Microsoft Office 365 is the old name for Microsoft 365 software built on top of Office 365. The three names represent three stages of development: from a standard document service to a turnkey ecosystem using cloud computing and artificial intelligence. This is a whole library of content, a comprehensive set of tools for everyday life and office routine. The complete collection brings together all Microsoft Office applications with the latest add-ons. They are available on a prepaid basis for one month or immediately for a whole year.
Meaning and History
A simple logo with four multicolored squares does not even remotely convey the fullness of Microsoft 365. After all, this subscription provides a lot more than packages with a permanent license. Its users can check for stylistic errors in Word, get tips from a smart assistant in PowerPoint, connect a bank account to Excel, analyze password security in Edge, monitor family members’ movements in Family Safety, instantly organize video meetings for 50 participants on Skype, and train emotional speech in Presenter Coach.
The logo looks much simpler than it could be with such advanced features. On the other hand, it fully complies with the corporate identity of Microsoft and all its brands.
2011 – 2013
In 2011, the Office 365 platform appeared, which was supposed to compete with the promoted Google Workspace. It merged all of the parent company’s existing online services and inherited the Microsoft Office suite of four square frames that resemble flower petals. The designers even kept the yellow-orange gradient. Also, both logos bear the word “MICROSOFT OFFICE” with the second Word in bold. The only difference is that the cloud service has the number “365” after the text, while the office suite has “2010”.
2013 – 2020
The Office 365 platform began using the new logo a year after Microsoft Office introduced it. There is only one frame left in this version. It appears to be voluminous due to the lines’ uneven thickness and matches the Metro art style. The service name remained in its place, and the word “Microsoft” disappeared. All colors have been changed to orange.
In 2020, the software product took on another Microsoft Office logo, created a year earlier. The frame has become truly three-dimensional because the designers used the appropriate effects: gradient, shadows, and highlights. The inscription has acquired black color and a transformed font.
2020 – present
In April 2020, a new round in the history of the online platform began. Microsoft has given its offspring a different name: Microsoft 365. At the same time, the subscription prices remained the same. The rebranding concerned only the functionality and visual identification of the service. The polygonal shape in the logo has become a standard Windows checkbox, not curved, but flat. The black word “Office” has been replaced with the gray word “Microsoft.”
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The app bundle icon consists of four colored squares. This is a reference to the iconic Windows symbol in the form of a flag. The multi-part logo indicates that Microsoft 365 includes a wide variety of interconnected programs and work as one.
All Microsoft products use the Segoe UI font, and a cloud service with office programs is no exception. This typeface is as close as possible to the Frutiger lettering, created specifically for the Roissy Airport signage.
The logo color scheme matches the Microsoft logo palette. The combination of bright squares (red, green, blue, yellow) and gray lettering creates a dramatic contrast.