Microsoft is revamping its Microsoft Office branding significantly. MSOffice has been rebranded “Microsoft 365” after more than 30 years to reflect the software giant’s expanding portfolio of productivity tools. Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint are still available, but Microsoft will now frequently refer to them as being a part of it rather than MS Office.
After changing the name of Office 365 subscriptions to MS 365 two years ago, Microsoft has been promoting this new branding for years, but the changes now go much farther. According to a MS 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 programs, they will all soon bear the MS 365 name and a new logo. The Office app for Windows, iOS, and Android will all get a facelift 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 it interface for PC and mobile will have custom tagging to gather and organize material, a feed of pertinent coworkers and meetings, and a center for all of your files and papers.
However, the Microsoft Office name won’t vanish overnight. Through the Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans, Microsoft will continue to let customers and organizations make one-time purchases of its Office suite of programs. Given that it is now a heritage brand, any new features will be released for Microsoft 365 rather than Microsoft Office.