Streamlining is the name of the game at Redmond right now, and no product is beyond this new strategy. Not even the trusty old Office suite of productivity applications.
Microsoft has just announced that Office Web Apps are now renamed as Office Online.
The company wants to refine the entire experience so to that users can find, share and collaborate with others with ease. The previous name of the online productivity suite of applications, Redmond admits, was quite confusing for consumers.
Hence the rebrand, says Microsoft:
“We heard from customers that the inclusion of Apps in our name was confusing. Are they something I install? Do I go to an app store to get them? No, to use them all you need is a web browser. Ah! You say. So it’s like Office, online. Yes, exactly. Office Online.”
Office Online has a nice ring to it, got to admit.
Since Start Screens are now everywhere, the company has also announced a new Start Screen for Office Online that allows users to create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations, or send emails from Outlook.com with just a few clicks — or taps for that matter.
At the same time, the company has also given the Office.com website a fresh new redesign this morning, bringing it in line with other products under the Redmond umbrella. You can check out the modern approach, similar to Windows 8, at the link above.
Office Online is still available free of charge, and supports all modern browsers out there.