Microsoft Office normally starts at $ 70 a year, but there are several ways to get it for free. We will show you all the ways to get Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office applications without paying a dime.
Use Office Online in a browser; It’s free
Whether you use a Windows 10 PC, Mac, or Chromebook, you can use Microsoft Office for free in a web browser. Web versions of Office are streamlined and won’t work offline, but still offer a powerful editing experience. You can open and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents directly in your browser.
To access these free web applications, go to Office.com and sign in with a free Microsoft account. Click the icon of an application, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, to open the Web version of that application.
You can also drag and drop a file from your computer to the Office.com page. It will be downloaded to the free OneDrive storage in your Microsoft account, and you can open it in the associated app.
Office web applications have certain limitations. These apps aren’t as comprehensive as regular Office desktop apps for Windows and Mac, and you can’t access them offline. But they offer surprisingly powerful Office applications and are completely free.
Sign up for a free one month trial
If you just need Microsoft Office for a short time, you can sign up for a free one-month trial. To find this offer, go to the Microsoft website Try Office for free website and sign up for the trial.
You will need to provide a credit card to register for the trial, and it will be automatically renewed after the month. However, you can cancel your subscription at any time, even immediately after registering, to ensure that you are not charged. You can continue to use Office for the rest of your month free after cancellation.
After joining the trial version, you can download full versions of these Microsoft Office applications for Windows PC and Mac. You’ll also have access to full versions of apps on other platforms, including larger iPads.
This trial will give you full access to a Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) plan for the home. You will get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and 1 TB of storage in OneDrive. You can share it with up to five other people. They will each have access to the applications via their Microsoft account and will have their own 1 TB of storage for a total of 6 TB of storage.
Microsoft also offers 30-day free evaluations of Office 365 ProPlus, intended for companies. You may be able to take advantage of both offers for two months of free access to Microsoft Office.
Get Office free as a student or teacher
Many educational institutions pay for Office 365 plans, allowing students and teachers to download the software for free.
To find out if your school is participating, go to Office 365 education website and enter your school’s email address. You will be offered a free download if available as part of your school plan.
Even if a university or college does not participate, it can offer Microsoft Office at a reduced cost to students and teachers through its bookstore. Check with your educational institution – or at least check their website – for more details.
Try mobile apps on phones and small iPads
Microsoft Office applications are also free on smartphones. On an iPhone or Android phone, you can download Office mobile apps to open, create and edit documents for free.
On an iPad or Android tablet, these apps will only allow you to create and edit documents if you have a “device with a screen size less than 10.1 inches”. On a larger tablet, you can install these apps to view documents, but you will need a paid subscription to create and modify them.
In practice, this means that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint offer a complete free experience on the iPad Mini and older 9.7-inch iPads. You will need a paid subscription to take advantage of the document editing features of a newer iPad Pro or 10.2-inch iPad.
Join someone’s Microsoft 365 Home plan
Microsoft 365 Home Subscriptions are intended to be shared between several people. The $ 70 per year version offers Office for one person, while the $ 100 per year subscription offers Office for up to six people. You’ll get the full experience with PCs, Macs, iPads, and other Office for Windows devices.
Anyone who pays for Microsoft 365 Home (formerly Office 365 Home) can share it with up to five other Microsoft accounts. It’s very practical: sharing is managed via a “Sharing” Office page on the Microsoft account website. The primary account owner can add five more Microsoft accounts, and each of these accounts will receive an invitation link.
After joining the group, each person can sign in with their own Microsoft account to download the Office apps, as if they were paying for their own subscriptions. Each account will have 1 separate TB of OneDrive storage.
Microsoft says the subscription is intended to be shared between your “home”. So if you have a family member or even a roommate with this service, that person can add you for free to their subscription.
The Home plan is definitely the best deal if you’re going to be paying for Microsoft Office. If you can split a subscription of USD 100 per year between six people, this is less than USD 17 per year per person.
By the way, Microsoft is partnering with some employers to offer a reduction on Office subscriptions to their employees. Check Microsoft Home Use Program website to see if you are eligible for a discount.
Free alternatives to Microsoft Office
If you are looking for something else, consider choosing another office application. There are completely free office suites that offer good compatibility with Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentation files. Here are some of the best:
LibreOffice is a free and open-source office application for Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems. It is similar to desktop versions of Microsoft Office, and it can even work with and create Office documents in common file types such as DOCX documents, XLSX spreadsheets, and PPTX presentations. LibreOffice was based on OpenOffice. While Open office still exists, LibreOffice has more developers and is now the most popular project.
Apple iWork is a free collection of office applications for Mac, iPhone and iPad users. It’s Apple’s competitor for Microsoft Office, and it was paid software before Apple made it free. Windows PC users can also access a web version of iWork through the iCloud website.
Google Docs is a collection of high-performance office software. It stores your files in Google Drive, Google’s online file storage service. Unlike Microsoft’s Web Office applications, you can even access Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline in Google Chrome.
There are many other alternatives, but these are among the best.
If you just don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can still buy a boxed copy of Microsoft Office. however, Family and Student Office 2019 costs $ 150, and you can only install it on one device. You also won’t get a free upgrade to the next major version of Office. If you’re going to pay for Office, the subscription is probably the best offer– especially if you can share a paid plan with other people.