Microsoft ditches Office Web Apps name for ‘Office Online’ and adds a few UI changes

Office Online rebrand and

Microsoft rebrands Office Web Apps to “Office Online”, because according to the company the word “Apps” was confusing users and the new change should help users understand the product better.

The new name also comes with a redesigned, which now became the main hub to access the web browser version of the Office suite apps, which also has been renamed to: “Word Online”, “Excel Online”, “PowerPoint Online”, and “OneNote Online” naming, instead of “Word Web App”, “OneNote Web App”, and so on.

There are not new features in this update, just a few changes to simply improve the user experience and to get more customers to use the these apps online.

Another major change you’ll notice creating a new document is the new drop-down menu (app switcher) next to the name of the app on the top-left corner of the screen to access all the apps including OneDrive, Outlook, and Calendar from on centralize place. Though Microsoft has yet make the menu available on other cloud-powered product.

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The new changes follows the recent re-introduction of SkyDrive as OneDrive, which is also part of Office Online.

Source Microsoft

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