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It's an attempt to help consumers find it more easily

Microsoft has been doing some rebranding lately as its restructuring process rolls on, and Office Web Apps could be the next to get a name change.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft may rebrand "Office Web Apps" to "Office Online" in an effort to make the apps easier for consumers to find. 

Currently, Office Web Apps is tucked away inside SkyDrive and For a typical consumer, finding the suite of online apps can be challenging. 

Here's a screenshot from ZDNet that could indicate an upcoming change:

But Microsoft is likely thinking that renaming it to "Office Online" will paint a clearer picture of what the suite is and make it easier to find. Each individual Office app will be rebranded as well to Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online.

This doesn't seem too surprising, as Office Web Apps was a bit of a mouthful and was likely confusing to the typical consumer. Microsoft also just changed SkyDrive's name to "OneDrive." 

Microsoft is in the midst of some big changes, as it announced a restructuring plan last summer that will unify the Xbox, Windows Phone and PC units. It has also had several executive shake-ups in the ensuing months, and learned of the retirement of its CEO Steve Ballmer

Source: ZDNet

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What does it matter when no one uses it?
By jnemesh on 1/28/2014 1:10:01 PM , Rating: -1
People are starting to wake up and realize that they dont NEED Microsoft's Office to do simple tasks, and start using free alternatives (that don't pump your data right to an NSA approved data center!).

They can change the name all they want, it's not going to result in higher sales.

RE: What does it matter when no one uses it?
By dgingerich on 1/28/2014 1:29:18 PM , Rating: 4
yeah, I've tried those free office apps. They suck. The formatting is all off, the interface is hard to use, the logic behind where they put various features is way off, and the file formats don't work between the free apps, let alone with MS Office. I have yet to see one decent version. Don't try putting your resume together with one of these and then send it to a potential employer. It will come out a mess and you won't even be considered.

MS's Office is far superior, and while some people are willing to go for a free app for inferior results, many people aren't. Dozens of people putting together a program for free in their spare time doesn't compare to hundreds of people being paid to put a program together.

By Gondor on 1/29/2014 11:02:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm using LibreOffice. Formatting is perfectly fine (exactly the way I set it). The logic behind user interface is the one I am used to from old versions of Microsoft Office (97).

Microsoft's Office however is incompatible with its own files from previous versions (formatting is off, headers/footers stop displaying correctly etc.) and the logic behind its user interface completely escapes me - I cannot even locate most functionality I used to be able to find in menus and toolbars so I dumped their Office once and for all. To top it off they keep adding useless bloat with every version, it's just growing in size while becoming less and less functional with each user interface revision.

I wouldn't bother with M$ Office even if it was free as long as other functional alternatives exist.

Oh and only somebody completely clueless would send out his resume as an Office document (of any kind) - this is what PDF is for.

By spamreader1 on 1/28/2014 1:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like having to be online to do things, there's enough data mined now. I just assume my generated content stay's local.

By Nekrik on 1/28/2014 2:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
The free alternatives are more on parity with Wordpad, and for simple tasks Wordpad works just as well as any of the free Office alternatives and won't have the jacked up formatting and compatibility problems an OpenOffice or LibreOffice document will. For anything beyond a simple chunk of text there is no alternative to Office if documents are shared with other users.

RE: What does it matter when no one uses it?
By troysavary on 1/28/2014 3:12:37 PM , Rating: 1
I have yet to find an office suite that does what MS Office does. I've tried Open Office and Libre Office and they both suck for anything beyond a basic letter.

By Quicksand Jesus on 1/29/2014 1:45:40 PM , Rating: 1
Cool story bro!

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