The program suite is rebranding after 30 years.
For decades now, Microsoft’s suite of practical programs, including well-known offerings like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, have existed under the collective branding of Microsoft Office. While the precise format of Office has changed from a single-purchase suite to a subscription service, the name has remained consistent for over 30 years. However, as Microsoft works to revamp some of its offerings, that will soon be changing.
According to a new Microsoft FAQ uncovered by The Verge, Microsoft is planning on dropping the Office branding from the program suite and uniting all of its relevant offerings under the banner of their Microsoft 365 subscription service.
“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,” the FAQ reads.
— The Verge (@verge) October 13, 2022
This change will result in some alterations to the branding and appearances of the various Office apps. Some of the basic changes will begin as soon as November, while the Office app will be revamped into the Microsoft 365 app in January. To clarify, all of the programs included in Office will remain functionally the same. If you already have an Office subscription, you will not be losing access to it.
Office will become one of Microsoft’s legacy brands, with the company offering some basic updates for a while longer for the earlier, single-purchase versions of the suite until it is eventually phased out.