Microsoft Office has established itself as the top choice for office work for decades, but now it’s about to be rebranded with a new name.
After more than three decades, the software suite is changing its name and icon in November.
Bill Gates introduced Microsoft Office to the world in 1988.
Since then, it has undergone many changes over the years, including the removal of the Clippy assistant that divided users.
According to Microsoft, the company thinks it’s time to rebrand with a new name, a new icon, and a new look.
The website wrote:
“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.”
Microsoft’s changes will arrive next month, and Office.com will go through the rebranding first.
The Office app for Windows and Mobile will follow in January 2023.
However, the names of individual programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint remain the same.
Microsoft assured customers that their accounts would not be affected.
The company said an update would only change the icon and name automatically.
Microsoft also announced that the Microsoft Office brand would not disappear anytime soon.
The software suite will continue to offer one-time purchases of the Office package through Office 2021 and Office LTSC subscriptions.
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The announcement of the rebranding of Microsoft Office comes months after the firm shut down Internet Explorer for good.
The web browser has been around for nearly 30 years.
Although it has been under review for the past few years, Internet Explorer was once loved.
It arrived in the mid-1990s as part of an add-on package for Windows 95.
For years it has been the most popular web browser, as 95% of people online used it to access the internet in 2003.
However, newer, more innovative, and faster browsers soon appeared, leaving Internet Explorer in the dust.
The last update came in 2013 before Microsoft replaced the browser with Edge in 2015.
In June 2022, Internet Explorer joined Clippy and Power Pup as it was discontinued entirely.