Microsoft is removing the “Online” name from its Office web apps

The next time you launch one of the web-based versions of Microsoft’s Office apps, you might notice something a little different about them. Beginning “relatively soon,” Microsoft is ditching the “Online” branding of its Office Online suite and will refer to web applications as simply Office. The move means the company’s products such as “Word Online” and “PowerPoint Online” will now simply be “Word” and “PowerPoint.” The same goes for the rest of Microsoft’s Office line of apps.

On the one hand, dropping “Online” as a naming convention makes sense. It goes without saying that if you access the application via the web, you are using the “online” version of it. On the other hand, it might get confusing when Microsoft tries to differentiate between its desktop, mobile, and web apps. The company said it will continue to refer to web apps as “Office for the web” to clarify the platform, which is kind of what the “Online” moniker has already done for them.

As popular Office apps including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel shake up the “Online” descriptor, other Microsoft products will cling to it. The company said it will continue to use the naming convention for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, and Office Online Server.

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