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Microsoft Office will be rebranded to Microsoft 365, the changes will take effect next month

Microsoft rebranded its Office 365 service to Microsoft 365 in April 2020 with the aim of refreshing the use of the service as more than just a business application. Microsoft will now remove the remaining Office branding from its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applications, according to the company’s FAQ page. Microsoft’s Office applications are currently available to Office.com users. However, with Microsoft’s latest announcement, this should be switched to Microsoft365.com. As part of the rebranding, Microsoft is also introducing a six-sided logo, replacing the current square.

According to the company’s FAQ page, the changes will go into effect next month, while the renamed Office app for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android will go live in January. Microsoft will also launch a centralized Microsoft 365 app for mobile and desktop that will serve as a single-source hub for information, meetings, files and documents. The centralized app will also display a feed of relevant colleagues that the user can connect with.

However, the extension names for apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, Clipchamp, Stream and Designer will remain the same, the company’s FAQ page confirmed.

Microsoft also informed that no changes will be made to its “Office 365 subscription plans”. The Office brand will remain on one-time purchases made by users through Office 2021 and Office LTSC, which are available on volume licensing models.

“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’s FAQ says.

The move marks the first major rebranding of Microsoft’s suite of productivity apps in more than 30 years.

The old Microsoft Office will now be considered a legacy Microsoft brand, meaning the announced new features will come to Microsoft 365 and not Microsoft Office, according to a report by The Verge, which first spotted the rebranding.


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