Microsoft Office 365 is a great subscription service that gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and more, for an affordable price starting at $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year. However, not everyone may have that much money to spend on that subscription. No need to worry though, as there are more than a few ways that you can get Office 365 for free. Here's how.
Use Office 365 for free on the web
If you're not willing to shell out your money for a subscription fee, you can still enjoy some basic editing functionalities of Office 365 right from your web browser. To get started, you'll need to create a Microsoft Account by visiting this webpage. Once you've set up your account, you'll have basic access to Office on the Web via Office Online.
At the Office Online main page, you'll notice a list of apps which are available for you for free. The list includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, Forms, Flow, and Skype. If you click on one of these Apps, it will launch in a new tab. Of course, the functionalities are limited, but simple tasks will work just fine. You'll need to stay connected and online to keep working.
You can also "upload" any Office documents you have stored on your computer or downloaded to edit in any of the online apps. This is powered by Microsoft OneDrive, so uploading documents and editing online shouldn't be a fully reliable solution for processor-intensive tasks like crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets.
Get Office 365 for free from school
If you're a student or teacher or work in a school, you might already be eligible to get Office 365 for free from your educational institution. This means you won't need to purchase an additional Office 365 Home or Personal subscription.
To check your eligibility, you can check out this Microsoft webpage and input your @.edu email address. Next, choose if you're a student or teacher. If you see a page that reads "You have an account with us," then that means you're eligible for free Office 365. Click the sign in link, and sign in with the email address and password (Office 365 information) provided to you by your school. Once logged in with your .edu, you can then head to this page and click the "Install Office" button on the top right cover of the screen.
If you don't that page when inputting your email, then Office might not be available for free for you at your school. Your school's IT professional can enroll and request for a free Microsoft Office 365 Education plan.
Try Office 365 free for 30 days
If Office online isn't right for you, and if you can't get Office from your educational institution for free, all hope is not lost. You can, indeed, enjoy Office 365 for free for one month by heading to this free trial page and signing up with your Microsoft Account.
By going this route, you'll get free one-month access to everything covered in Office 365 Home. Be aware that you'll need to give up billing information before downloading, and you'll need to take note of the date you downloaded. Once the 30 days are up, you'll have to cancel to avoid being charged for another month of service.
Under the one month trial of Office 365 Home, six different people can enjoy access to PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and Skype across multiple devices. Each person will be able to install Office on all their devices, with their own personal accounts, but each person can only can stay signed in to five devices at the same time. Also included under the plan is access to 1TB of cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive, and 60 minutes of calling on Skype.
So, there you have it. Three easy ways in which you can get Office 365 for free. No need to mess with product keys, visit suspicious websites, or download strange programs to enjoy Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint. If all else fails, there are plenty of free alternatives available for download which can create, edit, and save Microsoft Office documents. The list includes LibreOffice, FreeOffice, and WPS Office.