Microsoft Office will soon be officially rebranded as “Microsoft 365,” in the biggest rebranding of enterprise office productivity software in more than 30 years (via The Verge).
You’ve probably heard of Microsoft 365 – that’s because Microsoft renamed its Office 365 subscription to Microsoft 365 two years ago.
But in the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile apps, and the Office for Windows apps will all share the new Microsoft 365 app name, “with new icons, a new look, and even more features,” according to the company’s FAQ.
As part of the rebranding, traditional Office applications such as Excel, Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint will all come under the Microsoft 365 umbrella, rather than being referred to as part of Microsoft Office.
For Apple device owners, the name change will likely appear first in the Office iOS apps. The Microsoft 365 mobile apps that replace them will include new app modules for commonly used cloud-based 365 tools, a central content hub and workflow feed, and a new tagging system for organizing content.
But perhaps somewhat confusingly, Office 2021 for Windows and Mac will continue to be offered as a one-time purchase of the same name in the future, as will Office LTSC (Long Term Service Line), even though Microsoft Office is now essentially a legacy brand.
Microsoft says the changes will start rolling out for Office.com in November 2022, and then the changes will start rolling out for Office apps on Windows and Office mobile apps in January 2023.