Microsoft is releasing a new preview version of both Office 2021 for Mac and Office LTSC this week, according to a report.

The move was first outed in February, but this is the first time we’ve seen any kind of timeframe that we can hang our hats on.

According to The Verge, the new Office 2021 will support both Apple silicon and Intel-based Macs. Because it isn’t a cloud-based app and there are no subscriptions involved, this might be the version of Office many people prefer. Just make sure that you have the right Mac – you’ll need at least 4GB of RAM and 10GB of storage.

The Verge also notes that once Office 2021 for Mac is here, it won’t receive any new features. At the time of writing, the following are included, however.

  • Line Focus, this feature removes distractions to let Word users move through a document line by line.
  • XLOOKUP, an Excel feature that lets you find things in a table or range by row.
  • Dynamic array support in Excel, which has new functions for dynamic arrays in spreadsheets.
  • Record a slide show with narration in PowerPoint.

Microsoft is also going to release a version of this update for Windows, but that won’t get the same preview treatment. Anyone wanting to get in on the Mac preview can download the installer from the Microsoft website now.

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