Microsoft Office 2021 will be generally available to consumers on October 5, the Redmond company has announced. The launch timing for the next consumer version of Microsoft Office notably matches the release schedule of Windows 11 which is also set for the same date. Unlike Microsoft 365 that brings a cloud-based productivity experience, Office 2021 is a one-time purchase designed to offer Office apps for one computer at a single, up-front cost. Microsoft has also announced the general availability of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and macOS. Microsoft Office LTSC is essentially an enterprise-focussed version of Office 2021 — available to commercial and government volume-licensed customers.
Through a blog post, Microsoft on Thursday announced the release date of Office 2021 and arrival of Office LTSC. Microsoft Office LTSC has been available as a preview for testing purposes since April.
Microsoft Office 2021 and Office LTSC both were announced as the next perpetual versions of the company’s productivity suite in February. The versions are aimed to provide access to Office apps on a standalone basis through a one-time purchase model, with support for five years. Importantly, both Office 2021 and Office LTSC aren’t designed to receive any feature updates that regularly reach Microsoft 365 users.