Microsoft has announced plans to release a consumer version of Office 2021, a standalone version of Microsoft 365 that will have some, but not all of the features of Microsoft’s perpetually-updating cloud productivity service. This may be the first standalone version of Office to ship with Microsoft Teams as a standard feature.
Microsoft will release Office 2021 for personal and small business users “later this year,” Microsoft said in a blog post late on Thursday. Microsoft said it did not plan to change the prices for this new release, meaning that the cheapest version of Office 2021 will be $150, the price Microsoft charges for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019. (That version doesn’t include Microsoft Outlook, just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.) There will be versions for both the Mac and Windows, Microsoft said.