Microsoft announced yesterday that it has decided to rename Office Online, a suite of Office applications on the Web, to just Office. Applications such as Word Online or Excel Online will be called Word or Excel going forward.
Microsoft is moving away from using platform-specific sub-brands for products that are available for more than one platform. The company plans to change the name of Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender going forward and the rebranding of Office Online to "just" Office follows the same line of thought.
In line with this approach, the official product name for what was previously "Online Online" is now "Excel Online" is now "Excel Online" is now "Office Online" is now simply "Office." We have also discontinued the use of "Online" branding with each of the apps so " "
Microsoft is aware that the terms Word, Excel, or Office can refer to multiple products. To avoid confusion, it revealed that it intends to use descriptors when it refers to a specific version of Office such as Office Online
It may use the term "Office for the Web" or similar terms similarly to its use of Office for Windows or Office for Android. However, Microsoft may also use other terms such as "on Office.com" or "in a browser" to refer to the online version of Office or online Office applications .
Microsoft expects to complete the branding change soon. Office on the web applications have not been modified at the time of writing as they use the old name, e.g. Word Online.
Server products that use "Online" in the name are not affected by the change. The names of products such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, or Office Online Server will not change
Generally speaking, the term Office refers to the entire Office family of products, e.g. The name change could make things more confusing for users and customers if Microsoft, its partners, or third parties fail to make proper distinctions between products.
Even if the distinction is made, it does not take into account references made in the past. If you have an article before publishing the name change, it might use the Office or Word to describe the desktop version of the product only
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