Microsoft is changing its Microsoft Office branding significantly. Microsoft Office has been renamed “Microsoft 365” after more than 30 years to symbolize the software giant’s growing portfolio of productivity tools. Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint are still available, but Microsoft will now commonly refer to them as being a part of Microsoft 365 rather than Microsoft Office.
After changing the name of Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365 two years ago, Microsoft has been promoting this new branding for years, but the changes now go much farther. According to a 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.”
This implies that if you use any of the specific Office apps, they will all soon bear the Microsoft 365 name and a new logo. The Office app for Windows, iOS, and Android will all get a rebrand in January, with the initial logo and design changes appearing at Office.com in November.
Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Loop, Clipchamp, Stream, and Microsoft’s new Designer app are now all part of Microsoft 365. A unified Microsoft 365 interface for desktop and mobile will feature custom tagging to gather and organize content, a feed of pertinent coworkers and meetings, and a center for all of your files and documents.
The Microsoft Office brand won’t disappear instantly, though. Microsoft will continue to offer one-time purchases of its Office bundle of apps to consumers and businesses through Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans. Microsoft Office is now a legacy brand for Microsoft, so that means when there are new features announced they’ll be coming to Microsoft 365 and not Microsoft Office.
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