Are you interested in signing to Microsoft 365? Be assured that small and medium-sized businesses can buy an all-in-one Office subscription at the end of this year.
In a blog post posted by the company this Thursday Microsoft revealed more info regarding the new, affordable version of their Office productivity software, which will launch in the coming months. Microsoft stressed that although the main focus of its efforts remains its subscription service, Microsoft 365, it will also launch Office as a an one-time purchase option for customers who aren't yet prepared to migrate to a cloud-based infrastructure.
Office will come with two different versions, one designed for commercial users , dubbed Office LTSC (which is a reference to the word "long" in Term Service Channel) and another intended for personal use. Office LTSC will come with improved accessibility options, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint performance enhancements as well as visual enhancements such as the support for dark modes across all apps. It is designed for specific scenarios, and not for the entire company like control devices for processes in the manufacturing process which aren't accessible via the Internet.
Further details about pricing and new features for both the commercial and private version are expected to be revealed at the time Office is closer to the launch date. Both versions will include Windows as well as Mac versions, and will come with the OneNote application. The software will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions according to the announcement. Microsoft is going to support the software for five years and said that it does not plan to change the price at the time of release and can be purchased from www.office.com/setup.
The cloud will continue to be the focus.
Microsoft created this perpetual-software-license-based product to meet specific needs, but the company's primary focus will continue to be on cloud-based products.
"At Microsoft, we believe that the cloud will drive the future of work. Customers are turning increasingly to cloud to enable their employees whether they are front line employees at the workstation to sales teams on the move and remote workers who can connect from their homes. We've seen a remarkable rise in cloud adoption in every industry and will continue to invest and innovating on the cloud as we partner with businesses across the globe to create the most effective solutions for the future of work. Tap on office.com/myaccount
Microsoft's cloud and subscription-based offerings have been a major factor in the company's increase in revenue. The company had revenue in the range of $43.1 billion as of the close of the second quarter in their fiscal year 2021 (December 31 2020) that's an increase of 17 percent year-over-year, and significant revenue growth in the double-digits of Productivity and Business Processes (13 percent), Intelligent Cloud (23 percent) along with More Personal Computing (14 percent ).