(The Hosting News) –Following the re-branding of its cloud storage service, Microsoft has re-branded another one of its services, its Office Web Apps.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced the official change of its Office Web Apps to Office Online; a change motivated by the confusion from customers who were not sure how to access the services.
“We heard from customers that the inclusion of Apps in our name was confusing,” wrote Microsoft Marketing Manager for Office Online, Amanda Lefebvre, via Office blog. “Are they something I install? Do I go to an app store to get them?”
In addition to the rename, the online service has some new features to make the experience easier to find and share for users.
Customers can now go to the new website, Office.com, to open the online editions of Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel instead of having to go through OneDrive, previously SkyDrive, or SharePoint.
“Not only are we making it easier to find, share and collaborate using Office Online, we’re making it easier to create great looking documents. The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just a click.”
Also with the new features, Office Online users can easily move between Microsoft tools with the included app switcher.