Microsoft is dropping the “Online” branding for the web versions of its Office apps, the company announced today. The change will affect what was previously referred to as “Office Online,” as well as “Word Online,” “Excel Online,” and “PowerPoint Online,” and Microsoft says that it may now use “Office for the web” or “Office on the web,” which are more explicit terminologies.
“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,” the company said to explain its decision. However, it’s worth noting that the company won’t change the branding for its “Online” server products, which include Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, or Office Online Server.
This branding change hopefully won’t cause any confusion for users of the Office web apps, which remain free to use for everyone. However, it remains to be seen if Microsoft could change the “Office Mobile” branding for its UWP apps for Windows 10 and Surface Hub in the future. Now that Windows 10 Mobile will soon go out of support, the “mobile” branding doesn’t make much sense anymore.