Microsoft Rebranding Office to Microsoft 365

Originally published at: Microsoft Rebranding Office to Microsoft 365 - TidBITS

Microsoft is dropping its Office brand and rebranding its productivity apps as Microsoft 365.

On my wish list is a Take Control book on Microsoft 365. I only occasionally use it and have made a mess of log-ins, One Drive and other “features”.
There is a For Dummies e-book but it doesn’t address the background operations that Take Control is so good at.

It turns out the start of the Dummies book does have a good explanation of the subscriptions options for personal and business use. Now if only I could figure out how I have ended up with numerous “accounts” (logins)…some seem to have been created by clients!


Microsoft does have a history of rebranding every so often, which would usually include debuting new crappy icons, of which I think the animated Clippy was the iconic horror. And remember when they used to splash “Windows” on everything?

I suspect that the powers that be probably decided that axing “Office” will enable them to stress subscriptions rather than one shot packages. And it positions the package as something you would also use in your everyday life, not just the office you work in. But I don’t think that any Mac owner that uses Apple’s free productivity apps will be convinced by this to switch.

This this strategy doesn’t make much sense to me. But I never thought “X Box” was a good name either. And I’ll bet I won’t be the only person who won’t stop calling the Suite Microsoft Office anyway.

Circa 1998 I posted a tip for getting rid of “clippy”

That page also documents my frustrations with Windows & Office at the time.

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I’m trying not to make direct comparisons until I’ve at least held an iPhone 14 Pro in my hand, but every time I’ve seen a demonstration of the “Dynamic Island” so far, it makes me think of Clippy.

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Apologies - Most links on my webpage are from 1998! There are unlikely to be replacement URLs.

If you have time, consider replacing the dead links with Wayback Machine links to the pages.

Hmmm…thank you for the suggestion.
I have probably created more than 10,000 links to web pages since I started my own in 1996 (to mainly to cover astronomy, road safety and personal computing and as an alternative to bookmarking links that interest me). For example:

With news items I try to indicate a date of posting so people realise the link may no longer exist.