Should MS Rename Office Apps? Open "Mobile" Apps?

Two part question:

Should MS rename the current Office mobile apps to just Excel, Word, etc… and then let anyone create documents with them?

Then, the Office 2019 apps would be renamed to Excel Pro, Word Pro, etc?

Paul often comments on how there are too many apps with the same or similar names. So I’m trying to think of a good way of keeping people in the Office sphere of apps, possibily without an O365 subscription and also making a simple deliniation between apps that are best for the most users (formerly mobile apps) and apps that are used in a professional capacity (renamed “pro” apps).

What are your thoughts?

Conversation 2 comments

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    01 February, 2018 - 9:47 pm

    <p>I doubt anyone buys Office 365 just to use the mobile versions of Office programs. The simplest names (Excel, Word, etc) should be attached to the programs most people are willing to pay more to use, and the other versions for which few would pay nearly as much to use would get saddled with longer or maybe even other names.</p><p>However, now there are many different versions just for Windows.</p><ul><li>Office 2016 Home &amp; Student</li><li>Offi<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">ce 2016 Home &amp; Business</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Office 2016 Standard</span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Office 2016 Professional</span></li><li>Office 2016 Professional Plus</li><li>Office 365 Personal</li><li>Office 365 Home</li><li>several commercial Office 365 Business alternatives</li><li>Office 365 Home — packaged versions through the MSFT Store</li><li>Office Mobile (UWP) through the MSFT Store</li><li>Office web apps</li></ul><p><br></p><p>Of all of these, with almost no Windows phones still being made and almost no tablets running Windows 10 Mobile, the Office Mobile apps would be the least used under Windows. Even including related Android and iOS versions, I figure there'd still be at least 3 times more Office users using <em>desktop</em> Windows versions combined that all mobile versions combined. Let the greatest number of users use the simplest name. Also, FWLIW, there's no difference whatsoever between Excel in Home*, Standard, Pro, Pro Plus, 365* (non-Store) SKUs. It may not work well to have <em>Excel Pro</em> in both Standard and Professional SKUs.</p><p>tl;dr — No.</p>

  • thestruggleisreal

    03 February, 2018 - 5:06 am

    <p>I dont think it will make much difference to the functionality</p>

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