Next year, Microsoft will deliver a new permanent version of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that, according to the software giant, doesn’t require a subscription to use.
“In the second half of 2021, Microsoft Office will also see a new permanent release for both Windows and Mac,” said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the next update of its Exchange server, stating that next year there will be a new version of Office available as a one-time payment purchase.
The company has promoted its subscription-based Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) package in recent years as a way to get access to its Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook productivity suite, as well as servers such as Swap, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.
With a Microsoft account, some of these applications can be downloaded for free online, but users can not install them on their computers, as they will be able to do with a Microsoft 365 subscription.
The increasing trend to offer software on a subscription basis has left many users worried that Office 2019 will be the last permanent release available for a one-off purchase, but those concerns should be alleviated by today’s growth.
For the next permanent version of Microsoft Office for Mac, Microsoft has yet to disclose any other information, so we do not yet know the price or the exact date of version in 2021.