New Update Microsoft Office 2024 Preview - Part of M365 and non-subscription options

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Source: Microsoft Office 2024 confirmed: won't require a subscription - gHacks Tech News

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in the second half of 2024 according to our sources.

Microsoft Office is provided in two different versions and several editions currently. There is the subscription-based Microsoft 365 version and the non-subscription version Microsoft Office 2021. While both are based on the same core Office version, things are not equal in many regards.

The most obvious difference is that the cloud-based version requires a subscription and an endless stream of money that wanders from the pockets of users and companies into Microsoft's wallets. The standalone Office 2021 does not require a subscription. It is more expensive, at least when you buy it directly from Microsoft, but it is a one-time payment kind of deal.

There is another difference. Microsoft does not push new features and updates to the standalone Office version. It is supported with security updates and bug fixes, but most of the new features land only in the cloud-based version. Also, certain connectivity features, mostly to Microsoft 365, may or may not work after the Office version leaves mainstream support.

Now, first screenshots of Microsoft Office 2024 have appeared online.
 

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IMHO Word, PowerPoint and Excel should be part of Windows and free. These are basics of the basics. I mean, Microsoft already does offer free online versions of same, so I don't see why they couldn't transform these as apps and ship them with Windows.
That functionally is provided by the M365 (Office) App for Desktop and Mobile users.

It's a lot easier to maintain a cross-platform Web app than shipping Windows 11+ with bloatware (unwanted Ad-supported) desktop application.
 

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That functionally is provided by the M365 (Office) App for Desktop and Mobile users.

It's a lot easier to maintain a cross-platform Web app than shipping Windows 11+ with bloatware (unwanted Ad-supported) desktop application.
Does it open Office files like real MS Office?
 

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Does it open Office files like real MS Office?
I'm unable to verify as I no longer use Windows.

Desktop and Documents synced with OneDrive can be opened online to use with Office Web version.
 

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