Microsoft seems to be preparing to rename “Office Web Apps” (current name for its free cloud-powered Office product solution) to “Office Online”. The company plans to change to the new name in a few weeks. The news follows the recent SkyDrive re-brand to OneDrive, although this time the name change isn’t because of losing another court case, it’s because Microsoft will focus to make its core Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) more easy to use for customers.
As I understand the software giant will soon start using “Word Online”, “Excel Online”, “PowerPoint Online”, and “OneNote Online” naming, instead of “Word Web App”, “OneNote Web App”, and so on. Currently accessing the apps via OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) isn’t very obvious for anyone and Office Online is set to change that, and even though creating documents on OneDrive will still exist, Microsoft is reportedly overhauling Office.com to make it the main hub access for its cloud-powered Office applications — something that should have been from the beginning, if you ask me –.
At the present time the software maker is testing the new version of Office Online on campus, but roll out will start soon. Below you’ll see several screenshots of the new brand, courtesy of livesino.net.
Recently the company announced a new update for Office Web Apps (Office Online), which is rolling out now and includes a visual refresh of the core apps with a new navigation header, new color-coded bar, and new features such as “Tell Me”, to assist users with any Office task. Changes that aim to start making the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote more easy to use.