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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Office 2021 Features Get Closer to the Subscription Offering

October 12, 2021

Microsoft keeps pushing the subscription service of Microsoft 365, but you don’t have to pay continuous fees for the Office application. Microsoft still offers a one-time cost for a perpetual license of Office. It is no different with the recent release of Office 2021. The nice part about the subscription offering is that feature improvements (and new ones too) are continuously rolled out without any additional cost. Not so with the perpetual license. Once the software is released there are no feature improvements or additions until the next version comes out (and you pay for it). The tendency is for Microsoft to release a perpetual version that is close to the feature set in the subscription version. In other words, it’s basically bringing the perpetual software version up-to-date (feature wise) with the subscription version. Computerworld has a post describing what’s new in Office 2021.

  • Real-time co-authoring
  • Windows 11 look and feel
  • Integration with Microsoft Teams
  • Other new features

Read the post to see details about what’s new in Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. As for cost…

“Prices for Office 2021 remain the same as for Office 2019: Office Home and Student 2021, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, costs $150. Office Home and Business 2021, which includes all that plus Outlook, costs $250 and includes rights to use the apps for business. Each can be used by only a single person. You’ll need a Microsoft account to use them.”

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