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Microsoft details features and announces pricing for Office 2021 ahead of October 5 launch

Microsoft will launch Office 2021 on October 5 alongside Microsoft 365 with the launch of Windows 11.

Ahead of the launch, the tech giant revealed the price of Office 2021 as well as the range of features that will be introduced with the update.

It will bring a range of new collaboration features to Office 11, some of which are already present in Microsoft 365.

It will add the real-time co-authoring feature to allow users to work with others in the same document at the same time.

“OneDrive, our cloud storage service, powers these collaboration features. You will therefore need to save your documents to OneDrive before sharing them. OneDrive also ensures that your updates are automatically saved. Sign in to Office apps with your Microsoft account and get 5 GB of OneDrive cloud storage for free, “he said

While the Microsoft Teams app will focus on Windows 11, it also adds it to Microsoft 365 and Office 2021, so users can use it on Windows 10 and macOS.

Updates

It also adds a visual update to both Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 to be Windows 11 compliant. This includes a “neutral color scheme, softer window corners, refreshed tabs in the ribbon, and indicators. colorful presence ”so that users can easily see who is working on a document with them.

App themes will stay in sync with Windows light or dark mode by default.

“We’ve also intentionally aligned this visual update with the availability of Windows 11 to provide a consistent and seamless experience on a new Windows 11 PC. And yes, this update is also available for people using Windows 10,” he said. he declared.

Updated apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio.

These applications will also benefit from other new features.

In Excel, the tech giant will introduce the XLOOKUP function which helps users find items in a table or range by row on a worksheet. It will also add support for dynamic tables. A new LET function in Excel will assign names to the calculation results.

“This makes it possible to store intermediate calculations, values ​​or define names in a formula,” the tech giant explained in a support document.

A new XMATCH function will search for a specified element in an array or range of cells. The function then returns the relative position of the element. Users can also use XMATCH to return a value in an array.

In PowerPoint, the slideshow recording feature now supports presenter video recording, ink recording, and laser pointer recording.

Separately, users can replay their ink strokes as they were drawn.

“This allows you to illustrate things step by step or show a thought process. You can also pause the replay and select the starting point for the replay,” Microsoft explained.

It will also allow users to see items in screen reading order and rearrange them if necessary to effectively communicate their message.

On Outlook, it will allow users to translate email messages into over 70 languages ​​and view the transcript. Users can also annotate email images or draw in a separate canvas using their finger, pen, or mouse with the new update.

It also added a new Microsoft search box at the top of Microsoft Office applications in Windows.

“This powerful tool helps you quickly find what you’re looking for, from text to commands to help and more,” he said.

The new Office update will also bring improved performance, stability, and speed in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Additionally, the tech giant introduced an updated Draw tab in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

It will allow users to quickly access and change the color of all their inking tools in one place. Other new additions to the Draw tab include a point eraser, ruler, and lasso.

It will now also include support for the OpenDocument (ODF) 1.3 format in these three applications. The ODF 1.3 specification adds support for many new features, he said.

Users can upload their files to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online to make sure all of their updates are saved automatically.

Price

Office Home and Student 2021 will be priced at $ 149.99. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams for PC and Mac.

Office Home and Business 2021 will cost $ 249.99 and come with everything in Office Home and Business 2021, plus Outlook for PC and Mac and the rights to use the apps for business purposes.

Users will be able to purchase Office 2021 from retailers around the world and through Microsoft.com starting October 5, 2021.

Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 will both run on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the three most recent versions of macOS. Users should also take note that Office 2013 will not be supported on Windows 11.

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