One of the most convenient ways to use Office is by subscribing to Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 will arrive in a few months for Mac. With it, in addition to certain advantages such as extra storage and cooperation in the cloud, we access the always-updated versions of the office suite, even from our iPhone or iPad. For those who prefer a single purchase, a subscription plan might be a good option.
Office 2021 for Mac will arrive in a few months
Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing the 2021 version of Office for Mac in the upcoming months. The alternative to the Microsoft 365 subscription service will arrive this year for in-home/enterprise and large enterprise variants, and in terms of look and feel it will largely maintain the 2019 version.
Microsoft has not announced what changes or new features will be coming to this version of Office, but the new version, both business and home, will receive support for dark mode, accessibility improvements, and features such as Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel.
Those features have already been enjoyed by Microsoft 365 subscribers for some time. Whether to choose a one-time payment or a subscription depends very much on the individual and the use we make of the application.
For example, the family plan which is more cost-effective than individual purchases. It is also important to note that starting with Office 2021 Microsoft will only offer five years of support instead of the seven that were common until now for the commercial version.
An alternative to Microsoft 365 subscription
Office LTSC support will now only be five years instead of seven. Pricing for Office Professional Plus, Office Standard, and individual applications also increases by 10% for business customers, while Office 2021 pricing for consumers and small businesses remains unchanged.
For now, in terms of dates, we expect the commercial version of Office to arrive during the second half of 2021, although with a preview of the new features during the month of April. We do not know if the home version, both for Mac and PC, will arrive earlier.