Microsoft will launch a perpetual release of their popular Office suite next year as per the company in a short post.
The company announced in a single sentence that they will release Office for both Windows and Mac in the second half of 2021.
This news is particularly interesting because Microsoft have been pushing their Office 365 service for a while now. However, the company has admitted before that not everyone is ‘ready’ for the cloud and they ask whether it will be their last.
“While the cloud offers real benefits in productivity, security, and total cost of ownership, we recognize that each customer is at a different point in their adoption of cloud services,” Microsoft said back in 2018.
Microsoft sees such perpetual updates to office as giving their customers the flexibility they need to move to the cloud at their own pace.
Office 2019 came with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and skype for Business. We can safely assume that the next version of Office will have a similar offering.
The company says that they will share additional details about the official names, pricing and availability of these products later on. Judging from history, we can assume that it will be named Office 2021 and may cost around $149.99 for a Home/Student licence or $249.99 for a Home and Business licence.