Microsoft Office 365 is a fantastic subscription service that gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and more for a low monthly or annual fee of $6.99. However, not everyone has the financial means to pay for that subscription. There’s no need to be concerned, though, because there are a number of ways to get Office 365 for free. Here’s how to do it.
Use Office 365 for free on the web
If you don’t want to pay a monthly subscription fee, you can still use some of Office 365’s basic editing features right from your web browser. To begin, you’ll need to create a Microsoft Account by going to this page. You’ll have basic access to Office on the Web via Office Online once you’ve set up your account.
On the main page of Office Online, you’ll notice a list of free apps. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, Forms, Flow, and Skype are all on the list. Each of these Apps will open in a new tab when you click on it. Of course, the features are limited, but they will suffice for simple tasks. To keep working, you’ll need to stay connected and online.
You can also use any of the online apps to “upload” any Office documents you have saved on your computer or downloaded to edit. Because this is powered by Microsoft OneDrive, uploading and editing documents online shouldn’t be considered a fully reliable solution for processor-intensive tasks such as crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets.
Get Office 365 for free from school
If you’re a student, teacher, or work in a school, your educational institution may already be able to provide you with Office 365 for free. This eliminates the need for a separate Office 365 Home or Personal subscription.
You can check your eligibility by going to this Microsoft webpage and entering your @.edu email address. Next, decide whether you want to be a student or a teacher. If you come across a page that says “You have an account with us,” you’re eligible for free Office 365. Sign in with the email address and password (Office 365 information) provided by your school by clicking the sign in link. You can then go to this page and click the “Install Office” button on the top right cover of the screen once you’ve logged in with your.edu.
If you don’t see that page when entering your email, Office may not be available at your school for free. A free Microsoft Office 365 Education plan can be requested by your school’s IT professional.
Try Office 365 free for 30 days
If Office online isn’t for you, and you can’t get Office for free from your educational institution, don’t despair. By going to this free trial page and signing up with your Microsoft Account, you can get a month of Office 365 for free.
You’ll get a free one-month subscription to Office 365 Home if you take this route. You’ll need to provide billing information before downloading, and you’ll need to keep track of when you downloaded. If you don’t cancel before the 30 days are up, you’ll be charged for another month of service.
Six different people can use PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and Skype across multiple devices during the one-month trial of Office 365 Home. Each person will be able to install Office on all of their devices using their own personal accounts, but they will be limited to five devices at a time. Access to 1TB of cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive and 60 minutes of Skype calling are also included in the plan.
That’s all there is to it. There are three simple ways to get Office 365 for free. To use Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint, there’s no need to fiddle with product keys, visit suspicious websites, or download strange programs. If all else fails, there are a plethora of free Microsoft Office document creators, editors, and savers available for download. The list includes LibreOffice, FreeOffice, and WPS Office.