Microsoft releasing a non-subscription Office suite in 2021

Joanna Estrada
September 27, 2020

The post only includes one line about the software, but it's pretty clear: "Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021". The announcement was spotted by Windows Central in an Exchange press note.

Microsoft 365 is now the most popular way of getting Office apps. Although the software giant did not reveal much as to what the upcoming standalone release of the Office suite will be named, chances are that Microsoft will most likely call it Office 2022.

While it's okay for light users and students to go with one-time purchase, if you're a power user and always want to have the latest version at hand, you'll have to go with Microsoft Office 365. Details on the new Office package aren't available yet but it's expected to be a similar offering like Office 2019. For instance, if you purchase the current Microsoft Office 2019 using the perpetual model, you'll pay once and get to that version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint forever. It also has access to Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business servers. With Microsoft's push towards digital and subscription services though, some may have been thinking that Office 365, now folded into Microsoft 365, would be the only choice going forward.

It will be interesting to see not only how a perpetual license for Microsoft 365 would be priced, but who it would be marketed to. The last release of Microsoft Office was Office 2019 in September 2018. So one can expect the same range of productivity apps but updated with features that have been pioneered in the online/subscription versions of Office.

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