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Microsoft is making a significant change to its Office suite

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Microsoft Office (opens in new tab) users who prefer the standalone version to the subscription service, rejoice! Microsoft will deliver a new version of the popular productivity suite next year.

The Redmond software giant recently published a blog (opens in new tab) post in which it detailed the new version of its Exchange Server. However, Windows Central (opens in new tab) spotted a single but all-important sentence tucked away in the post:

“Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021.”

The announcement comes as Microsoft continues to push aggressively into subscription-based models. It recently rebranded its productivity solution, now called Microsoft 365, and has been pushing hard to promote collaboration offering Teams.

However, it appears some customers aren't ready to take the leap into SaaS, which would involve leaving the old single-payment model behind.

It is currently unclear how much the new version will cost, but it’s safe to assume the prices won’t differ greatly from the previous versions on release. Office 2019 (opens in new tab), the current version, can still be purchased outright for $150.

Office usually comes with a handful of programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. While nothing has been confirmed, a similar selection will likely be included in the new package.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.