Photo: Sajjad Hussain (Getty Images)Microsoft has introduced an replace to its productiveness suite, Office 2021, for customers together with a variant particularly geared towards companies, Office Long Term Servicing Channel.Like the model that got here earlier than it, Office 2019, Office 2021 is Microsoft’s standalone possibility for folk who don’t wish to purchase a subscription for the corporate’s cloud-enabled Microsoft 365. Office 2021 is ready to roll out someday later this 12 months for each Mac and Windows, Microsoft 365’s company VP Jared Spataro mentioned in an organization weblog put up on Thursday. Meanwhile, Office LTSC shall be obtainable as a industrial preview starting in April on each Mac and Windows, with a full launch slated for later this 12 months. Microsoft will present help for each merchandise for 5 years, a slight downgrade from the seven-year guarantee it’s provided with earlier Office merchandise. Each will include OneNote and ship with each 32-bit and 64-bit variations. The one-time buy pricing will stay the identical for each private and small enterprise customers, although there shall be a ten% worth enhance for Office Professional Plus, Office Standard, and particular person Office app purchases.The firm didn’t provide many particulars about what sort of new options and updates we’ll see with Office 2021, however it did affirm what customers can count on with Office LTSC. “New Office LTSC options will embody accessibility enhancements, capabilities like Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, darkish mode help throughout a number of apps, and efficiency enhancements throughout Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint,” Shapiro wrote.G/O Media could get a commissionWhile I’m positive Microsoft would favor if companies simply converted to the cloud already, it’s additionally clear that the corporate realizes not everyone can and even needs to take action. In Thursday’s weblog put up, Microsoft billed its one-time buy model of Office as a “specialty product for particular eventualities.” These eventualities embody the place customers are on regulated gadgets that may’t obtain month-to-month updates, course of management gadgets on a producing flooring that may’t be linked to the web, or specialty programs that should keep locked in time and require a long-term servicing channel, it mentioned. In an interview with the Verge, Spataro framed the corporate’s resolution as “a matter of attempting to satisfy clients the place they’re.” “We actually have plenty of clients which have moved to the cloud over the past 10 months, that’s occurred en masse actually,” he advised the outlet. “At the identical time, we undoubtedly have clients who’ve particular eventualities the place they don’t really feel like they’ll transfer to the cloud.”Microsoft has beforehand maintained that even with its promoting push to persuade customers to maneuver to the cloud, it plans to proceed rolling out standalone, perpetual licenses for its Office instruments for the forseeable future. And based mostly on at this time’s announcement the corporate appears dedicated to that promise.