Deal Alert: Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 available for $99

Microsoft Office Visual Update

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2021 is now available for $99.99 from Amazon US.  Office Home and Student 2021 includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps. You can find the deal here at Amazon.

  • With real-time co-authoring in Office 2021, you can work with others in the same document at the same time.
  • Microsoft Teams is now part of Office 2021 suite.
  • New visual update: A neutral color palette, softer window corners, refreshed tabs in the ribbon, and colorful presence indicators so you can easily see who’s working on a document with you. App themes will stay in sync with your Windows light or dark mode by default.

Apart from the above, Office 2021 will be getting the following features that are already available for Microsoft 365 subscribers.

What’s new in Microsoft Office 2021:

Look left, look right… XLOOKUP is here!

Row by row, find anything you need in a table or range with XLOOKUP.

Screenshot of Excel with data using dynamic arrays

Dynamic arrays

Write one formula and return an array of values. Expedite calculations and insights with six new functions: FILTERSORTSORTBYUNIQUESEQUENCE, and RANDARRAY.

LET function

The LET function assigns names to calculation results. This allows storing intermediate calculations, values, or defining names inside a formula.

Example of using XMATCH to find the position of an item in a list

XMATCH function

The XMATCH function searches for a specified item in an array or range of cells, and then returns the item’s relative position. You can also use XMATCH to return a value in an array.

New and improved Record Slide Show

Record Slide Show now supports presenter video recording, ink recording and laser pointer recording.

Replay your ink strokes

You can replay your ink strokes as they were drawn; this lets you illustrate things step by step or show a thought process. You can also pause the replay, and select the point to start the replay from.

List of items in reading order on a slide with up- and down-arrow buttons to rearrange them

Arrange elements on your slides for screen readers

See the elements in screen-reading order and re-arrange them as necessary to communicate your message effectively.

This message was translated from English to French using the Outlook Translator Add-In

Translator and ink in Outlook

Translate email messages into more than 70 languages on the fly and view the transcript—all within Outlook.

Annotate email images or draw in a separate canvas using your finger, pen, or mouse.

In Outlook, use Instant Search to quickly find emails

Select the search bar (located above the Outlook ribbon) to help find email messages anywhere in Outlook.

Excel 2021 start screen with a list of recently opened workbooks displayed

Visual refresh

Work with a modernized Start experience and newly refreshed tabs in the ribbon.

Experience a clean, clear style with Monoline iconography that communicates action and features with simple visuals.

See what’s new in stock media

We’re constantly adding more rich media content to the Office Premium Creative Content collection, a curated library of stock images, icons, and more that helps you express yourself.

Find what you need with Microsoft Search

At the top of your Microsoft Office apps on Windows you’ll find the new Microsoft Search box. This powerful tool helps you quickly find what you’re looking for, from text to commands to help and more.

Screenshot of Excel data using the SUMIF function

Performance improvements

Experience improved performance, stability, and speed across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook?.

Get faster calculations from common Excel functions like SUMIF, COUNTIF, and AVERAGEIF.

Microsoft 365 Drawing Tools pens

Updated Draw tab

Quickly access and change the color of all your inking tools in one place.

Simplify how you work with ink using new Draw tab additions: Point EraserRuler, and Lasso.

The AutoSave Toggle in Office

Save your changes as they happen

Upload your files to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.

List of file formats from Word with ODT file format highlighted

Support for OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3

We now include support for the OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3. The ODF 1.3 specification adds support for many new features.

Linked Table Manager dialog box

Refresh, relink, or remove linked tables

The updated Linked Table Manager is a central location for viewing and managing all data sources and linked tables in an Access database. See all the improvements we’ve made to the Linked Table Manager based on your feedback.

Shows Access datatype

Try the new the Date/Time Extended data type in Access

To enhance syntax compatibility with SQL and to increase accuracy and level of detail in records that include dates and times, we’ve implemented the SQL DateTime2 data type into Access.

A data table with tabs that can be rearranged

Keep tabs on your database objects in Access

You can clearly see the active tab, easily drag tabs to rearrange them, and close database objects with just one click.

AWS stencils and shapes

New Azure stencils and shapes in Visio

We’ve added many more stencils to help you create up-to-date Azure diagrams. You can use these new stencils to build Azure diagrams for network topologies, virtual machine configurations, operations, and more.

Template for AWS: SAP using SIOS

New AWS stencils and shapes in Visio

We have enabled infrastructure shapes from another major cloud provider: Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can now use stencils with the latest AWS shapes to help you create diagrams.

Visio template for a floor plan with social distancing.

Content for social distancing planning in the workplace

Many workplaces need to be re-planned to follow the social distancing guidelines in force. This new Visio template, and the Workplace Social Distancing stencil, provide a number of shapes, fill patterns and line patterns, both scaled and unscaled, to help with this process.

Line format options in Mac with Sketched style selected

Try the Sketched style outline

You can give a casual, hand-drawn look to shapes in your presentations with the Sketched style outline.

Try out the Curved, Freehand, or Scribble options under Format Shape > Line > Sketched style.

Color picker in Office apps. Under the RGB fields there is a new field to enter Hex color value.

Pick the perfect color

Based on your feedback, we’ve added a new input field in the Colors dialog for Hex color values. Now you won’t have to spend time converting Hex color values into RGB values.

For any property where you can define a color, you can now enter a Hex color value in the Hex box, for example, #0F4C81 or 444.

Source: Microsoft

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