If you use any of the dedicated Office applications, you may soon be in for a surprise. All of them will soon move to Microsoft 365 and get a new logo. The first changes will appear on Office.com in November, followed by the Office apps for Windows, iOS, and Android in January.
The Microsoft 365 package will consist of Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Loop, Clipchamp, Stream and a new Microsoft product – Designer. The Microsoft Office brand didn’t disappear right away. Retail and business customers will continue to be offered one-time purchases of Office as part of the Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans.
As before, the programs included in the Microsoft 365 package can be purchased separately, with individual and corporate licenses
As part of Microsoft’s new branding, no price changes are expected for its services. The company has been building the brand for years after renaming the Office 365 subscription to Microsoft 365. Saying goodbye to the Office brand seems to be a natural consequence of this strategy, although it will be difficult to convince older users to change their habits.
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Can you imagine using the new brand name in casual conversation? “Does this computer have Microsoft 365 installed?” instead of “Does this computer have Office installed?” Perhaps over time we will get used to the fact that Office for Microsoft is a thing of the past.
In the meantime, I’ll stubbornly continue to refer to the office suite as “Office,” whether anyone up there likes it or not. Freedom!