Microsoft is rebranding its built-in Office apps on Windows to Microsoft 365. While the existing app is mainly used for quick access to Office apps, this new Microsoft 365 one is designed to really leverage Microsoft’s Graph network to provide additional apps, relevant documents, and a feed of meetings and information that might be useful to plan a day ahead.
This new app won’t be limited to Microsoft’s commercial customers either, as consumers and students will also be able to take advantage of it. It will include the regular access to Office apps, a feed of recent documents and files, and the ability to browse by meetings.
It also now includes all Microsoft apps, not just Office ones, and there’s even a section for third-party apps and company apps. Then there’s a feed for seeing what meetings are coming up and personalized recommendations from Microsoft’s Graph network.
“The new Microsoft 365 app is one part of our larger strategy and focus as a company on Microsoft 365 and is reflective of the innovation we’ve strived to deliver as work and life continue to evolve,” explains Jared Spataro, CVP of modern work at Microsoft. “The new app serves as a hub for all the productivity apps Microsoft 365 offers and provides a simple, yet powerful experience for our customers as they navigate changing workstyles and collaboration patterns.”
Microsoft originally launched Microsoft 365 subscriptions for consumers two years ago, offering access to Office, Teams, and more in a monthly subscription package. It’s been largely successful, as Microsoft 365 Consumer subscriptions continue to grow and are currently at 59.7 million.