Office Online gets 'new' name: Office

What you need to know

  • Office Online is being renamed to, simply, "Office."
  • The rebranding effort comes as Microsoft is trying to simplify the Office brand across platforms.
  • Microsoft says it will use terms like "Office for the web" when referring to apps you access from a browser, much like it already does for "Office for Mac" and "Office for Windows."

Microsoft is gearing up to give Office Online a new moniker: Office. It's far from a revolutionary change, to be sure, but Microsoft says in a blog post (opens in new tab) that it's meant to bring the web apps in line with the naming scheme it uses across other platforms.

"Office uses sub-brands to denote our offerings such as Office 365 and Office 2019. Because our offerings have evolved to provide access to apps on more than one platform, it no longer makes sense to use any platform-specific sub-brands," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the change. Going forward, the Office web apps may be referred to as "Office for the web," which lines up with the way Microsoft refers to Office apps on other platforms when describing new features and functionality. Because Office for the web is not a strict brand name, Microsoft says you may also see the web apps referred to as "Office on the web" or "Office.com."

Importantly, there will be no change to the naming conventions for Microsoft's online server products. Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, and Office Online Server will continue to carry the "Online" moniker.

"This name change reflects Microsoft's commitment to providing first-rate experiences on each of its supported platforms and devices," Microsoft says.

The name change has already gone into effect across marketing, technical communications, and in products, and should be rolled out broadly soon.

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3 Comments
  • Erm... do they think Office for the web is more catchy than Office Online? Couldn't they have just called it simply called Web Office? Or is it because some people can't tell the difference between Office 365 and Office Online? If so that just boils down to poor marketing lol.
  • So confusing now. Who are making these stupid decisions?
  • This is almost certainly in preparation for the the "Install this site as an app" feature in Edgium and Windows Lite. We wanted Office PWAs, and they are giving us Office PWAs. In fact they're giving us an entire OS that runs PWAs.