Microsoft Office is unarguably the best and one of the most used software when it comes to office software. Though there are many good alternatives too, no one matches with the advanced features, functionality, and productivity that Microsoft Office provides. However, not everybody could afford to buy it. It starts at $70, which is fairly costly.
Instead of switching to any other alternative, if you are looking for a way to get Microsoft Office for free, then you need not worry anymore. In this guide, we have listed the five ways to get the Microsoft Office for free of cost and use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office applications.
Keep in mind that these are all legitimate ways to get the Office software bundle; no illegal or untrustworthy methods would be listed in the guide.
Use Office Online on a Browser for Free
Yes, that is true. Microsoft Office is available for free to use it online on a web browser. It is a simplified version of the offline Office yet powerful enough to provide you an excellent editing experience. It is available for every platform such as Windows, Mac, Android, and others.
Obviously, it does not work offline. You can use all the applications such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and others for free here.
To start using it, just go to Office.com and sign-in with your Microsoft account. If you do not carry a Microsoft account, then you can sign-up for it without paying anything. Once you are signed in, click on any of the applications to start using it. You can also drag & drop or open your offline files from your system to edit them online on the web. These offline files will be uploaded to your Microsoft’s account OneDrive storage, which is again, free to use.
Office Online applications are not fully feature rich as traditional offline applications for Windows and Mac. It has some limitations, but still, it can handle a beginner to intermediate level work. What more you can ask from a free to use application.
Sign Up for a Free One-Month Trial
If you are not a regular Office user, you can sign-up for a one-month free trial. To try this offer, head to Microsoft’s Try Office for Free website and sign-up for the trial.
It will ask for your credit card detail to sign-up and subscription. However, you can cancel the subscription at any time so that you won’t get charged. You can cancel the subscription just after signing-up too, and still enjoy the 30-day trial.
After signing up for the trials, you can download the full offline versions of the Office on Windows or Mac. You can also use Office on larger iPads. You can download Office from the official Microsoft site or for using the direct download links of the full offline version.
Remember, the trial period will give you full access to Microsoft 365 Home plan. You can share this free trial with five more members. You all will get full access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and 1TB of storage in OneDrive.
Another great advantage, Microsoft also provides a free trial to Office 365 ProPlus. It means you can enjoy another month of using Office for free.
Get Office Free as a Student or Teacher
You might not be aware of this that many educational institutes pay for the Office 365 plans, and it is available for students and teachers to use it for free.
To check whether your institute participates in this plan or not, go to the Office 365 Education site and enter your college or school email id. If your institute is listed, you will get an offer to download it for free.
Even if an institute does not participate in the plan, students and teachers can still get the Microsoft Office at the reduced minimal price. Check the website for more details.
Share Microsoft 365 Home Plan
Microsoft Office Home Subscriptions are meant to be shared with five more people other than the primary owner. Sharing is managed through an office sharing page on the official site of Microsoft. The main owner needs to enter the email ids of the other members he wants to add. They will get the invitation link for joining Office 365 plan via email.
After clicking on the invitation link, each person can now sign-up or sign-in with their Microsoft account and download the Office 365. Apart from accessing the full version of Office applications, each account holder will also get 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
Microsoft policy says that subscription to Office 365 can be shared among your ‘households.’ So if one of your family member, friend, or your office colleague has the subscription of Office 365, you too can join them.
Another thing you can do is you, and 5 of your friends or colleagues can collectively buy the annual subscription. This way, it will cost you very little, almost $17 per year. It is better and cheaper than spending $70 for Microsoft Office for a single person.
Try the Mobile Apps on Phones and Small iPads
Microsoft Office applications are available for free to download for Android and iOS phone devices. You can download these apps to open, create, and edit the documents.
These are also available for iPad and Android Tablets. For the device with a screen size greater than 10.1 inches, you can use these apps for viewing the document, but for editing and creating, you have to buy the paid subscription.
So, these are the five legitimate ways to get the services of Microsoft Office without paying any cost. There are also many illegal ways to get them for free, but it is recommended not to follow those methods. If you still could not get the Office for free, then you can try some fantastic alternatives to it, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice, and Apple iWork. These applications are not that fluent like Microsoft Office but are more than enough to handle your basic works.
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