updated 05:24 am EST, Thu February 20, 2014
Repurposes Office domain for online productivity suite
One day after renaming its SkyDrive cloud storage to OneDrive, Microsoft has performed a second rebranding effort, this time on its online productivity suite. Office Web Apps is being renamed as "Office Online," and in an effort to make the service easier for users to discover and move away from Google Docs, Microsoft is now using the Office.com domain name for the web apps.
The Microsoft Office blog claims the use of the word "Apps" in the Office Web Apps name confused users, with some thinking they were items found in an app store or were installable items. It also states that not many people knew the online versions of the tools existed, aside from users of OneDrive and SharePoint, prompting the domain name change.
Users can log into the free Office Online using their Microsoft Account credentials, with files automatically saved to OneDrive. As part of the same update, hundreds of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel templates have been added to the service, while the online versions of the Office apps have been added to the app switcher at the top of the page, covering all Microsoft services.