New Version of Microsoft Office Coming Next Year That Won't Require a Subscription

Microsoft will next year offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn't require a subscription to use, according to the software giant (via Windows Central).

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"Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021," said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the next version of its Exchange server, confirming that a new version of Office available as a one-time payment purchase is coming next year.

In recent years, the company has pushed its subscription-based Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) bundle as a way to get access to its productivity suite, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as servers such as Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.

Some of these apps can be used free online with a Microsoft account, but users can't install them on their computer, like they'd be able to with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

The growing tendency for software to be offered on a subscription basis had left many users concerned that Office 2019 would be the last perpetual release available for a one-off payment, but today's development should allay those fears.

Microsoft has yet to share any other details on the next perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac, so we don't yet know the price or the exact date of release in 2021.

Top Rated Comments

SigEp265 Avatar
9 months ago
I sure wish Adobe would read this article.
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
9 months ago
everyone liked this
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xander49x Avatar
9 months ago
it is about time, I dislike subscriptions and stoped using Microsoft, I would rather just buy the program for a one-time payment.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghanwani Avatar
9 months ago
I wonder what is motivating this. Perhaps they are realizing that customers are seeking alternatives because they don’t like the idea of a subscription plan?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
9 months ago
So funny that software ownership is novel enough that it now needs a new name: “perpetual release.” Just wanted to post that. I’m now going to head to work in the car Audi perpetually released to me last year.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yellow8 Avatar
9 months ago
This is fantastic news!
For my paid apps, I always let my users have the choice for a lifetime licence. Some people (like me) prefer that over subscriptions.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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