A little over a week ago, Microsoft announced that Office 2021 will be available on the 5th of October. The company did not mention how much it would cost, but for those who are keen on the standalone version of the productivity suite will be interested to learn that it will set them back $250.
This is according to a follow up post on their website where Microsoft revealed that Office Home and Business 2021 will cost $250, while Office Home and Student 2021 will cost $150. Both versions will include standard software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac, while the Home and Business 2021 will also have the inclusion of Outlook, along with the rights to use the apps for business purposes.
For those who might be balking at the price of Office, keep in mind that this is a one-off purchase. This is versus Microsoft 365 which is a monthly/yearly subscription that is cheaper upfront, but possibly more expensive in the long-term.
However, Microsoft 365 kind of guarantees you’ll always have support and updates to the latest versions for as long as you’re subscribed, plus there are additional features that some users might find useful or necessary. Either way, both are options depending on your needs.
Also keep in mind that if you’ve been paying for the standalone versions of office, Microsoft notes that Office 2013 will not be compatible with Windows 11 which is also set for an October 5th release, so you might want to upgrade to the newer version of Office if you plan on updating to Windows 11.