Office 2021 Professional is the new Microsoft office suite designed for small growing businesses. As a one-time purchase version, it doesn’t require a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Commercial users installing this version on their Windows 11 or Windows 10 computers will receive Word 2021, Excel 2021, PowerPoint 2021, Outlook 2021, Publisher 2021, Access 2021, OneNote, and Teams.
For those seeking the most comprehensive Office version, including Skype for Business, they can opt for Office 2021 Professional Plus.
Office Professional 2021
Office Professional 2021 differs from Microsoft 365 as it’s a local version not reliant on internet access for application use. This is advantageous for users not yet ready to transition to the cloud and prefer a one-time full-price purchase. However, access to subscription services won’t be available.
The new Office Professional 2021 is the most comprehensive retail version suitable for individuals or small businesses. Large corporations are recommended to consider the Pro Plus version.
Its interface resembles that of the 2019 version, so there are no major visible changes at first glance. It’s only upon delving into the program that some of its updates become apparent, such as the dark mode, accessibility enhancements, and unique functions.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support co-authoring, allowing real-time collaboration on the same document. Users can see who is currently working on the document and their specific section. There’s also an improvement in managing comments sent to co-authors.
Available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 11 and Windows 10, this Office version will receive security patches and bug fixes for five years from its launch date.
Enhanced user interface for a modern start experience
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support simultaneous collaboration on the same document
View who else is working with you and where they are in the document
New content for the Office Premium library
New Microsoft search box for quick searches
Improved performance across applications
New Excel functions like XLOOKUP, XMATCH, and LET
Prevent file loss by uploading them to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online
Updated drawing tab for quick color changes
Microsoft Access enhances the Linked Table Manager for updating, re-linking, adding, editing, searching, and deleting linked tables
New SQL DateTime2 data type in Access
Important Note: If you had a previous version of Office on your PC (e.g., 2019/2016), it’s necessary to completely uninstall Office to remove all traces before installing this 2021 version. Otherwise, downloading Office 2021 might result in the installation of the previous version (2019, 2016, or others you had).
Download link: Microsoft Office 2021 Professional