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Office 2021 release day is here! For users who don’t want to be tied into a monthly subscription, Office 2021 is a flat rate experience. Here’s the pricing below:
- Office Home and Student 2021 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams): $149.99
- Office Home And Business 2021 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook): $249.99
Whilst the price increase seems a little dramatic for the addition of Microsoft Outlook with Office Home and Business 2021, this does include the right to use the package for commercial purposes. Office 2021 comes as a welcome proposal for Windows 10, Windows 11, and macOS users that just want to pay for a product once, not monthly.
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Office 2021 Features
There’s a host of new features coming to Office 2021, some of which used to be Office 365 features. Here’s the full list:
Office 2021 – Microsoft Excel
- XLOOKUP: Find everything you need in a table or range, row by row.
- Dynamic Arrays: Six new functions return multiple values (FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE, AND RANDARRAY.
- Let Function: Now you can assign names to calculation results.
- XMATCH Function: Searches for a specified item in an array or range of cells and returns its position.
Office 2021 – Microsoft Powerpoint
- Improved Record Slide Show: Now supports presenter video, ink, and laser pointer recording.
- Replay Ink Strokes: Illustrate ideas step-by-step with pause and resume support.
- Arrange Elements For Screen Readers: See elements in screen-reading order or rearrange.
Office 2021 – Microsoft Outlook
- Translate and Ink: Translate emails into over 70 different languages and annotate using your finger, pen, or mouse.
- Instant Search: Use the search bar to find email messages
Office 2021 – Microsoft Access
- Updated Link Table Manager: Refresh, relink or remove linked tables.
- Date/Time Extended Data Type: SQL DateTime 2 to enhance syntax compatibility with SQL.
- Enhanced Tabs: Clearly see active tabs. Drag and close with one click.
Office 2021 – Microsoft Visio
- New Stencils And Shapes: Create more diagrams for multiple uses.
- New AWS Stencils And Shapes: Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure shapes now supported.
Office 2021 – General Feature Updates
- Hex Color Value: New input field eliminates the need to convert RGB color values into Hex color values.
- New Sketched Style Outline: Give a casual and hand-shaped look to shapes in presentations.
- OpenDocument Format Support: .ODF support is now included.
- OneDrive Support: All documents autosave.
- Updated Draw Tab: Quickly access color palette and point eraser, ruler, and lasso.
- Improved Performance: Improved performance, stability, and speed
- Microsoft Search: Search across all Office 2021 applications.
- Updated Stock Media: Content added to the Office Premium Content collection.
- Visual Refresh: A new clean and clear style that communicates action and features with simple visuals.
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