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Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 release on October 5 with updated features and pricing

The new sleek and coherent design of Office 2021. (Source: Microsoft)
The new sleek and coherent design of Office 2021. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is preparing Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 for release on October 5 on Windows and macOS devices for business, personal and student customers. Office 2021 will inherit many of the existing components from Microsoft 365 subscription (formerly Office 365) and both will be updated with new features in time for Windows 11.

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Microsoft has acknowledged the popularity of non-subscription-based versions of Office in both business and personal uses. Thus, to satisfy this demand, Microsoft will continue its long-time tradition of distributing standalone Office Suites with the release of Office 2021. The tech giant also makes its case for the new Microsoft 365 service as a connected platform that bundles Office apps with 1 TB of OneDrive storage as a value proposition in this press release on October 1.

Microsoft Teams is highlighted as a key component of Microsoft 365. It is a prominent collaboration tool that leverages features such as video conferencing and will also be available in the upcoming Office 2021. One of these collaborative features is real-time co-authoring that decreases downtime by allowing multiple users to simultaneously access the same document, which is made possible through the OneDrive service. Microsoft Teams is expected to be built in with Windows 11. However, Windows 10 and macOS users can also experience Microsoft Teams with Office 2021 and Microsoft 365.

With the impending launch of Windows 11, Office is updated with a sleek and innovative design that matches the Windows 11 style and interface. This novel design will also be available to Windows 10. The visual enhancement emphasises soft and light colours whereas distinctive indicators identify collaborators on the document.

Moreover, Microsoft detailed other new components and updates to Office 2021 for Windows and Mac devices in this blog post. Some of these features include new functions for Excel, improved Slide Shows, better performance and a new Microsoft Search.

The new pricing details for Office 2021 beginning on October 5 can be seen in the table below.

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Version Price Office apps for Windows and Mac
Office Home and Student 2021 US$149.99 Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
Office Home and Business 2021 US$249.99 Includes apps in Office Home and Student 2021 together with Outlook
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Aleem Ali, 2021-10- 4 (Update: 2021-10- 4)