After a long duration of 32 years, Microsoft has begun to kill off the Microsoft Office brand, with plans to rebrand its Office.com and Office cloud-based apps to Microsoft 365 in the near future. Microsoft Office was first released in 1990, with Microsoft bundling its popular Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications under a one-time purchase productivity suite. Later versions introduced additional programs, such as Outlook, Access, and also OneNote. In 2017, Microsoft started offering Office applications under a subscription model called Office 365, which included additional cloud-based features, integrations, and applications. In 2020, Microsoft rebranded Office 365 to Microsoft 365 and started to heavily push the subscription-based productivity suite to both the enterprise and consumers.
Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced that all their cloud-based Microsoft Office apps and the office.com site would soon be rebranded to Microsoft 365. The rebrand would start with Office.com in November 2022, followed by Microsoft’s free cloud-based versions, the Office app on Windows and Office mobile app will start in, January 2023. However, this does not mean that the Microsoft Office brand is now going away completely. Microsoft says they will continue to offer the one-time purchase license via Microsoft Office 2021 and Office LTSC.
“We will also continue to offer one-time purchases of those apps to consumers and businesses via Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans.”
This means, for now, it’s just another name change and the products will not be affected or your use of them.
If you use the standalone Microsoft Office, it will continue to use that name, for the time being, has changed, and nothing for existing Microsoft 365 users. The mobile apps and free Microsoft Store cloud-based versions will now be renamed to the new Microsoft 365.
How can I learn more about using M365 for my business?
TwentyFour IT Services is an Office 365 partner, which means we provide the full Office suite when and where you need it. Speak to us about M365 and our dedicated IT technicians will ensure you are aware of new enhancements and features to your Office 365 Platform, and keep you updated on any ongoing issues.