Microsoft has decided to drop the “Online” branding from its Office web apps. The company has confirmed that it has renamed Office Online to just Office. It will begin to use this new terminology “relatively soon” as it finalizes all of the changes that are now required to be made to the technical and marketing content.
It does point out that this branding change doesn’t affect other products like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, and Office Online Server. All of these services will retain the moniker.
According to Bill Doll, a senior product marketing officer at Microsoft, this change has been made “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.”
This also means that Microsoft will no longer be calling its web apps “Word Online” or “Excel Online.” The web-based versions of this apps will simply be called Word, Excel, etc from now on. The company does say that it could refer to this as “Office for the web” in the future but that would primarily be for differentiating between the Office productivity suite on Windows, Mac, Android or iOS, and the web.