Microsoft has rebranded its online Office Web Apps to Office Online in an effort to make the product less confusing to consumers. The Redmond-based company has also made it easier for newcomers to discover Office Online as many people aren’t aware that online versions of Microsoft’s Office products even exist.
In a blog post on the matter, Office Online product marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre said they’ve heard from customers that the inclusion of Apps in the name was confusing. Some wondered if they had to install something or if they needed to go to an app store to retrieve them - both are valid questions for someone not in the know.
With the new name, consumer confusion should be a thing of the past.
Additionally, Microsoft has made Office Online easier to access. Previously, users had to log into their OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) account to get started. Now, simply head over to the new dedicated Office Online landing page and hop right in to Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote. Users can also quickly access Outlook.com e-mail and OneDrive via the included app switcher without having to navigate in and out of various services.
The new location should help consumers figure out exactly where to find Office Online.
Microsoft has also added in hundreds of templates for Word, PowerPoint and Excel that can help you go from nothing to something with just a click. These include budgets, resumes, calendars and more, all free of charge.