How to get Microsoft Office for free

Maybe you use free Google apps. Perhaps you don’t have a need for a full subscription of Microsoft Office 365 but need to open a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation from time to time.

Is there a way to get access to Microsoft Office for free or is there another app that you can use to view (and even edit) these files?

The answer is yes. However, there are limitations.

Free trial of Microsoft 365

Microsoft offers a free one-month trial of Microsoft 365. It is important to note that that after the free trial, Microsoft will charge your credit card $100 for a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Family (formerly called Office 365 Home). We recommend the trial because you will be able to try out the full suite of applications in Microsoft 365 and determine whether you can leverage more than just the traditional applications in Office.

If you determine that you only need Word, Excel and PowerPoint, you may be able to get by with the free online apps from Microsoft. You will also get access to OneDrive, Outlook and Calendar. You’ll have to log in to your Microsoft account or create one at www.office.com. Your work will be saved to OneDrive. These apps do not have the full feature set but may be all you need if you just have to review Microsoft Office documents on occasion.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for teachers and students

Teachers, students or faculty members that have an active school email address can get access to Office 365 for free through Microsoft. Start by entering your school email address on this page on Microsoft’s website:

If you are a recent graduate and would like to subscribe to Office 365, you can get a discounted rate for Office 365.

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