Microsoft has confirmed the pricing for Office 2021, the standalone version of the immensely popular productivity package for users who aren’t interested in being chained to a subscription.
Office Home and Student 2021, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac, will cost $149.99, while Office Home and Business 2021 will cost $249.99. The business edition is similar to the basic version but also includes Outlook, Microsoft’s email client, as well as the rights to use the apps for business purposes. Both products will be available starting on October 5, 2021.
Still, Microsoft would like to remind Office users that they can access the software via its subscription service, Microsoft 365, for a relatively low monthly or yearly cost. Per Microsoft:
Microsoft 365 includes premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Editor, and Microsoft Family Safety for PC, Mac, and mobile, plus Access and Publisher for PC. For individuals, Microsoft 365 Personal is $6.99 USD per month or $69.99 USD per year. For families and households of up to six people, Microsoft 365 Family is $9.99 USD per month or $99.99 USD per year. Subscribers will automatically receive the visual updates to the apps starting October 5 and will receive Microsoft Teams throughout October and November. Sign up for a free trial today.
Office 2021 will introduce a cleaner interface and numerous new benefits such as support for Open Document Format (ODF) and general performance improvements. A list of new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other popular Office apps can be found here.