Subscriptions may be ideal for certain services such as Netflix, with its constant flow of new content, but for a suite of tools like Microsoft Office? Paying every month doesn’t suit everyone, especially if all they want is access to the word processor and spreadsheet. Thankfully, a new perpetual license edition of the suite arrives next year.
Microsoft clearly pushes an Office subscription as the best way to access its always up-to-date suite of tools and services, while those who just want to buy a copy outright and use it for years to come are still using Office 2019, which released back in 2018. It was unclear whether 2019 would ever be replaced, but as spotted by Windows Central, Microsoft quietly confirmed in a news post by the Exchange team that “Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021.”