way over to these perpetual versions but some features like real-time co-authoring, OneDrive support, and direct Teams integration have been included.

Graphically, it will be updated to match Windows 11. There will be a neutral colour palette, softer window corners, refreshed tabs in the ribbon, and dark mode. Improvements and features have also been added to Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Visual.  

We will update this article with local pricing when available.

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