Microsoft Office has a new name and you already know what it is
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(Pocket-lint) – Microsoft Office has been around for three decades, but it’s dying for most people. Say hello to Microsoft 365.
If that name means anything to you, it should. Microsoft started rebranding its Office 365 product to Microsoft 365 a few years ago and is now tackling the Office name that we are all so used to.
“In the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app, with a new icon, a new look, and even more features,” Microsoft says in a news release. FAQ about the whole process. The timeline isn’t set in stone yet, at least not publicly, but we do know that a new Office.com will start rolling out in November 2022. Thereafter, new Office apps for Windows and mobile phones will be launched in January 2023, with the new icons and the new looks that accompany them.
Microsoft says there will be no changes to how everyone’s accounts or products work, and that Microsoft 365 will include “Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and more.”
When it comes to the Microsoft 365 app, Microsoft says users can expect a feed that will include content based on who they work with and what they actually do in an organization — so hold on sure that meetings and such appear there, at least.
If Office becomes Microsoft 365, this does not mean that the brand disappears completely. The Verge notes that Microsoft will continue to sell Microsoft Office-branded products to consumers and businesses under the Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans.
Written by Oliver Haslam.