Microsoft in 2021 will offer a new version of its Microsoft Office suite for Mac and Windows that will not require a subscription to use, says Windows Central.
“Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021,” announced Microsoft in a blog post about the next version of its Exchange server.
Microsoft has in recent years promoted its Microsoft 365 subscription plan as a way for users to access its productivity suite, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. Some versions of the subscription also include Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.
While many users made the move to Microsoft 365, some still prefer a one-time purchase perpetual license for Office that allows them to purchase a product once and to have it forever. Microsoft usually releases perpetual updates to Office every few years, though some were concerned that Office 2019 would be the last perpetual update.
Microsoft has yet to share any other details on the next perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and the price or the exact date of release in 2021 has not been announced.