After inhabiting our vocabulary and our gadgets for greater than 30 years, “Microsoft Office” is retiring. That doesn’t imply apps like Phrase and Excel are going away, however moderately that the corporate’s suite of instruments is taking over a brand new, considerably acquainted identify: Microsoft 365.
Microsoft introduced the change at its Ignite convention on Wednesday. Over the following few months, Office.com, the Office cell app, and the Office app for Home windows will undertake the Microsoft 365 branding and get new appears to be like and icons. Microsoft 365 is similar to Microsoft Office, though there are key variations. The largest of those is value—Microsoft 365 is a month-to-month subscription service and Microsoft Office is a one-time buy—and entry to upgrades. Folks that subscribe to Microsoft 365 have the newest updates included of their plan, whereas these with Microsoft Office have to purchase the newest model of the software program.
Microsoft Office was first launched in 1990—going via many renovations over time—and has managed to stay dominant the sphere of office software program. Now that it’s retiring, part of me desires to play a melancholy violin solo, although I feel the brand new purple Microsoft 365 app brand is de facto fairly.
For those who don’t wish to say goodbye, Microsoft mentioned it’ll nonetheless supply one-time purchases of apps like Phrase, Outlook, and Excel for Office 2021 customers and Office LTSC plans. I suppose that’s what retirement means at Microsoft.
At the event, Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for modern work, also revealed that the Microsoft 365 app will come with a spate of new features. It will act as a hub for all user files across the company’s products, such as Word and PowerPoint, and will also allow folks to quickly access files shared in meetings.
Furthermore, the Microsoft exec added that the company was launching a feed in the Microsoft 365 app, which will allow users to see things such as their meetings of the day or updates from people they follow, in a nod to social media feeds.
“The new Microsoft 365 app is one part of our larger strategy and focus as a company on Microsoft 365 and is reflective of the innovation we’ve strived to deliver as work and life continue to evolve,” Spataro said in an emailed statement. “The new app serves as a hub for all the productivity apps Microsoft 365 offers and provides a simple, yet powerful experience for our customers as they navigate changing workstyles and collaboration patterns.”
Microsoft 365 will start rolling out to users in November, beginning with Office.com, according to Microsoft’s FAQ web page. In the meantime, adjustments will come to the Office app for Home windows and cell in January 2023.
Microsoft defined that the adjustments will apply to everybody who makes use of the Office app for work, faculty, or private use, AKA nearly everybody. However don’t fear, that doesn’t imply you must do something or that something will digitally explode in your finish.
“There might be no influence to your present account, profile, subscription, or recordsdata. The app will replace routinely with a brand new icon and identify, so hold an eye fixed out for these adjustments in November and past,” the corporate said on the FAQ web page.