- Microsoft is rebranding Microsoft Office to Microsoft 365 with a new logo in the coming months.
- Office apps on Windows, iOS, and Android will be automatically updated to the new branding.
- Microsoft will continue to offer one-time purchases of Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans to consumers and businesses.
Microsoft released its first version of the office suite in 1990, called Microsoft Office, which bundled productivity apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and offered a one-time purchase option. Microsoft also started adding Outlook, Access, and OneNote in the later versions of Microsoft Office. Now, the company is rebranding Microsoft Office to Microsoft 365 along with a new logo in the coming months.
“Over the last couple of years, Microsoft 365 has evolved into our flagship productivity suite, so we are creating an experience to help you get the most out of Microsoft 365. 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 company explained in a FAQ page of Microsoft 365. To recall, two years ago, Microsoft renamed its Office 365, a subscription-based productivity suite, to Microsoft 365.
According to the company, the subscription plans of Microsoft 365 will remain unchanged. Microsoft will also continue to offer one-time purchases of Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans to consumers and businesses. The new Microsoft 365 logo and design will come to Office.com, Microsoft’s free cloud-based productivity suite, in November 2022, while the Office apps on Windows, Android, and iOS will receive the new branding and features in January 2023.
Further, the company explained that these changes apply to everyone who uses Office app for work, school, or personal use, and the apps will be updated to new branding automatically.