Rumor: Office Web Apps could get name change to Office Online

Microsoft was forced to change the name of its SkyDrive service to OneDrive, thanks to losing a trademark dispute in court with TV provider BSkyB. Now there's word that Microsoft could also be changing the name of its free browser based Office Web Apps in the near future, but this time it appears to be Microsoft who wants to alter the brand.

ZDNet reports that they received some screenshots from Yan Zhu of livesino.net that show the use of "Office Online" in reference to the free browser software. In addition, there are also indications that each Office Online program will get a name change to Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. The article does not state where these screenshots came from. We have emailed Microsoft for comment.

Microsoft made some interface changes to Office Web Apps last week, along with adding some new features. The company also revealed on its official Office blog that Outlook.com and SkyDrive/OneDrive will get a new set of headers, shown above, that would allow those users faster access to the various Office Web Apps. However, that portion of the post was later removed for unknown reasons. To be fair, those blogs got defaced by the Syrian Electronic Army on the same day, so it's possible that the section about the headers was removed when the SEA messages were taken down.

Source: ZDNet | Images via ZDNet

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