Microsoft Announces Its Office 2021 Features As Well As Pricing

Microsoft today announced that it is releasing Office 2021 on October 5, meaning users have just a few days left to wait. The company has also confirmed pricing and features, too.

Office Home and Student 2021 will include Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams for both PC and Mac at a price of $149.99.

Office Home and Business 2021 is priced at $249.99 and includes all of that stuff plus Outlook for PC and Mac as well as the licenses required to use those Office apps for business.

This being Microsoft, all of the new releases will include collaboration features that are already found in Microsoft 365 versions of Office, while some other features are making the move over from the subscription offering, too.

The full rundown of new Office 2021 features includes:

Excel:

  • XLOOKUP function – helps find things in a table or range by row in an Excel worksheet.
  • Dynamic array support – new functions in Excel that use dynamic arrays.
  • LET function – an Excel feature that lets you assign names to calculation results.
  • XMATCH function – this searches for a specified item in an array or range of cells and returns the item’s relative position.
  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements

PowerPoint:

  • Record Slide Show – this new PowerPoint feature includes presenter video recording, ink recording and laser pointer recording.
  • Replay your ink strokes – if you’re using ink in PowerPoint, you can now replay illustrations as they were drawn.
  • Arrange elements on your slides for screen readers – this lets you re-arrange elements to optimize them for screen readers.
  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements

Outlook:

  • Translator and ink – You can now annotate emails, draw in a canvas for messages, or translate emails into more than 70 languages.
  • Instant search – search results are now instant, with more ways to refine and filter results.
  • Performance improvements

Word:

  • OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 support
  • Updated Draw tab
  • Performance improvements

October 5 is a big day for Microsoft — it’s also the day that Windows 11 is made available, too.

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