What you need to know
- Microsoft Office launches on October 5 alongside Windows 11.
- The student release will cost $149 while the business release will go for $249.
- To use Office 2021, you're going to need both a Microsoft account and an internet connection.
Microsoft Office 2021 news is here, no more than four days before Windows 11 launches. We now know about the features of Office 2021, as well as its pricing, terms, and conditions.
Office Home and Student 2021 is going to set you back $149. It comes with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Teams, and OneNote for both Mac and PC. Meanwhile, Office Home and Business 2021 is going to go for $249 and will pack all the same software plus Outlook, and grant users the rights to use Office software for business activities.
Office 2021 runs on Windows 11 and Windows 10, in addition to the three most recent macOS iterations. Microsoft advises users upgrading to Windows 11 to grab Office 2021 if they're currently using Office 2013, as Office 2013 won't be supported on the new OS.
Another term Microsoft outlines is that you'll need a Microsoft account and an internet connection to use Office 2021. When you sign into the apps with your MS account, you'll get 5GB of OneDrive cloud storage on the house.
Office 2021 will support real-time co-authoring, enabling users to work on documents simultaneously with peers. This applies to those using MS 365, Office 2021, Office.com, or the Office mobile app.
Office's UI has been updated to reflect the fact that it's new and in line with Windows 11's sensibilities. This visual update will be made available to those using MS 365 or Office 2021 on Windows 10.
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