Anyone can use Free Microsoft 365 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint without paying for them. We will show you how to do it.
Microsoft’s suite of productivity software—including Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint—usually costs $149.99 per one-time installation (as Office 365) or between $69.99 (for personal) and $99.99 (for family) per year for subscription service access across devices (as Microsoft 365). Microsoft is also planning to announce a brand-new standalone version of Microsoft Office for both Windows and Mac—for a flat cost, will require no subscription—at some point later this year.
Here are the versions of Microsoft 365 and their apps that you can find online for free right now.
If you’re a student or a teacher
If you are a student, teacher, or faculty member with a school email address, you are likely to be eligible to access Microsoft 365 free of charge through Microsoft—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and additional classroom tools.
All you need to do is enter your school email address on this page on the Microsoft Office website: www.office.com/setup. In many cases, you will be instantly granted access through an automated verification process. If you attend an institution that needs to be verified, it may take up to a month to confirm your eligibility.
Recent graduates who want to stay with Microsoft 365 can also get Microsoft 365 Personal for 12 months for $12 with a valid school email address.
If you’re anyone else
You can get a one-month free trial of Microsoft 365 to try it out. It does, however, require you to enter a credit card, and if you do not cancel before the month comes to an end, you will be charged $99.99 for a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Family (formerly called Office 365 Home).
The good news is that if you do not need a full suite of Microsoft 365, you can access a number of its apps online for free—including Excel, Word, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Calendar and Skype. Here’s how to get them:
- Go to office365.com/setup
- Login to your Microsoft account email and password (or create a new one for free). You have an active Microsoft account if you already have a Windows, Skype or Xbox login.
- Select the app you want to use and save your work with OneDrive in the cloud.
Is there a catch for the free version?
You might say, wait a minute—if I can get all those apps for free, why purchase Microsoft 365 in the first place? The reason is that the functionality of these applications is limited: They’re only running through your web browser, and you cannot use them unless you’re online. There are also fewer features than the full versions of Microsoft 365.
However, there are still several benefits, including the ability to share links to your work and collaborate in real time, like G Suite tools. If you are looking for basic versions of each of these apps, the free version should work well for you.
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.