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October 09, 2022

Final version of Office 2021 for Windows and Mac users announced

Microsoft has officially announced the availability of the final version of its Office 2021 release for Windows and Mac users. After the release of the preview version in the first half of this year, the product has been refined and is now available to users. Office 2021 includes updated versions of apps from the suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher.

Microsoft Office 2016-2019-2021 includes:
– Microsoft Office Mondo 2016
– Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016
– Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019
– Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2021
– Microsoft Office Professional 2016
– Microsoft Office Professional 2019
– Microsoft Office Professional 2021
– Microsoft Office Professional Premium
– Microsoft Office Standard 2016

– Microsoft Office Standard 2019
– Microsoft Office Standard 2021
– Microsoft Project Professional 2016
– Microsoft Project Professional 2019
– Microsoft Project Professional 2021
– Microsoft Project Standard 2016
– Microsoft Project Standard 2019
– Microsoft Project Standard 2021
– Microsoft Visio Professional 2016
– Microsoft Visio Professional 2019
– Microsoft Visio Professional 2021
– Microsoft Visio Standard 2016
– Microsoft Visio Standard 2019
– Microsoft Visio Standard 2021
– Microsoft Office Home Business 2016
– Microsoft Office Home Business 2019
– Microsoft Office Home Business 2021
– Microsoft Office Home Business Premium
– Microsoft Office Home Student 2016
– Microsoft Office Home Student 2019
– Microsoft Office Home Student 2021
– Microsoft Office 365 (Home Premium)
– Microsoft Office 365 (Education Cloud)
– Microsoft Office 365 apps for Business
– Microsoft Office 365 apps for enterprises
– Microsoft Office 365 For Professionals and Small Businesses Premium

Office 2021 includes virtually every change added to the suite of programs in Office 365 over the past 3 years, although some features remain exclusive to subscribers. In addition to the main programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, which are available for both Windows and macOS, the Access and Publisher versions are available only for Windows and, as usual, are included only in premiums. Visio and Project for Windows are also available, although they are not part of the current version of Office.

What’s new in Office 2021:


– Excel icon got bigger
– Precision cell selection
– Key pivot table enhancements: personalization, automatic relationship detection, time grouping, expand and reduce buttons, Search in field lists, Smart renaming, Multi-screen slicer, Faster OLAP pivot tables, Create, Filter on timelines
– New data analysis capabilities
– New types of charts, 2D maps
– New formulas, Excel functions
– CSV(UTF-8) support
– Improved access to latest files and folders and book version history
– Data protection (DLP) in Excel
– Publish to Power BI
– PowerPivot enhancements
– Retrieve & transform enhancements (PowerQuery)
– Insert SVG, icons and convert to shapes, insert 3D models
– Improved handwriting support


– Large Powerpoint icon
– Morphing transition
– Zoom effect to jump to specific slides, sections and parts of your presentations
– Scalable ink enhancement: incorporate digital colorful gestures, pens, markers and pencils, effects, layer eraser, ruler to draw straight lines at any angle, slide show control with gestures.
– Insert and manage icons, SVG and 3D models, convert SVG icons to shapes
– Improved drawing and free form markings
– Export 4K video


– Large Outlook icon
– Automatically download OneDrive attachments
– Ability to see answers
– Incoming focus
– Voice dictation and reading aloud
– Adding multiple time zones to your calendar
– Marking emails as read when deleted
– Pop-up memories
– Travel and delivery summary cards, updated business cards.
– Improved availability control
– Office 365 support (with Exchange online account)


– Access icon increased in size
– 11 new charts to make it easier to understand the data stored in access forms and reports
– Bigint support
– Return the dBASE format of an import, link or export
– Sort properties window for forms and reports
– Feature shortcut for controls
– Reconnect improved ODBC logic
– Shortcut key for editing list item values (Ctrl + E)
– Accessibility improvements

Office 2021 has not:

– An editor and explorer of features in Word.
– Tap into Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
– PowerPoint Designer
– Ideas and data types in Excel.
– Real-time sharing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
– Office 365 message encryption.
– Advanced threat protection in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneDrive for Business
– Protection of business enterprises.
– Sensitive label support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
– Licenses for shared computers
– FastTrack parameters
– Integration with Microsoft Intune

Release Notes:

Operating system:

– Dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or faster
– 2.0 GHz + for Skype for Business
– 4 GB RAM for 64-bit; 2 GB RAM for 32-bit systems
– 4.0 GB free disk space
– Screen resolution 1280 x 768 or higher
– Windows 10, Windows Server 2019
– Requires DirectX 9 or higher, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10
– Internet access is not required. Activation – Internet- or phone-based and KMS or MAK for enterprises.

Source: kivuhub

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