On Tuesday, October 5, Windows 11 was launched, but it’s not the only news from Microsoft. The operating system is also flanked by a new edition of the company’s software suite for office work – Office 2021. The new Office package replaces two-year-old Office 2019 and includes, among other things, the word processor Word, the spreadsheet program Excel and the presentation tool Powerpoint.
The news includes both functions and some less purely design updates. Office 2021 software follows the same visual profile as Windows 11 with softer corners and a more neutral color palette. The software suite is specially adapted to interact well with Microsoft’s new operating system, but is also fully compatible with Windows 10 and Mac OS.
With Office 2021, Microsoft means that they have focused on that simplify cooperation. For Word, Excel and Powerpoint, this means, among other things, the ability to let several users work in and edit the same project at the same time and an updated comment function. This may feel familiar to some users, which is not very strange. The features themselves are not entirely new, but have so far only been available to those who subscribe to the Microsoft 365 service.
However, something that is new for both the Office suite and Microsoft 365 is support for the open document format Opendocument (ODF) 1.3. There is also an updated menu for drawing with pencils and general performance improvements. The program that seems to have the most completely new functions is Excel, where the new functions XLOOKUP, LET and MATCH will make it easier to find material, assign names and search for objects in matrices or cells. A list of all the news for the various applications can be found at Microsoft website.
Unlike Microsoft 365, which combines cloud services with all Office applications, Office 2021 is standalone at no monthly cost. However, it excludes some of the additional features available in the subscription service. The Office package is available in two variants, where one is aimed at students and individuals and the other at companies.
The package for private individuals includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Onenote and Microsoft Teams for the equivalent of SEK 1,350. The company-oriented variant has the same basic offer but also gets access to Outlook and rights to use the applications for commercial purposes. The price then lands instead at the equivalent of SEK 2,200.
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