Microsoft announced the launch of Office 2021 and Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) for customers who cannot or do not want to purchase Office via a cloud subscription service with regular updates of functionality.
There will be two versions of Office non-cloud-based: a version for private users and SMEs specifically Office 2021, and Office LTSC for larger customers and public bodies.
Office LTSC will be available in April. The definition of LTSC is already used by Windows 10, to indicate versions that without receiving any updates of functionality can count on long-term support.
Office LTSC will have five years of support, however, as well as Office 2021 and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, in the future, they claim to Microsoft.
Seattle’s company points out that Office LTSC is designed for a limited set of specific situations, not only for customers who don’t like the cloud/saaS model. For example, regulated devices that cannot receive functionality updates; production process control systems and other corporate policy-bound devices are a number of examples for which Microsoft has decided to release new non-cloud versions of Office.
Both Office LTSC and Office 2021 will include a subset of the features and features that subscribers to Office 365 / Microsoft 365 regularly get with cloud-based versions.
Users of new on-premise versions of Office will also be able to count on some new features, including accessibility enhancements, features such as Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, support for dark mode over
apps and performance improvements on Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, as confirmed by Microsoft
The core of the perpetual versions of Office will not change: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote will always be playing the role of protagonists.
Office LTSC will not be provided with the Skype for Business client, but it can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Area for those who want or need it.
The popular Microsoft Teams collaboration app will be included in the suite.