Microsoft is very happy with Microsoft 365 and Office 365 users, with more than a million organizations in the past and more than 300 million seats in the second service. However, many individuals and companies rely on and prefer the "permanent" version of Office, and that version will be released next month with Windows 11.
Last year, Microsoft gave a lot of hope when it said it wasn't giving up on the standalone version of Office. At the time, this was only mentioned in a line buried in Microsoft Ignite 2020 ads, but now the "permanent" version of Office has an official release date of October 5th.
Microsoft will also launch Windows 11 on that day, and it looks like the next version will be launched without an Office subscription. The company has not provided further details, so we will have to wait a few more weeks for it to be fully revealed.
Microsoft is also launching the Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) today. Business and government users on Windows and Mac. This is another no-subscription version of Office that offers only the core features of Microsoft 365 and Office 365, as it is designed for specific and customized scenarios. In other words, it is a secured office suite for devices that are not connected to the Internet or act as process controllers in the factory.
It is also important to note that Office 2021 and Office LTSC both come with five years of support. The good news is that Microsoft has confirmed that there will be at least another "permanent" version of Office in the future. Pricing information is not yet available, but the company also provides Project and Visio.
For those interested in the next release of on-premises Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, Project Server and SharePoint Server, Microsoft says it will have more to share later this year. Other than that, Microsoft still recommends most people use Office 365 and Microsoft 365, which come with a range of cloud and collaboration features. , as well as automation tools based on artificial intelligence. If you are a small or medium business, you should know that Microsoft will increase the price of these subscriptions starting next year.
Microsoft Office 2021 will arrive alongside Windows 11 on October 5