Office for everyone
For many customers, Office 365 is the way to go. However, going to the cloud is a journey, and our customers may be in different stages of that journey. To support those customers, we have Office 2021, a valuable new release of Office with a subset of features from Office 365.
for those who can’t be cloud-connected
Office 2021 provides a set of valuable enhancements for customers who can’t be cloud-connected or receive regular updates. The new enhancements in Office 2021 are a subset of a long list of features that have been added to Office 365 ProPlus over the last three years. It provides new features and updates to the on-premises apps for both users and IT professionals.
Office 365 –
continuous cloud-powered innovation
Office 365 ProPlus, the cloud-connected version of Office, delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience—with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management. Office 365 ProPlus delivers continuous cloud-powered innovation for increased productivity, better security, and the lowest TCO.
Office 365 is always-up-to-date version of the Office apps, and subscribers already have a version of Office that has all the functionality that’s in Office 2021 and more.
Available for PC and Mac users
Office applications are customized for each platform. The Office applications available for Mac users and the specific features that are included may differ from those available for PC users.
For PC users
For Mac users
The lowest TCO for deployment
Office 365 ProPlus delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest TCO for deployment and management.
Updates to servers
The 2021 release of Office products also includes updates to our servers:
Exchange Server 2021
Skype for Business Server 2021
SharePoint Server 2021
Project Server 2021
The next-generation productivity suite
Office 2021 delivers features across apps to help users create amazing content in less time.
Improved Office apps
Office 2021 is the next on-premises version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher.
Get work done easier. Work more naturally with new and improved inking features like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects.
Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions)
Speech feature (text-to-speech)
Improved inking functionality
Perform better data analysis. Excel 2021 adds powerful new data analysis features, including new formulas and charts and enhancements to PowerPivot.
Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines
New Excel functions and connectors
Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI
Create more impactful content. In PowerPoint 2021, you can create cinematic presentations with new features like Morph and Zoom.
Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations
Morph transition feature
Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models
Improved roaming pencil case
Manage email more efficiently. Focus Mode blocks out distractions and puts your content front and center. And Focused Inbox moves less important emails out of the way—so you can get straight to taking care of business.
Updated contact cards
Office 365 Groups (requires Exchange online account)
Travel and delivery summary cards
OneNote is absent from the suite as the UWP version of OneNote bundled with Windows 10 replaces it. OneNote 2021 can be installed as an optional feature on the Office Installer.
New IT value
Office 2021 also includes new IT value for enhanced security and streamlined administration.
Reduce costs and improve security
We introduced Click-to-Run (C2R), a modern deployment technology, in Office 2013, and it’s now used to deploy and update Office across hundreds of millions of devices worldwide. With Office 2021, we’re moving the on-premises versions of Office to C2R to reduce costs and improve security.
Enterprise-focused management capabilities
C2R offers the same enterprise-focused management capabilities as Microsoft Installer (MSI) based products and will also support an in-place upgrade when you move to Office 2021 from older MSI-based products. The advantages of C2R include predictable:
monthly security updates
up-to-date apps on installation
reduced network consumption*
easy upgrade path to Office 365 ProPlus
* Reduced network consumption through Windows 10 download optimization technology.