Microsoft Office is changing to Microsoft 365
In an effort to promote the service’s use as more than simply a business application, Microsoft changed the name of its Office 365 service to Microsoft 365 in April 2020. According to the company’s FAQs website, Microsoft will now start eliminating the remaining Office branding from its Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other apps. Users may presently access Microsoft Office apps at Office.com. But as per Microsoft’s most recent release, this will be moved to Microsoft365.com. Microsoft is also replacing its present square logo with a six-sided one as part of the redesign.
The changes will take effect starting next month, and the rebranded Office app for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android will go into effect in January, according to the company’s FAQs page. A centralised Microsoft 365 app for desktop and mobile devices that will act as a single centre for data, meetings, files, and documents will also be made available by Microsoft. A stream of pertinent coworkers that the user may connect with will also be displayed via the centralised application.
According to the company’s FAQs website, the extension names for applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, Clipchamp, Stream, and Designer will not change.
Additionally, Microsoft stated that its “Office 365 subscription plans” will not alter. On one-time purchases made by customers through Office 2021 and Office LTSC, which are being sold on bulk licencing models, the Office branding will still be present.
According to the Microsoft FAQ, “Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office software for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app in the coming months with a new symbol, new style, and even more functionality.”
The decision represents the first significant branding change for Microsoft’s productivity suite of programmes in more than 30 years of operation.