In 2020, Microsoft announced it would rename its Office 365 subscription to Microsoft 365, acknowledging that it had become more than just a work app. Now it removes most of the remaining Office branding, according to new updates spotted by The Verge. “In the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app, with a new icon, new look and even more features,” reads a FAQ.
You can currently access Microsoft’s Word, Excel and other apps online at Office.com, but that will soon be switched to Microsoft365.com – with a new six-sided logo replacing the current square logo. The changes will take place next month and the Office app for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android will be rebranded in January.
The app names themselves don’t change, as you’re still using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, Clipchamp, Stream, and Designer. There will also be a Microsoft 365 app on mobile and desktop that will act as a centralized hub for information, meetings, files, documents and more.
The Office name will be retained for one-time purchases through Office 2021 and Office LTSC offering apps through volume licensing. However, it is now considered a legacy brand, so new features will be for Microsoft 365, not Office, according to The Verge. Microsoft added that “there are no changes to Office 365 subscriptions.”
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