June 20th , 2024


Stanley Hammond

9 months ago


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You can get all your work done in Word or Excel without paying

Microsoft now bundles its Office products in the Microsoft 365 subscription. The Microsoft 365 Personal bundle comes with access to all Office programs, plus 1TB storage space in OneDrive. But it also costs $69.99 per year for individuals, and $100 for the Family plan.

But what if you don’t want to pay for Office at all? What if you only use it sporadically, or can’t afford a subscription? There are a couple of legit ways to access Microsoft Office apps like PowerPoint, Word, and Excel for free.

Microsoft 365 Education is free for students and teachers

If you’re a student or teacher, Microsoft will provide the entire suite to you for free, including Teams and classroom tools, as long as you are a part of an eligible institution. All you need is to enter your school’s official email address on the Microsoft Office Education page to get started. If your domain is verified, you’ll be granted access to Office tools using an automated authentication process. But if your institution still needs to be verified, it might take up to a month to complete the account setup.

However, there are some caveats here, and Microsoft isn’t overly clear how everything works. If your school is eligible, you should be good to go. However, it appears it’s possible you’ll only be eligible for free Office web app, in addition to Microsoft Teams and OneDrive. In other cases, your school might not be eligible for any of it.

In those cases, Microsoft offers a discounted rate of $2.99 per month for all college students with a valid college email address. That subscription includes all Office products, along with 1TB OneDrive storage space, something you’d normally have to spend $6.99 per month for.

Use Office apps online for free

If you’re not a student, you can still access Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Calendar, My Content, Skype, Designer and Clipchamp for free using the Microsoft 365 website. (The old website also works.) Here, click the Sign up for the free version of Office button and log in with your Microsoft ID. Then, choose the app you would like to work with, and it will open up instantly. All your work will be saved automatically in your OneDrive account.

While these Office apps are truly free, there is one catch: They aren’t the full-fledged desktop version that you’re used to. You only have access to the web app version of each app, but that isn’t necessarily bad. These web apps are solid, and sport the most important features for each app, so you’ll be able to get all of your regular work done in these apps. In fact, collaboration features are still available here. The downside, of course, is that they only work in the browser, so you’ll need an active internet connection.

If you need desktop Office apps, you can always get a one-month free trial of Microsoft 365 by entering your credit card details. Just ensure to cancel the subscription before you’re charged.

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