Office 2021 is the latest version of Microsoft’s office suite that’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.
What’s New in Office 2021?
If you’re upgrading from the 2019 version, here’s a list of the major new features. Keep in mind that these will be new only if you’re coming from an earlier perpetual-license version. Microsoft 365 subscribers saw 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 cells, and customized views for individual sheets.
PowerPoint lets 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 with Microsoft Teams, Microsoft’s answer to Slack.
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’t need to 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.
🔸 A variety of powerful tools to process the text
🔸 Enhanced workflow with better performance
🔸 Handle databases and organize the content
🔸 Customize the layout of the documents
🔸 Add images and other content to the documents
🔸 Manage Spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
🔸 Handle complex calculations and handle a huge amount of data
🔸 Ribbon-based user interface with clear-cut interface
🔸 Manage databases and handle different projects