At the Ignite 2022 Conference, Microsoft announced that it will rebrand Office 365 to Microsoft 365. This traverses the Office app on Windows, mobile and the Web. And it now appears that the company is well on its way to better positioning itself for the future.
According to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Microsoft announced that it has begun rolling out the Microsoft 365 app for the Web. The company further stated that the rollout will be phased, therefore it will be available to customers gradually over the next few weeks.
Along with the subtle visual change in the new Microsoft 365, users are expected to get more features, including:
- New types of content creation and templates: Create is your place to quickly start projects in various Microsoft 365 apps, either from blank templates or to try out recommended templates for faster inspiration. The Create module is already available to all users on the Web, Windows and mobile, with more consumer template types coming next year.
- New Apps module: Discover, launch and fix the utilities you use most often in Microsoft 365. Available to all users next month on web and Windows, and on mobile in the coming months.
- Welcome Badging: Allows you to view the status of your Microsoft 365 subscription and track storage usage in one easy place. Available next month for consumer users on the Web and Windows.
- My Content: A popular feature for business customers, now available for personal use, My Content is a central location to view and access all your content – created by you or shared with you – regardless of where it is stored. Available next month for all web and Windows users.
- Feed: Relevant content based on who you are working with and what you are working on is displayed through an easy-to-digest interface to simplify your workflow. Available today for commercial users on web, Windows and mobile.
- Tagging: A new way to group and organize your content with custom tags for all types of content. Available today for commercial users on the Web and Windows.
According to Microsoft:
The Microsoft 365 app lets you create, share and collaborate in one place. You can create new content with a wide range of apps and templates, access your files and apps, and leverage the intelligence of Microsoft Graph to deliver insights and recommendations to make work easier. The app also integrates third-party apps and storage solutions you have purchased.
The position is expected to be widely available by the end of November 2022. Another notable change to watch out for in January is that “links on Microsoft websites pointing to www.office.com will be updated to point to www.microsoft365.com.” Later, when users lick www.office.com, they are redirected to www.microsoft365.com. That said, if you are using strict firewall protections, you should add the domain to your allowed access list.
It is worth noting that this only applies to the web client; the Office app for Windows, iOS and Android will transition to the Microsoft 365 app in January 2023. Recently, we also got a chance to get a glimpse of what the app will look likewhenit launches.