Microsoft seems to be planning to release a new unsubscribed version of Office in 2021.
The news was spotted by PC Mag with Microsoft making a brief reference to it in an Exchange Team blog posted yesterday: "Microsoft Office will make a new release for both Windows and Mac in its second half 2021, "the company said. There is no other information about the new Office at this time.
There are currently some ways to get some Microsoft Office programs for free. You can access them for free on the web, as well as at Google Docs. All you need is a Microsoft account and you are ready. If you need to use these programs offline and install them directly on your computer, there are some affordable options that will give you access to Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook and some other programs and services. You can also buy a license that costs $ 150 and get Word, Excel and PowerPoint, although not available with access to OneDrive and Skype.
If you are a student or educator, you can get all of these programs along with Skype, OneDrive and many more for free with Office 365 Education. But your school must have an Office 365 training program to take advantage of it.
It will be interesting to see what features Microsoft will add to its already strong range of programs. Recently added some new tools to Word online, but at the moment does not plan to bring the same tools in the desktop version. Either way, it is very encouraging to see that Microsoft continues to offer some of its programs for free instead of becoming a 100% subscription service next year. We expect to see if the above news is going to be confirmed.