Office 2021: What’s new in 2021?

Office 2021 What's new in 2021

It’s the year 2022 and you’ve just been hired as a manager in a new office. You’re tasked with choosing the software that will be used in the office. This is a big decision, and you want to make sure you make the right one.

Microsoft has released Office 2021: Home and Business and Student, the latest version of its productivity suite. The new release includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Microsoft is touting several new features in the update, including dark mode support for Outlook, improvements to inking in Word and Excel, and customizable slide designs in PowerPoint. Office 2021: Home and Business is available now for both Windows and Mac.


Performance improvements

Office 2021 is a productivity suite from Microsoft that includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The latest release introduces several new features and performance improvements designed to make it easier to get work done. One of the most notable changes is the addition of real-time co-authoring in Word, which allows multiple users to edit a document at the same time. Excel has also been updated with new formulas and charts, making it easier to analyze data. In addition, PowerPoint now includes support for 4K resolution displays, making it ideal for presentations. Overall, Office 2021 is a significant update that offers several improvements over its predecessor.

The difference in Core Applications

As with previous versions of Office, Microsoft is offering two versions of Office 2021: Home and Business. The “Home” version includes the core applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote—while the “Business” version also includes Publisher and Access. Both versions are available as a one-time purchase or as part of an annual subscription to Office 365.

Dark Mode

The biggest change in Office 2021 is the addition of Dark Mode support for Outlook. Dark Mode is a new feature in Windows 10 that allows users to inverse the colors on their screen for easier night-time viewing. With Dark Mode enabled, Outlook will display a black background with white text. Microsoft has also updated the icons in Outlook to be more consistent with those used in the other Office applications.

Changes in PowerPoint

Another notable change is the addition of custom slide designs in PowerPoint. PowerPoint users will now be able to choose from a selection of pre-designed slides or create their custom designs using built-in templates. Microsoft has also added support for 4K resolution videos in PowerPoint 2021.


Microsoft has made some improvements to its inking features in Word and Excel. Inking allows users to write or draw directly on their documents using a stylus or finger. With the updates in Office 2021: Home and Business, ink effects will now appear quicker and be more responsive overall. Microsoft has also added pressure sensitivity support for certain pens, which will allow users to create thicker or thinner lines based on how hard they press down on their tablet or screen.

Visual Refresh

As part of Microsoft’s continuous effort to improve the Office suite, we are excited to announce a visual refresh for Office 2021. This includes updates to the user interface, as well as new icons and colors. They’ve updated the icons to be more modern and consistent with Microsoft’s Fluent Design System. For example, the new Word icon is inspired by a paper airplane. They’ve also updated the colors to be more vibrant and easier on the eyes. The overall effect is a cleaner, more modern look that will make using Office 2021 a more enjoyable experience.

Updated Ribbon Interface

In addition to the visual refresh, they’ve also made some improvements under the hood. One of the most noticeable changes is the updated ribbon interface. The ribbon is now collapsible, so you can have more space on your screen to focus on your work. They’ve also made it easier to customize the ribbon to suit your needs.

Updated Spell Checker

Other notable changes include an updated spell checker that uses machine learning to provide better suggestions, and an improved Tables feature in Word that makes it easier to insert and format tables.

Data Types

Excel has also received some love in this update, with new features like Data Types and Assistant that make working with data even easier. Other improvements include support for XLSX files larger than 2 GB, and the ability to reference cells in other sheets without opening them. With these and other enhancements, Excel 2021 is sure to be a valuable tool for users who rely on spreadsheets for their work.

Outlook has an instant search!

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of emails in your Outlook inbox. And if you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of time to search through all of those emails to find the one you’re looking for. Fortunately, there’s a feature in Outlook called Instant Search that can help you quickly find the email you need. To use Instant Search, simply enter a search term into the search box and press Enter. The search results will be displayed in real-time, so you can quickly scroll through and find the email you’re looking for. And if you have a lot of emails, you can use the Advanced Search option to narrow down your results. So if you’re looking for a quick way to find an email in Outlook, be sure to give Instant Search a try.

Home and Business is available now for both Windows and Mac. The new release includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Major new features include Dark Mode support for Outlook and custom slide designs in PowerPoint. Office 2021: Home and Business is available as a one-time purchase or as part of an annual subscription to Office 365.

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