Microsoft will soon be releasing a preview version of its upcoming Office 2021 for the Mac and Office LTSC this week. While LTSC (Long term service channel) will be designed for commercial customers, both versions will be perpetual versions of Office that won’t rely on the subscription or on the cloud. Office 2021 for Mac will support both Apple Silicon and Intel- based Macs and will require at least 4GB of RAM and 10GB of storage space. It’s designed to be a static release of the Office, but during the preview there will be monthly updates that could include new features. Once Office 2021 for Mac is final and released no new features will be added.
The current improvements include Line Focus, this feature removes distractions to let Word users move through a document line by line, XLOOKUP, an excel feature that lets you find things in a table or range by row, Dynamic array support in Excel which has new functions for dynamic arrays in spreadsheets, record a slide show with narration in PowerPoint. Apart from this, Microsoft’s Office LTSC variant will also include things like dark mode support and accessibility improvements.