With Microsoft and competitors pushing their services into the cloud, i.e. for use over an Internet connection, many may have already thought that the time for traditional separately purchased Office software is over.

However, this does not seem to be the case.

Windows Central noticed a blog entry from the Microsoft Exchange team telling in one sentence about a new version of Office that will be purchased once and then allowed to remain permanent.

- Microsoft Office will receive a new permanent release for both Windows and Mac in the second half of 2021, Microsoft writes.

A perpetual license refers to Office, which is not based on a monthly fee.

This year, Microsoft has revamped its monthly office software to such an extent that expectations for a new one-time Office may have fallen further.

Formerly known as Office 365, the subscription-based service for Word, Excel, and Outlook, for example, changed to Microsoft 365. At the same time, Microsoft released Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions to replace consumer Office 365 subscriptions.

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Office 2019, Microsoft's previous one-time office software, was released in 2018.

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The name, pricing or exact schedule of the future Office has not been announced.

For now, it’s also unclear whether the new one-time Office will offer all the tools that make it a comparable alternative to a Microsoft 365 subscription.