The Microsoft Office brand is going through a big change. After more than 30 years, Microsoft Office is being renamed “Microsoft 365” to reflect the growing number of productivity apps from the software giant. Office apps like Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint aren’t going away, but Microsoft will now mostly refer to them as part of Microsoft 365 instead of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft has been pushing this new brand for a long time. Two years ago, they changed the name of Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365, but now the changes are much more significant. “In the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app. It will have a new icon, a new look, and even more features,” a Microsoft FAQ says.
That means that soon if you use any of the Office apps, they will all have a new logo and the Microsoft 365 name. The first changes to the logo and design will be made to Office.com in November.
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In January, the Office apps for Windows, iOS, and Android will all get a new look. Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Loop, Clipchamp, Stream, and Microsoft’s new Designer app will all be part of Microsoft 365.
A central Microsoft 365 app for mobile and desktop will include a feed of relevant colleagues and meetings, a hub for all your files and documents, and custom tagging to the group and organizing content.
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But the Microsoft Office brand won’t go away right away. Through its Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans, Microsoft will still let consumers and businesses buy a single copy of its Office bundle of apps. Microsoft Office is now an old brand for the company, so when new features are announced, they will be added to Microsoft 365 and not to Microsoft Office.
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