Microsoft released a commercial preview of the permanent (non-subscription) version of the Office client on April 22nd.
Provided by: The first public preview version of “Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) for Windows” and “Office 2021 for Mac”, which are the successors to Microsoft “Office 2019”, will be provided. For users of large corporations and government agencies. The company hasn’t released Office 2021 for Windows and Mac yet. It looks like there are no plans to release previews of these clients for small businesses and consumers. The Mac version for small businesses and consumers (similar to the Windows version) is called “Office 2021”, while the Mac version for large businesses and government users seems to be called Office 2021 for Mac. Details and download links for what’s included (and not) in this release can be found on the Microsoft docs page. As Microsoft revealed in February, Office LTSC and Windows 10 LTSC will be supported for the next five years. The company says Office LTSC is “in certain circumstances” and not just for users who don’t want to use the cloud or subscription model. Examples that make more sense to use the permanent version instead of the subscription version are regulated devices that only receive feature updates once every few years, and locked manufacturing process control devices and special systems. The devices that are available are listed. Office LTSC includes a subsat of new features already available in Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise for the enterprise, along with past Office releases. New Office LTSC features include improved accessibility, dynamic array and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode capabilities in multiple apps, and improved performance in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. That is. The core part of the Office Permanent SKU is basically unchanged. Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and other major applications. The Skype for Business client is not included with Office LTSC, but can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center. The “Microsoft Teams” app is included. In February, the company said it would “raise the price of Office Professional Plus” and “Office Standard”, as well as individual permanent software, by “10%” when they were generally available. Office 2021 will not change from the current price of the permanent version of Office. Microsoft said the 2021 permanent version of the Office client will not be the last non-subscription version of Office. Following this version, it seems to offer a permanent version at least once more.