This week, Microsoft released Office 2021 Standard for Mac (preview) with the first trial versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote and Teams. This system is not intended for home Office users and is instead intended to be a visualization program for organizations hoping to purchase and deploy “the new volume (perpetual) licensed version of Office that is scheduled to be released. still this year”.
The requirements for Office 2021 for Mac are quite broad. This new software is compatible with the three most recent versions of macOS and will continue to be compatible with the three most recent versions of macOS in the future. As each new version is released, the oldest of the three will no longer be supported for Office 2021.
Since April 2021, the three versions of macOS supported in Office 2021 for Mac (preview) are macOS Big Sur (11), macOS Cataline (10.15) and macOS Mojave (10.14). Users will need at least 4 GB of memory and 10 GB of available disk space.
Office 2021 for Mac (Preview) has native support for Intel-based Macs and Apple Silicon. Once the installer package is downloaded, Internet access is not required to install, activate or use the software.
This version of Office 2021 for Mac (preview) is very, very similar to Office 2019 for Mac. In fact, according to Microsoft, there are no “significant differences in how Office 2021 for Mac (preview) is installed and run on compared to Office 2019 for Mac ”.
Microsoft suggested this week that organizations in doubt about moving to Office 2021 should consider how easily the move can be made from one to the other. Management tools can run the VL Serializer in the background “even when the user still has Office 2019 for Mac applications open and running.” After the user closes and opens their Office 2019 for Mac applications, Office automatically switches to the Office 2021 license.