Microsoft Office Professional 2021 Review (2023)

Office 2021 is the latest version of Microsoft'soffice suitethat’s probably more widely used than all other desktop applications in the world. The new iteration is faster and has some welcome additions—now shipping with Microsoft Teams and adding on-the-fly translation of foreign languages to Outlook, for example. Office 2021 is not a revolutionary change to the killer suite, but that's okay. If you've used recent versions of the suite, you'll find the 2021 version to be a comfortingly familiar experience, with a low learning curve. Once you upgrade, you can get back to work quickly, yet you'll also find enough new touches for it to be worth the money. Office 2021 is a clear Editors' Choice winner for office suites.

How Much Does Office 2021 Cost?

Office 2021 costs $439.99, or $149.99 for students. The 2021 date in the name means that this is aperpetual licenseversion that you buy once and use forever—or at least until you decide to upgrade.

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Microsoft also offers Office as a subscription calledMicrosoft 365(formerly Office 365), which requires you to pay for it by the month or year. When you buy the perpetual license version, you get security updates every few months, but you don’t get the monthly jolt of new features that Microsoft provides to subscribers. You also miss out on generousOneDriveonline storage and other extras. If you’re a corporate IT manager or just don’t like subscriptions, you’ll prefer the perpetual-license version.

Here we cover Office Professional 2021 for Windows, but much of it applies equally to Office for Mac, which also now comes in a perpetual license version. If you’re already using Office apps through a Microsoft 365 subscription, you won’t find any surprises in Office 2021. If, however, you’re using an older perpetual-license version, such as Office 2019, Office 2016, or earlier versions, you’ll find new and mostly improved features that you may decide are worth having—more about those in a moment.

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Some features formerly only available in Office’s browser-based version are now available in the desktop apps. For example, in the Office 2021 desktop apps, you can now coauthor documents in real time, complete with clear visual indicators of who else iscollaboratingon the document and where they’re making changes.

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Except for the newly slotted-in features, Office 2021 looks mostly like the 2019 and 2016 versions. You don’t have to worry about learning a new interface.

What's New in Office 2021?

If you’re upgrading from the 2019 version, here’s a list of the major new features. Keep mind that these will be new only if you’re coming from an earlier perpetual-license version. Microsoft 365subscriberssaw these features added gradually over the past two years.

  • Excel has formulas that immediately return an array of values, a function that assigns names to the results of calculations so that you can use those names in a formula, a function that returns the relative position of an item in a range of cell, and customized views for individual sheets.

  • PowerPointlets you replay animations in which you apply freehand inking to a slide and adds a feature that lets you create a link to a specific slide and send the link to a colleague, with an option to let them edit it.

  • Outlook gets on-the-fly translations, faster searches, freehand inking, and more.

  • For the first time, Office ships withMicrosoft Teams, Microsoft’s answer toSlack.

None of these new features are revolutionary. If you’re already running the 2016 or 2019 version, and you don’t really need these new 2021 improvements, you don'tneedto spend money on the new version. If you’re setting up a new computer, however, and you don’t have an existing license for Office, then you won’t regret starting with the 2021 edition. If you’re upgrading from a previous version, keep in mind that Microsoft, unlike many other vendors, doesn’t offer reduced-price upgrades. You pay the same amount, whether you’re just starting out with Office or have been using it since the previous century.

How to Buy Office 2021

When you try to buy Office 2021, Microsoft makes it clear that it wants you to pay for a subscription to Microsoft 365, rather than buy a perpetual license. To find the option to buy a perpetual license, go to theMicrosoft 365 page(Opens in a new window), select either "Personal and Family" or "Business," depending on the version you want.

If you select Personal and Family, scroll down until you see a large comparison table. At the top right is an option to buy Office Home & Student 2021 as a one-time purchase for PC and Mac for $149.99. This version doesn't include Outlook.

If you select Business, scroll all the way down until you see "Looking for Office as a one-time purchase? Compare products." Choose that option, and you end up on a page that shows the perpetual license offer for $249.99.

I tested the high-end Office Professional 2021 version ($439.99), which adds Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Access to the basic apps. You canbuy this version directly from Microsoft(Opens in a new window)or through third-party sites such as Amazon.

Microsoft also has a new LTSC (Long-Term Service Channel) version with fewer features, available only to volume-license purchasers, designed for corporations that don’t intend to upgrade their systems often.

Office 2021 went public on the same day that Microsoft released Windows 11 to the public, but you don’t needWindows 11to run Office 2021. If you’re one of the relatively small number of users who needs to use 32-bit Windows because you have applications that won’t work in 64-bit versions, you’ll want to know that Office 2021 includes a 32-bit version, and the setup program will automatically install it on a 32-bit Windows system. Windows 11 only comes in a 64-bit version, but if you’re running 32-bit Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to support it until 2025.

You Know These Apps

It's a certainty that a great many PCMag readers already know their way around Microsoft Office, so we're only taking a brief look at each of the major apps in the suite, and we're keeping the emphasis on new features. For those who want deeper dives on the components, we'll be writing full reviews of several of the bigger ones as we use them over the coming months.

Microsoft Word, the Wordsmith's Choice

The most powerful word processor ever made gets easier to use with each new version. Word offers so many high-tech features that you may need to search for them—and fortunately, Word and the other apps now include a prominent feature-search field in the title bar. The new search bar also finds Help topics for any terms you enter. If, like most users, you can’t remember that the menus for editing headers and footers are on the Ribbon menu’s Insert tab, type Header into the feature-search field and Word will take you to the place in the Ribbon where you want to go.

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There are some gaps, however. If you’re looking for the Master Document feature, which lets you build a large document from separately editable chapters, the feature-search field doesn't find it unless you already know that you need to change the View setting from Print Layout to Outline first.

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If you use a mouse, Word’s multiple-pane interface works beautifully: Just click in the Proofing pane and correct your spelling and grammar. But if you rely on the keyboard, it’s a real challenge to get to the Proofing pane and select the option you want. I still haven’t figured out how to use the keyboard to navigate the Proofing pane, as shown in the image below.

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Such minor complaints aside, Word outclasses everything in competition in ways that benefit both beginners and advanced users. Beginners get to choose among thousands of elegant template designs downloadable directly from Word's New menu. Advanced users get to use the most full-featured programming language in any word-processor, the same Visual Basic for Applications usable in Excel and PowerPoint. It's not an easy language to learn, but anyone can learn the basics by recording a macro and then studying the resulting code in Word's built-in Visual Basic editor. And if you can't program Word to do what you want, you can probably find what you want in the many of macros others have posted online.

In a welcome nod to the trend toward distraction-freewriting apps, Office 2021 adds a Focus mode for when you're trying to concentrate on your work. Just click the Focus button on the toolbar at the foot of the window and switch instantly to a full-screen editing mode with no visible menus, only a scrollbar and buttons at the top that restore the normal window or close the file. If you have a two-monitor setup, Focus mode operates only in one monitor so you'll need to power off your second monitor if you want no distractions at all.

Excel Excels

Excel has always outclassed every other spreadsheet app for speed and power, and that doesn't change in the latest update. The 2021 version seems slightly faster than the 2019 version when you're working with large, complex worksheets, but the major reason to get the new version is its expanded feature set.

An ingenious new XLOOKUP function makes it easy to display a value from a large array of data. For example, you may have a column that lists stock symbols and another column that lists current prices of the same stocks. You can go anywhere else in your worksheet and assign one cell as a cell where you can type in a stock symbol, and assign another cell as the one that will display the price of the stock you typed. (This second cell is the one where you create an XLOOKUP formula.)

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A new dynamic array feature lets you create a formula in the first cell of a table that returns data from all the rows in the table, no matter how many rows it contains, so you don’t have to know in advance how many rows your table will contain. This feature extends a nifty and little-known feature from earlier versions that lets you start with two columns, one containing first names, the other containing last names, and automatically create a new column that combines the first and last names into full names.

One other notable new feature for shared workbooks makes it easy for you to create a custom sheet view that displays only the data you want to work with, while other people working on the same workbook at the same time can have their own custom views. In other words, you can display only one part of a data set while someone else working on the same sheet displays a different part. The screenshot below was taken on the macOS version, because, for reasons that I don’t understand, I couldn’t get the sheet view to appear on my Windows PC—a glitch that Microsoft hasn’t explained to me.

Get hints for mastering this massive app in our story,26 Excel Tips for Becoming a Spreadsheet Pro.

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PowerPoint's on Point

I already mentioned presentation powerhouse PowerPoint’s new ability to record your freehand inking for playback later. PowerPoint adds a few other convenience features, like the ability to record a slideshow and save it as a video file.

New to PowerPoint or looking to level up you prowess? Try our6 Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Presentations Fast.

Outlook: Rich With Features or Bloated?

Outlook is a mature app—some users find it more bloated with features than it needs to be—and it hasn’t changed much in the new version. When you type a search term into the new search field, a new tab appears on the ribbon that lets you narrow your search to specific senders, recipients, and other criteria.

The new Translator for Outlook add-in converts text among over 70 languages. And touch-screen users can mark up emails with digital ink.

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Installation: Easy or Near-Impossible

If you’re using an older, non-subscription version of Office, you may see a pop-up offering you the chance to try or buy the new version. If you follow the prompts, you can install the upgrade easily. And if you already have a non-subscription version, you can upgrade easily from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft doesn’t remove the older version when you install the new one, however, and your system can get confused over which version to use. It makes sense to uninstall the old version after installing the new one. Keep in mind that you may need to make a repair installation of the new version if you encounter problems after removing the old one.

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If you’re trying to switch from a subscription-based Microsoft 365 installation to a perpetual license, expect to take a few extra steps. After you run the Office 2021 installer, open one of the Office apps, click on the File menu, then the Account tab, and look at Product Information. If it tells you that you’re using Office 365 or an earlier version of Office, click the Change License button. Then in the next dialog, if you’re already logged in to your Microsoft account and the email address of your account is displayed in the dialog box, click onUse a different account,and then find the very small type that saysEnter a product key instead.Finally, you reach the dialog where you can enter your product key and activate Office 2021. If you’re not signed in to your Microsoft account, simply click the Change License button and find the link that saysEnter a product key instead.

At least, that’s the way to make the switch from subscription-based Office to perpetual-license Office if all goes well. When I tried to make this switch on my test system, some Office apps kept reporting themselves as the Microsoft 365 versions. After I tried uninstalling Microsoft 365, Excel continued to insist that I had the 365 version. This problem is so common that Microsoft actually offers an Office uninstall support tool (search for it if you need it) that’s supposed to scrub away the 365 version.

Not even Microsoft’s scrubbing tool could clear out all traces of older versions and let me make a clean install of Office 2021. The only way I finally sorted everything out was by deleting all the Office-related folders in my Program Files and AppData folders and clearing out all the Office entries in the Windows Registry.

Alternatives to Office

Most of the alternatives to Office are less powerful or more annoying. The most popular rival products are the freeGoogle Workspace(aka Google Docs), which operates only in a web browser or as a mobile app—with all the security risks that go with storing your documents in the cloud; and the free open-sourceLibreOffice, which operates only as a desktop application. Microsoft Office, in contrast, runs on a desktop, in a browser, and as a mobile app. A free Microsoft account gives you access to all three. You have to pay for Microsoft’s desktop apps—the online versions are free—but you don’t have to worry about accessing your documents when you’re offline, as you do with Google Docs. Office also gives you far more reliable and feature-packed apps than LibreOffice does. With Google’s apps, if you want to collaborate with colleagues, everyone has to access the documents on Google’s servers. With Microsoft Office, you can collaborate on documents stored on a Microsoft SharePoint Server, in a personal OneDrive folder, or on Dropbox.

Other alternatives worth considering are the many commercial Office work-alike desktop applications that cost less and also do less. We likeSoftMaker Office 2021(free for a limited version, $79.95 and up for the full-featured version), but you might also look into rival products like Kingsoft WPS Office (free for a limited version, $119.99 for a perpetual-license version, or $29.99 per year for a subscription), which we hope to review in the future. Only one major office suite doesn’t try to imitate the way Microsoft Word creates documents, and that’sCorel WordPerfect Office 2021($249.99), which, unlike all other current word processors, uses a reveal-codes screen that lets you see exactly how your document is formatted, giving you complete control over it. WordPerfect also makes it easy to perform some cleanup operations that are hopelessly tedious in Word, such as removing unneeded style settings that Word creates when you import data from other applications.

Of course, macOS users can useApple’s iWorksuite in desktop, iOS, or browser-based versions, with real-time collaboration available in all of them. If you use an Android device, Linux computer, or Windows PC, you’ll be able to edit Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes documents only in a web browser.

For anyone doing serious work on a Windows PC, Microsoft Office is close to indispensable. Students and home users can get along well enough with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and anyone who needs to use open-source software for legal or other reasons can choose the buggier but no-cost LibreOffice. Mac users have Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but you need to export the documents in Office formats in order to share them with Windows or Linux users (unless you force them to use the iWork web apps, that is).

If you're working in an Apple-only environment, then Keynote is the obvious choice among presentation apps. Apple's Numbers is terrific for innovative-looking graphic intensive spreadsheets, and makes many features easier to use than Excel does, but, overall, Excel is far more powerful. Keep in mind, too, that you'll probably need to export your Numbers worksheets to Excel format if you plan to share them. Microsoft Word is a mix of unique power and unique annoyances, but its file format is only one that you can exchange with almost anyone, no matter what operating system they use—including Linux, where LibreOffice can open and save in Microsoft formats.

Best for Stability and Reliability

We can’t tell you whether you'll prefer a Microsoft 365 subscription or a perpetual license for Office 2021. If you value stability and don’t want to worry about losing access to your apps if a subscription runs out, definitely go for Office 2021. If you like the idea of a monthly helping of new features and need the latest and greatest—along with a terabyte of online storage for backup and syncing—then get the subscription version. Either way, we can’t imagine a work week without Microsoft Office, and probably you can’t either. Office 2021 is our clear Editors' Choice winner for office apps, just as its predecessors have been.

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  • By far the most powerful office suite

  • Includes access to web and mobile versions

  • Cleaner interface with no new learning curve

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  • Microsoft Word’s automation features are intrusive and hard to control

  • Outlook can seem bloated and unwieldy

  • Some features are deeply hidden in obscure menus

The Bottom Line

Microsoft Office is the best set of productivity apps for serious office work. The new version is an incremental upgrade that adds speed and some ingenious convenience features but otherwise works almost exactly like earlier versions, so there's no big learning curve for upgraders.

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Microsoft Office Professional 2021 Review? ›

It offers many great improvements over previous versions, making your workflow more fluid than ever before. After a month of use, we found that Microsoft Office 2021 was designed to make your life easier.

Is it worth getting Office 2021? ›

It offers many great improvements over previous versions, making your workflow more fluid than ever before. After a month of use, we found that Microsoft Office 2021 was designed to make your life easier.

What is included in Office Professional 2021? ›

Office Professional 2021
  • One-time purchase for 1 PC.
  • Classic 2021 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus Publisher and Access.
  • Microsoft support included for first 60 days at no extra cost.
  • Compatible with Windows 11 and Windows 10*
  • Works with Microsoft Teams.

What is the difference between Office Standard 2021 and Professional 2021? ›

The key distinction between Office Standard and Office professional is their software applications. The Office Standard has Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, and Word only. While Office Professional has Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word, and Outlook with Business Contact Manager.

What is different about Microsoft Office 2021 Professional Plus? ›

Microsoft Office 2021 Editions

Professional: Includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher and Access. Uses Windows Installer method for offline installation. Professional Plus: Only available through volume licensing channels; includes core applications plus Outlook, Publisher, Access and Skype for Business.

Is Office 2021 discontinued? ›

Is Office going away entirely? No, as part of Microsoft 365 you will continue to get access to apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. We will also continue to offer one-time purchases of those apps to consumers and businesses via Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans.

Which version of Office 2021 is best? ›

Microsoft 365 is the best option since you can install the apps on every supported device (Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and macOS). It is also the only option that provides continuous updates at a low cost of ownership.

Does Office Professional Plus 2021 expire? ›

That purchase of a license to legally run the software gives you the right to use that version of Office 2021 in perpetuity. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite for as long as they want. Pay for Office 2021 this year and use it for the next seven years? Fine.

How long will Office 2021 be supported? ›

Support Dates
ListingStart DateRetirement Date
Office 2021Oct 5, 2021Oct 13, 2026

How to get Office Professional 2021 for free? ›

Here's how to get them:
  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign up for the free version of Office under the "Sign in" button.
  3. Log in to your Microsoft account or create one for free. ...
  4. Select the app you want to use and save your work in the cloud with OneDrive.
Apr 30, 2023

Does Office Professional 2021 include Outlook? ›

It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Does Office 2021 include PowerPoint? ›

Office 2021 is the standalone iteration of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite. It includes the three core Office applications, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, in addition to other tools that vary from one edition to another.

Does Office Professional Plus 2021 include Outlook? ›

Office LTSC Professional Plus 2021 includes Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Skype for Business, Teams, and Word. Access and Publisher aren't available for devices running macOS. Office LTSC 2021 includes the OneNote desktop app.

How much does Office 2021 cost? ›

Comparing Different Versions of Office 2021
FeatureOffice 2021 Home & StudentOffice 2021 Professional
Access 2021NoYes
License TypeSingle PC/MacSingle PC/Mac
Technical SupportLimitedLimited
Price (USD)*$149.99$439.99
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Oct 3, 2022

How to activate MS Office 2021 Professional Plus permanently for free? ›

Method 2: Activate Microsoft Office 2021 using Batch File

Step 1: Right-click the Activator.bat file, then select Run as administrator (You can find it in the Office2021 zip file). Finally, check the activation status of Microsoft Office 2021. Congratulations! The activation was completed successfully.

How many devices can you have on Microsoft Office 2021? ›

Each person can sign in to Office using their own Microsoft account on your device to create and edit their own files. With Microsoft 365, you can install and sign in to Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones.

Can I buy Office 2021 outright? ›

Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Microsoft 365 apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs.

Is Office 2021 or Office 2019 better? ›

Overall, Microsoft Office 2021 is the most up-to-date and feature-rich version of the suite, but it also comes with the highest cost. Office 2019 is a good choice for users who don't need the latest features but still want support and security updates.

Is Office 2021 the same as Office 365? ›

Microsoft 365 plans include Office 2021 as a part of a greater offering. It also includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and machine learning. There are multiple plans to choose from depending on your needs. The services included in Microsoft 365 are also available as separate licenses.

Can I buy Microsoft Office for lifetime? ›

Microsoft Office Professional 2021 lifetime license: $30

It's available for both Mac and Windows, so be sure to grab the right one for the computer that you use regularly. If you're looking for productivity tools, it's difficult to match the Microsoft Office suite of apps.

Is Office 2021 only for Windows 11? ›

Office Home and Student 2021 is for students and families who want classic Office apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows 11 and Windows 10. A one-time purchase installed on 1 PC or Mac for use at home or school.

Should I upgrade from Office 2016 to 2021? ›

Compared to the 2013, 2016, and 2019 releases, Office 2021 has the most enhanced collaboration features. The real-time co-authoring is finally available in all three core Office apps - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint - as long as the documents are in OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage.

Do I really need to renew Microsoft Office every year? ›

Yes, Office 365 does expire if you don't renew your subscription. If you don't renew your subscription, you will lose access to all the Office apps and services that are included in your subscription. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more.

How do I activate Office 2021 for lifetime? ›

After that, you need to activate Office 2021 as well as upgrade the program from Microsoft 365 to Office 2021. Open an Office program, and then select [File]⑧ at the upper-left corner of the toolbar. Select [Account]⑨, and then click [Activate Product]⑩.

Will Office 2021 run on Windows 10? ›

Both Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 run on Windows 11, Windows 10, and the three most recent versions of macOS.

How many times can I install Office 2021? ›

Subscriptions based on users, not computers: With Office 365, you request subscriptions — also known as "seats" — for each Office 365 user within your organisation. For paid plans, each user can download and install the Office apps on up to five devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

Why can't i install Office 2021? ›

If you encountered a problem while installing Office on a PC, try restarting your computer and then attempting to install Office again. If that didn't help, use this easy fix tool to uninstall Office completely. After your uninstall is complete, try reinstalling Office.

Is Microsoft Office being phased out? ›

Even though most things are changing to Microsoft 365, Office is not going away entirely. Existing Office 365 subscription plans will be unaffected. And we'll continue to offer one-time purchase options, such as Office 2021, and Office LTSC plans.

How do I activate Office Professional Plus 2021? ›

If you bought a new Microsoft 365 product key card, or you received a product key when you bought Microsoft 365through an online store, go to or and follow the on-screen prompts.

What is the 2021 version of Office? ›

Overview of the Microsoft Office 2021 Versions
Home and Student 2021Professional 2021
Pricing planOne-time paymentOne-time payment
Tech support
Usage1 PC or Mac1 PC or Mac
Word, Excel, PowerPoint
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How can I get Microsoft Office for free legally? ›

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. Use your valid school email address to get started today.

Which version of Office should I install? ›

We recommend the 32-bit version of Microsoft 365 for most users, because it's more compatible with most other applications, especially 3rd-party add-ins. However, consider the 64-bit version, especially if you're working with large blocks of information or graphics.

Will Office 2021 work on my computer? ›

Office 2021 can be installed on one Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC or one of the three most recent macOS versions.

When you buy a new laptop does it come with Microsoft Office? ›

Your new laptop includes Microsoft Office 365 Personal pre-installed. Your 1-year subscription includes a host of benefits: Office 365 Personal can also be installed on one tablet and one smartphone, allowing you to sync your files across all your devices.

What is the difference between Outlook 2021 and Office 365? ›

The biggest difference between Microsoft Office 365 vs 2021 is that Office 365 is a subscription service, while Office 2021 is a one-time purchase. This means that with Office 365, you always have the latest version of the software and access to online storage and collaboration features.

What is Professional Plus 2021? ›

Office Professional Plus 2021 is for growing small businesses who want the classic Office apps plus Outlook, Publisher and Access. A one-time purchase installed on one PC for use at work.

How many computers can I use Microsoft Office 2021 Professional Plus? ›

Microsoft Office 2021 Professional Plus includes the well-known programmes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, the e-mail service Outlook and the database management Access. In addition, Teams, OneNote and Publisher are part of this package. Requires Windows 10/11. Can be used by one user on up to five devices.

Is Microsoft Office 2021 a yearly subscription? ›

Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options, which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you'll have to buy it at full price.

How much is Office 2021 stand alone? ›

Office Home and Business 2021 is priced at $249.99 and will include everything in the Home version and Outlook for PC and Mac, alongside the rights to use all of the Office apps for business purposes.

How much does Office 2021 standalone cost? ›

The Personal version of Microsoft 365 costs $70 per year, so buying the standalone Home & Student 2021 for $125 means you'll be saving money if you stick with it for longer than a year and a half.

Can I use Office 2021 without activation? ›

Unfortunately no. All retail copies of Office since 2013 need to be paired to a Microsoft account for activation purposes. Only the volume licence (corporate/enterprise) versions don't have this requirement.

How to download Office 2021 Professional Plus with product key? ›

Microsoft 365, Office 2021, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013 (PC and Mac)
  1. To redeem a new purchase.
  2. Step 1: Go to or
  3. Step 2: Sign in with your Microsoft account, or create one if you don't have one. ...
  4. Step 3: Enter your product key, without hyphens, if prompted.

How do I uninstall Office Professional Plus 2021? ›

Uninstall Microsoft 365 from Settings in Windows 10
  1. Select Start > Settings. > Apps.
  2. Under Apps & Features select the version of Microsoft 365 you want to uninstall. ...
  3. Select Uninstall.

How much storage does Microsoft Office 2021 need? ›

Microsoft Office 2021 Information
  • Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, or later.
  • 1.1 GHz or faster, 2-core.
  • 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).
  • 4 GB of free hard disk space.
May 13, 2022

Can I reinstall Office 2021 on another computer? ›

Move Office to another computer

Uninstall Office from the original computer. On the new computer, sign in to your My Account page and click Install. After you finish installing, you may be asked to activate Office over the phone.

Do we have downgrade rights for Office 2021? ›

If you've purchased OEM licenses, the application products (Office, Project, Visio, etc.) do not include downgrade rights. The server products after 2003 typically do include downgrade rights, and the Windows Operating Systems from Windows Vista through Windows 10 Professional do include downgrade rights.

Can I get Office 2021 for free? ›

You decide what works best for you: Small business, Enterprise, School, or Non-profit. Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Microsoft 365 apps for one computer.

How to buy Office 2021 for free? ›

How to get Microsoft Office suite free if you're anyone else
  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign up for the free version of Office under the "Sign in" button.
  3. Log in to your Microsoft account or create one for free. ...
  4. Select the app you want to use and save your work in the cloud with OneDrive.
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Is Office 2021 newer than Office 365? ›

MS Office 2021 is the latest desktop version of Microsoft Office products; MS Office in Office 365 is the cloud-based version of the same productivity suite. Both versions come with all of the familiar applications, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Which version of Microsoft Office is best? ›

Features: Microsoft Office 2021 is the most up-to-date version of the suite and includes all the latest features, such as AI-powered grammar suggestions and new data analysis tools. Office 2019 and 2016 both offer similar functionality, but they lack some of the newer features found in Office 2021.

How to download and install Office 2021 Professional Plus? ›

Go to and sign in with an existing Microsoft account or create a new one, then enter your product key. Follow the remaining prompts to finish linking your Microsoft account with this version of Microsoft 365. No product key or not sure if you need one? See Using product keys with Office.

What version of Microsoft Office is completely free? ›

Free Microsoft 365 Online. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Does Microsoft Office expire every year? ›

Yes, Office 365 does expire if you don't renew your subscription. If you don't renew your subscription, you will lose access to all the Office apps and services that are included in your subscription.

Does Office 2021 include Outlook? ›

Office Home and Business 2021 is for families and small businesses who want classic Office apps and email. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows 11 and Windows 10. A one-time purchase installed on 1 PC or Mac for use at home or work.


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