Office LTSC is Now Available

Microsoft announced today that Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for commercial customers on Windows and macOS. Office LTSC is a so-called “perpetual” version of Office, meaning that commercial customers can license it outright on a per-PC basis and use it for its five years of support without getting any functional updates.

“We know some customers aren’t ready to move to the cloud [and] we remain committed to supporting our customers and these scenarios,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro writes in the announcement post. “Earlier this year, we previewed Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and macOS. Today, we’re announcing the general availability of this next perpetual version of Office for commercial and government customers.”

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Office LTSC is designed for specific use cases, such as on regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates, process control devices on the manufacturing floor, and specialty systems that cannot connect to the Internet, Microsoft says. It provides improved performance and expanded accessibility functionality, but none of the cloud-based capabilities that customers get in the Microsoft 365 versions of the Office applications, including real-time collaboration and AI-driven automation.

Microsoft also pledges that this won’t be the last release of Office LTSC, though it will of course continue to focus on Microsoft 365 and its cloud-based advantages.

You can learn more about Office LTSC from the Microsoft Docs website.

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  • ebraiter

    16 September, 2021 - 2:51 pm

    <p>Every time I update my Office 2019 it updates and then the apps won’t open. Repair doesn’t work. Force to uninstall and then install. So I run it mostly with an older build. Almost like LTSC….</p>

  • bettyblue

    16 September, 2021 - 8:22 pm

    <p>I have never paid for MS Office and I never will. Work has always provided it and every year I use it less. </p><p><br></p><p>My usage is mostly Excel on any kind of regular basis. And nothing special just lists or outputs from things like firewall logs etc. I use the web version of Outlook whenever possible and I open Word when I get an attachment.</p><p><br></p><p>For what I do Libre Office would probably be just fine. </p><p><br></p><p>I have 15 years left before I retire and then I will never use it again. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • waethorn

    16 September, 2021 - 11:05 pm

    <p>Does anybody else find it silly that you aren’t allowed to use Office LTSC on Windows LTSC?</p>

    • xonics

      17 September, 2021 - 2:38 am

      <p>That seems really odd considering the use case for both products. Have you got a link to the docs that mention this? </p>

    • codymesh

      17 September, 2021 - 8:50 am

      <p>source for this?</p>

  • codymesh

    17 September, 2021 - 8:51 am

    <p>I see people still using Office 2013, and honestly, for people who work on office projects mostly alone or offline, older versions of office are still fine. </p>

  • LT1 Z51

    Premium Member
    17 September, 2021 - 10:20 am

    <p>Office as a "consumer product" hasn’t changed much (if really at all to most people) since 2013, but realistically any ribbon based Office is fine, hell I think some people could get away with the 1995 versions. I mean there’s lots of new cool stuff in later versions to make you more productive, but if you open Word or Excel 3-5 times a month to do 10-20 minutes of work you really don’t need anything fancy.</p><p><br></p><p>I used to remember though when I started working in 2006 and all the way up until 2015 the use of 2-3 versions of Office was quite common. I think companies I worked for used Office XP until 2012 when they moved to 2007. Ford who I currently work for was on 2010 when I started in 2013, and stuck to that until 2016 when they migrated to 2013, and then within 6 months we migrated again to Office 365. The same thing happened with SharePoint all our sites migrated to 2010 to 2013 to SharePoint 365. The decision to upgrade to 2013 I think was made and going through the process when Microsoft must have offered a sweetheart deal to move to Azure (all the 365’s) and the company jumped on it. Thankfully our transition completed in 2019 so when Covid hit, man was it nice.</p><p><br></p><p>But I digress, consumers I think just don’t care.</p>

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