It’s simple to save $100 a year.
You may already be using some of the products in Microsoft 365, the most recent edition of the Microsoft Office suite of tools. The most common method of accessing them is still via purchasing a Microsoft 365 membership.
Microsoft released Microsoft 365 Basic on January 11; it costs $2 per month or $20 for a yearly membership. However, there are specific situations in which you can obtain Microsoft 365 for free.
The productivity software from Microsoft includes time-tested programmed like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as well as more recent ones like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint.
The annual subscription fee for the suite varies between $20 and $100 and covers use across devices and family members. Office Home and Student 2021, a standalone version of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, is available from Microsoft for a one-time fee of $150.
The free online versions of Office 365, Microsoft 365, and their related apps are listed here.
Get Microsoft Office 365 Education free if you’re a student or a teacher
With an active school email address, you may be qualified to receive free access to Office 365 from Microsoft, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Teams in addition to additional teaching resources.
Simply input your school email address on this page of the Office 365 Education section of the Microsoft website. You’ll frequently be given access right away because of an automated verification procedure. It could take up to a month to verify your eligibility if you attend a school that needs to be validated.
With a verified school email address, college students can also get Microsoft 365 Personal for $3 per month.
How to get Microsoft Office suite free if you’re anyone else
Anyone can try Microsoft 365 for free for one month. You will have to input your credit card number, though. Additionally, you will be charged $100 for a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Family if you don’t cancel before the month is out (formerly called Office 365 Home).
The good news is that you can access several of Microsoft 365’s apps online for free if you don’t need the entire toolkit. These apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Calendar, My Content, Skype, Designer, and Clip champ. This is how you obtain them:
1. Visit Microsoft365.com now.
2. Under “Sign in,” click Sign up for the free version of Office.
3. Enter your Microsoft account information or register for a free one. You already have an active Microsoft account if you already have a Windows, Skype, or Xbox Live login.
4. Choose the app you wish to use, then utilize OneDrive to save your work on the cloud.
So what’s the catch for the free version?
Why would I pay for Microsoft 365 in the first place if I can access all of those apps for free, you might be asking. The usefulness of the free apps is, however, constrained: You can only use them while you are actively connected to the internet and they only run in your web browser. They are deficient in features compared to the whole Microsoft 365 editions.
However, there are still a lot of advantages, such being able to interact in real-time and exchange links to your work, much like the Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) productivity tools do. The free versions of each of these apps should work for you if you’re seeking for the most basic versions.
For additional information on productivity, see what Microsoft 365 Basic has to offer users, the highlights of Windows 11, and how to snap screenshots in Windows 10 or 11. Additionally, you can look at CNET’s ranking of the top Windows laptops.