Microsoft Office may be one of the most famous brands in the world, but now the software giant is abandoning it almost entirely in favor of Microsoft 365…
Microsoft began its rebranding exercise in 2020, when it changed the name of its subscription plans from Office 365 to Microsoft 365.
However, that has left the Office name in place in a number of places, including Office.com, the Office mobile app, and Office for Windows. The company announced that all of that will be changed.
In the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become a Microsoft 365 app, with a new icon, new look, and more features.
The changes to Office.com will start rolling out in November 2022. After that, changes to the Office app on Windows and the Office mobile app will start rolling out in January 2023.
The company says users don’t need to do anything beyond recognizing a new logo. The app will automatically update with a new name and code, while your account, profile and subscription will not be affected.
Microsoft also revealed some new features of the revised app:
- New types of content creation and templates: Create is your place to quickly launch projects across many Microsoft 365 apps from either blank templates or try out recommended templates for faster inspiration. The build module is already available to all users on the web, Windows, and mobile, with more types of templates coming to consumers next year.
- New applications module: Discover, launch, and install the tools you use the most across Microsoft 365. Next month, they’ll be available to all users on the web, Windows, and in the coming months, on mobile devices.
- welcome badge: It lets you see the status of your Microsoft 365 subscription and track storage usage in one easy place. Available next month for consumer users on the Web and Windows.
- My content: A popular feature for business customers, now available for personal use, My Content is a central location to view and access all of your content—created or shared with you—no matter where it is stored. Available next month to all users on the web and Windows.
- feed: Relevant content based on who you’re working with and what you’re working on are displayed in an easy-to-understand interface to simplify your workflow. Available today for commercial users on the web, Windows, and mobile.
- Putting signs: A new way to group and organize your content with custom tags across all types of content. Available today for commercial users on the web and Windows.
Oddly enough, the one-time purchase option will continue to use the old Microsoft Office branding. This may be part of the company’s strategy to downplay the least expensive option. 9to5Mac Readers can order this at a significantly reduced price.
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