Office Online officially replaces Microsoft's Office Web Apps

What's in a name? Ask the team behind Office Online. 

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Adios, Office Web Apps. Hello, Office Online. 

On Thursday, Microsoft announced it would do away with the old Office Web App moniker, and introduce Office Online, a rejiggered version of its browser-based software suite. The new office includes a range of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates – "so you can go from nothing to something with just a click," Microsoft says – and the ability to collaborate in real time on shared documents. 

But the most significant change may be the name. 

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"We heard from customers that the inclusion of Apps in our name was confusing," Microsoft's Amanda Lefebvre wrote in a post on the official Office blog. "Are they something I install? Do I go to an app store to get them? No, to use them all you need is a web browser. Ah! You say. So it’s like Office, online. Yes, exactly. Office Online." 

Newbies can check out the various options at this landing page; a premium membership, for instance, will set you back $10 a month, while basic Office Online access is free (although there's a cap on storage, and you can't access any of your documents when you're offline). 

In other Microsoft rebranding/reshuffling news, yesterday the Washington company officially introduced the cloud storage platform OneDrive, which replaces SkyDrive, a moniker Microsoft was forced to retire in the wake of a recent trademark case. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to get all of your favorite stuff in one place – one place that is accessible via all of the devices you use every day, at home and at work," Microsoft exec Chris Jones said. 

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