Microsoft 365, the evolution of the old Microsoft Office suite, is a collection of applications that you may need for work, school, or your personal life. That cost adds up over time, making it difficult to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or other applications. There are alternatives to getting the service for free.
Microsoft's productivity software includes classics like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as newer applications such as Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint. Microsoft also has released a new Windows and Mac standalone version of Microsoft Office, called Office Home and Student 2021, for a flat $150 no subscription required.
Below are the free versions of Office 365, Microsoft 365, and their apps that you may find online right now.
If you are a student or a teacher, you can get Microsoft Office 365 for free.
If you have an active school email address, you are likely to be eligible for free access to Office 365, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and other classroom tools.
All you need to do is enter your school email address on this Microsofts website: Start using Office 365 for free. In many cases, youll be granted access instantly thanks to an automated verification process. If you attend an institution that needs to be verified, it might take up to a month to verify your eligibility.
Recent students who want to stick with Office 365 can get Microsoft 365 Personal for $12 for 12 months, with a valid school email address.
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If you are anyone else, here's how to get the Microsoft Office suite for free.
Anyone may get a one-month free trial of Microsoft 365. However, it does require you to provide an acredit card number, and if you don't cancel before the month ends, you'll be charged $100 for a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Family (formerly called Office 365 Home).
The good news is that if you don't need Microsoft 365's whole suite of tools, you may get it for free online, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Calendar, and Skype. Here's how to get them:
1. Visit Office.com.
Under the Sign in button, you may sign up for the free version of Office.
3. Create a Microsoft account for free. If you already have a Windows, Skype, or Xbox Live login, make sure you have an active Microsoft account.
4. Choose the app you want to use, and save your work in the cloud with OneDrive.
Use the Microsoft Word app's browser-based version for free.
What is the deal with the free version?
You may be asking yourself, Why pay for Microsoft 365 in the first place? The free apps only run in your web browser, and they can only be used when you are actively connected to the internet. They also have fewer features than the full Microsoft 365 versions.
The free version of each of these apps has a number of advantages, including the ability to share links to your work and collaborate in real time.
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