Microsoft closes Office, will I lose my documents when I move to Microsoft 365?

First it was Internet Explorer, replaced by the Edge browser. And now it’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to another mythical piece not only of Microsoft’s Windows systems, but of the history of computing. It’s time to say goodbye to Microsoft Office, the office suite of applications made up of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for desktop computers, laptops, mobiles, servers and services for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Linux operating systems.

The 2021 version was already the last one, and it will be replaced by Microsoft 365.

Goodbye, Office suite

For many it was our first word processor, the first contact with a digital presentation, or the first time to make spreadsheets. Use Word two decades ago and with the Comic Sans font style It wasn’t ‘cringe’, it was the usual. But everything changes, evolves and we have to adapt to this fast and voracious technological reality that we live in. Explorer is now Edge. And Office is now 365.

In the last two years, Microsoft 365 has evolved to become the flagship productivity suite from Redmond. In the coming months, Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app, with a new icon, a new look and more features.

Changes will start rolling out to Office.com in November 2022. And then the changes will start rolling out to the Office app on Windows and the Office mobile app in January 2023. These changes will apply to everyone who uses the Office app for work, school, or personal use.

And what about my documents?

A similar conversion process involves changes, so many of you may be wondering if closing Office means losing all those Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents you have. Microsoft’s direct response is that no, “there will be no impact on your existing account, profile, subscription or files. The app will automatically update with a new icon and name.

And for those who want to continue using Word, “As part of Microsoft 365 you will continue to have access to applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. We will also continue to offer one-time purchases of those apps to consumers and businesses through Office 2021 and Office LTSC plans.”.

other type of model

A change that also reflects the current models is that, unlike the Office package that only required a payment to have a valid license, Microsoft 365 has a monthly subscription model, including apps like Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive and others. You can start with free web and mobile apps or upgrade to a premium plan to access more apps, storage, and features.

What news will the Microsoft 365 app bring?

New types of content creation and templates

Create is your place to quickly get started on projects across various Microsoft 365 apps, either starting with blank templates or trying out recommended templates for faster inspiration. The Create module is now available to all users on web, Windows, and mobile, with more types of templates coming to consumers next year.

New Apps module

Discover, launch, and pin the tools you use most in Microsoft 365. Available next month to all users on web and Windows, and on mobile in the coming months.

welcome badge

It allows you to view the status of your Microsoft 365 subscription and track storage usage in one place. Available next month for web and Windows users.

my content

A popular feature for business customers, now available for personal use, My Content is a central location to view and access all of your content—created by you or shared with you—regardless of where it’s stored. Available next month to all users on the web and on Windows.

feed

Relevant content based on who your collaborators are and what they work on is displayed through an easy-to-digest interface to simplify your workflow. Now available to business users on web, Windows, and mobile.

Labelled

A new way to group and organize your content with custom labels across all content types. Now available to business users on the web and on Windows.