Apparently it’s a big week for productivity suites. Apple on Tuesday unveiled major updates to iWork, and we end the week with an announcement from Microsoft for its suite of apps including Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Teams, and Word.
On October 5, Microsoft will release the non-subscription version of Office 365. The Home and Student version is $ 150, while the Home and Business version is $ 250 and also includes Outlook and, according to the Microsoft 365 blog, ” rights to use the applications for professional purposes. The subscription suite, Microsoft 365 Personal, costs $ 7 per month or $ 70 per year, while the Home version (for up to six people) costs $ 10 per month and $ 100 per year.
To make Office 2021 even more attractive, Microsoft has updated the suite to have features that were previously exclusive to Microsoft 365. In addition to the new features announced previously, you will also get:
- XLOOKUP, dynamic tables and the XMATCH function in Excel
- Advanced Immersive Reader color support and natural sounding speech with Read Aloud in Word
- The ability to create an animated GIF from a slideshow in PowerPoint
- Performance improvements in all applications
Microsoft also revealed that Microsoft 365 collaboration features are now available in Office 2021, so you can now co-author documents in “real time”. Additionally, Microsoft now includes its Teams video conferencing app, which did not exist in previous versions. the only requirement is that your Mac is running one of the three most recent versions of macOS, but Microsoft notes that OneDrive is required to use the collaboration features. Each account gets 5GB of free OneDrive storage, with the option to purchase a 100GB OneDrive plan for $ 2 / month for Office 2021 users. Microsoft 365 subscribers get 1TB of storage per user.
Roman has been covering technology since the early 1990s. His career began at MacUser and he has worked for MacAddict, Mac | Life and TechTV.