If Microsoft had its manner, Workplace 2021 most likely would not be information in any respect—the Redmond large would virtually actually want that everybody merely subscribe to Microsoft 365, pay a small month-to-month or annual price, and get new options and fixes as they’re rolled out. For a lot of if not most Workplace customers, the subscription-based service is essentially the most handy technique to get Workplace, even once they wish to use it as regionally put in software program quite than doing their work within the browser and within the cloud.
For the remainder of us—and for many who do not wish to put up with the Byzantine procedures mandatory to put in Microsoft 365 apps on Remote Desktop Servers—there’s Workplace 2019 now, and there shall be Workplace 2021 later this 12 months. There may also be a brand new Workplace LTSC (Lengthy Time period Service Channel), which trades a ten % worth hike for a assure of longer help durations… longer than the buyer model of Workplace 2021, that’s.
In actuality, the “Lengthy Time period Service Channel” model of Workplace 2021 will nonetheless have a shorter help life cycle than that loved by earlier variations of Workplace. Workplace 2019 had a seven-year help window—Workplace 2021 LTSC will solely supply 5. There is no official phrase but on the help life cycle of the presumably shorter-lived client model of Workplace 2021.
To this point, Workplace 2021 appears to be like like it can largely deal with visible updates; its apps embody a brand new Darkish Mode for many who want gentle textual content on a darkish background, and unspecified accessibility enhancements are on the best way as nicely. Excel is scheduled to get a couple of meatier enhancements ported in from Workplace 365, together with dynamic arrays and xlookup. The few Workplace 2021 screenshots we have seen do not in any other case seem dramatically totally different from earlier variations.
Each Workplace 2021 and Workplace 2021 LTSC will embody OneNote and shall be accessible in each 32-bit and 64-bit variations. Workplace 2021 is anticipated to be accessible on each Home windows and Mac within the second half of 2021, with a Home windows preview of the LTSC model anticipated in April.