You may need some simple resources, like Microsoft Office 365, on your personal or work machine. There are a few ways to get Office 365 and its software free of charge. Microsoft’s subscription include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. A one-time installation typically costs $150 or between $70 to $100 per annum for device and family access.
In March Microsoft announced Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365, a new service which adds more features to the software. Microsoft 365 will be available from 21 April, for a single plan at $7 a month and $10 for a family plan for up to six.
New Microsoft 365 for Students and Teachers
You are likely to be eligible for free access to Office 365 from Microsoft if you are a student, teacher or faculty member with a school e-mail address. Like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and other classroom tools. Only enter your school email address on this Microsoft website page.
When you are attending an institution that needs to be confirmed, verifying your eligibility could take up to a month. Office 365 customers, with a valid school email address, can also get Office 365 Personal for $12 for 12 months.
Free One-month Office 365 Trial
Anyone can take a one-month free trial of Office 365 to test it out. You can use a number of its apps online for free if you don’t want a complete suite of Office 365. Like: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Calendar and Skype.
- Go to Office.com.
- Login to your Microsoft account or create new one.
- Select the app you want to use, and save your work in the cloud with OneDrive.
The explanation is that these apps functionality is limited: they only run through your web browser, so if you’re not online, you can’t use them.
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