With the advent of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft moving most of their users to that platform, you would think there might not be a need for new product releases, but many users still prefer to buy their software once and then continue to use a lot. year instead of annual subscription Microsoft is preparing a new update to their popular office suite for businesses and users.
Microsoft has announced that two versions of their new Office suite will be arriving, an Office 2021 version for consumers and Office LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) for commercial customers. Microsoft hasn’t provided too much detail on what these new versions will include, although most of Microsoft 365’s existing features will likely be included, with Microsoft also saying the TLSC variant will also include things like dark mode support. accessibility improvements and features such as Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel.
Speak against The edge, Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365, spoke about how Microsoft is aware that not everyone is ready to move to the cloud and how they want to make sure they can still meet those customers’ needs through their popular suite :
It’s just a matter of trying to meet customers where they are. We certainly have a lot of customers who have moved to the cloud in the last 10 months, that has really happened en masse. At the same time, we certainly have clients with specific scenarios where they don’t feel like they can move to the cloud. We certainly have a lot of customers who have moved to the cloud in the last 10 months, that has really happened en masse. At the same time, we certainly have clients with specific scenarios where they don’t feel like they can move to the cloud.
The Office Suite will likely include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, although it is not clear if other applications are part of this suite and how well it will integrate with the cloud services or Microsoft’s main Team software. Microsoft now plans to release a preview of Office LTSC in April, with a full release later this year.
Last updated: February 22, 2021