Microsoft has announced the availability of the next edition of perpetual-license Office for commercial and government customers. The new Office suite is dubbed “Office LTSC 2021,” as in “Long-term Support Channel,” and was built as a subset of the feature catalog of Office 365 (and its more expensive, expansive sibling, Microsoft 365) that, once released, will live unchanged until it exhausts support.
The company while unveiling the new Office Suite said that the Office LTSC 2021 won’t receive any new features now that it has been released. It should be noted that the Office LTSC 2021 includes only some, but not all, features that are available in versions of Office that come with a Microsoft 365 plan.
These characteristics are just some of Office LTSC’s that Microsoft has long used to cast the perpetual license as second-class (or even third-class) when compared to the rent-not-buy Office 365 and Microsoft 365.
The new Office suite is named “Office LTSC 2021” and it is a subset of the feature catalog of Office 365.
Microsoft vastly prefers customers opt for the subscription plans of those latter product names because the revenue is first, never-ending, and second, regular and thus knowable (more or less) in advance). It openly puts policies on perpetual license versions or limits what the software can do to push customers toward subscriptions.
According to Microsoft’s support lifecycle site, Office LTSC 2021 will be supported for only five years, half the time of most past Office suites (and two years shorter than the truncated-before-launch Office 2019).
It further stated that the support will consist of security updates and only security updates and that it won’t provide code fixes to resolve non-security related problems.