32 years in, Microsoft has determined to rebrand “Microsoft Workplace”


Enlarge / Microsoft 365 will embody Groups, OneDrive, and the suite of productiveness apps previously referred to as Workplace.


Microsoft Workplace was first launched in 1990, and except for Home windows, it is most likely the Microsoft product most people has probably the most expertise with. Particular person apps like Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will all live on, however beginning now, the Workplace model identify these apps have all been grouped below will start to go away, to get replaced by “Microsoft 365.”

The change will come first for the net Workplace apps at Workplace.com, which is able to make the swap in November. In January of 2023, the Workplace app constructed into Home windows 10 and Home windows 11 and the Workplace cell apps for iOS and Android will comply with swimsuit. When up to date, the apps will decide up the Microsoft 365 branding and a brand new brand, seen above, which nonetheless seems sort of like an O, however another way from how the Workplace brand seems a bit like an O.

Microsoft’s FAQ web page on the transition says that Microsoft 365 will embody the prevailing Workplace apps plus OneDrive and Microsoft Groups “and a lot extra.” The corporate additionally factors out that the Workplace model will live on, no less than for some time. Present Workplace 365 accounts aren’t being renamed (but), and Microsoft will nonetheless promote perpetually licensed variations of Phrase, Excel, and the opposite Workplace apps as Workplace 2021. The corporate has beforehand pledged to supply no less than another of those perpetually licensed Workplace suites, however at this level, we do not know whether or not it’s going to proceed to be referred to as “Workplace” or if it, too, will decide up “Microsoft 365” branding in a roundabout way.

Workplace is simply the newest Microsoft product to get a brand new identify with “Microsoft” in it. Home windows Defender, the platform’s built-in anti-malware scanner, got here to be referred to as Microsoft Defender in mid-2019. This web page is a branding cheat sheet for eight completely different Workplace, Azure, and Microsoft-branded merchandise, seven of which additionally turned some model of “Microsoft Defender.” Presumably, manufacturers like Home windows and Xbox are robust sufficient to withstand being rebadged with “Microsoft OS” or “Microsoft Field,” but when the rebranding hammer got here down on Workplace, there is no telling what it’s going to hit subsequent.

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