Microsoft Office to Become 'Microsoft 365' in Biggest Brand Overhaul in More Than 30 Years

Microsoft Office will soon officially be renamed "Microsoft 365," in the biggest rebranding of the company's office productivity software in more than 30 years (via The Verge).

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You may have heard of Microsoft 365 already – that's because Microsoft renamed Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365 two years ago.

But in the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will all share the name of a new Microsoft 365 app, "with a new icon, a new look, and even more features," according to a company FAQ.

As part of the rebrand, traditional Office apps like Excel, Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint will all come under the Microsoft 365 umbrella, rather than be referred to as part of Microsoft Office.

For Apple device owners, the name change will likely be seen first in the Office iOS app. The Microsoft 365 mobile app replacing it will include a new apps module for commonly used cloud-based 365 tools, a central content hub and workflow feed, and a new tagging system for organizing content.

Perhaps somewhat confusingly however, Office 2021 for Windows and Mac will continue to be offered as a one-time purchase under the same name for the foreseeable future, as will Office LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel), even though Microsoft Office is now essentially a legacy brand.

Microsoft says changes will begin rolling out for Office.com in November 2022, and then changes will begin rolling out for the Office app on Windows and the Office mobile app in January 2023.

Top Rated Comments

TonyC28 Avatar
20 months ago
Every four years there will be one day when you are unable to use the apps.
Score: 69 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kierkegaarden Avatar
20 months ago
I think Microsoft Office sounds better. What does the “365” pertain to? It makes me think of Whole Foods 365.
Score: 61 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
20 months ago
Dumb name.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
20 months ago

I think Microsoft Office sounds better. What does the “365” pertain to? It makes me think of Whole Foods 365.
It means you work every day of the year and don't get any days off, ever.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Toratek Avatar
20 months ago
Meanwhile, I still use the Apple suite of equivalent apps and email converted documents. I refuse to pollute my macs with anything from Redmond.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
20 months ago
JUST as I get the old folks to understand that "Word" is not "Windows" when I try to remotely trouble shoot o_O
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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