Does it make any sense to you that you need to pay for you using a tool like Microsoft Office on a monthly basis? There is nothing more annoying than the fact that the most recent version of Office i.e. Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service. And, for the purpose of continuing to use it, you need to pay for it once it’s subscription period gets over.
Subscription plans might work well with services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and so on because you are not sure about how long you are going to use them.
However, a product like Microsoft Office 2022 is something that a professional needs to use for almost a lifetime. When Microsoft launched Office 365, many users thought that they won’t be able to ever get their hands on a new one-time purchase of Office.
In a recent announcement made by Microsoft, it thrashed this rumor and misconception among users that they won’t be seeing a perpetual version of Office ever again.
You might remember that earlier the one-time purchase of Microsoft Office was available with its 2019 version. But, with this release, the wait of users is going to end soon.
What can be expected about this release?
When Microsoft made it clear to the users, it stated that the new version of Microsoft Office will be made available for the users in the latter half of 2021. In this yet to be launched version, users will get to use the most updated version of the following:
On the other hand, classical applications of Microsoft Office 2022 like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint might undergo some minor updates.
This release will be made available for both the users of the Windows operating system as well as Mac. Along with the updated version of everything, the licensed users are entitled to get the following:
We will share additional details around the official names, pricing, and availability of all these products later.
Prior to that, Microsoft Office was trying very hard to keep on dragging its subscription version, although there were no such problems people had with Microsoft 365, the only thing that pissed them off was paying for it every month.
The subscription-based product also gave the users access to all the classics as well as new apps and was a recognized tool for the collaboration purpose. But, Microsoft made it available as a one-time purchase, then users would not long for anything else.
Will it be similar to Office 2019?
Since Microsoft did not make anything clear about its pricing and technical specifications, many users as well as experts are suggesting it to be similar to Office 2019. You will get to learn more about it in the near future as soon as Microsoft makes any clear statements regarding this. But one thing that is quite obvious is that it can be only accessible via office.com/setup.
Till then, you may continue to use the existing version of Microsoft Office 2022 on your device and wait for the product launch till mid-2021.
Would it be worth upgrading to Office 2022?
Now, that we had a glance at all the aspects related to the new perpetual version of Microsoft Office (Office 2022), the one question that may come to an existing Microsoft Office user is “Is it worth upgrading to the latest version of Office or not?” Well, the answer to this question depends on the requirements of the user. Although, nowadays, the tech freaks are sticking to subscription-based programs rather than going for the one-time purchase. This is because of the services and features that keep on coming along with it. However, there is one good quality about MS Office 2022 i.e. you can continue to use it for as long as you want even if Microsoft ends support for the product, but only if you are not concerned about security. Now, the choice is all yours.