How to download Microsoft Office for free (now Microsoft 365) | Digital Trends Spanish


When a new year begins, people usually make resolutions and set goals to improve; some are fulfilled, others do not pass the project, to be considered once again in twelve months. If you are looking for inspiration to think of realistic goals, but at the same time easy to put into practice, why not bring into your life something useful that will help you work and be more professional? Start the year with Microsoft Office (or Microsoft 365, as it is now known). Best of all, it might not cost you anything: if you can’t afford the cost of a product license – the most affordable version is $ 150 – here’s how to download Microsoft Office for free (and legally, obviously).

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The process is not so straightforward or fast, but there are several alternatives. We are talking here about a basic productivity tool, not a whim or any other program. If you’re not an advanced user and don’t need all of the premium features, you can save yourself a bit of money (that’s what we want to explain below).

In case you didn’t know, Microsoft 365 personal and family subscriptions are available worldwide from April 21, 2020. With them you will have access to all of Office 365, in addition to the new functions. The cost of Microsoft 365 Personal is $ 7 per month, while a family of six can purchase Microsoft 365 Family for $ 10 per month.

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Use the free web and mobile application

Microsoft has gradually expanded the number of programs that you can use online for free. In addition, it now offers a suite room impressive that it can be easily merged with downloaded applications – if needed – and is feature rich.

Enrollment is also very easy. You have to go to this web page, choose the app you want (scroll down to see all the options) and sign in to your Microsoft account to get started. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, signing up is easy.

Also, since you need Office Online, it’s a good idea to create an account. This allows you to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Calendar, and other traditional Microsoft applications. It also gives you access to more niche apps, like Sway, which allows you to create presentations / reports interactively, or People, an advanced Skype-compatible contact list, as well as Docs.com, for uploading and sharing documents.

But while these apps are useful, they are also limited to very basic functions. They don’t offer the full features of Office 365, and of course you need an online connection to use them. They work for simple tasks, like putting together a simple document, but they won’t work for more complex tasks.

Get Microsoft 365 through your school

If you are part of an educational organization (student, teacher or staff), take the time to enter your school email address in this site and see if you can get a version of Office 365 for free. Microsoft extends this to all students, but the school must register first or just be very lucky.

If your school is not part of the program, an administrator can easily enroll. The benefits are basically the same as in the trial version of the software, with the addition of a separate Class Notebook for classroom management, unlimited online meetings, and intranet customization options.

If you just graduated, you may not be able to get Office 365 for free, but at a very low cost. Multiple discounts for recent graduates allow you to get Office 365 Personal for just $ 1 per month, plus a subscription to LinkedIn Premium, ideal for those taking their first professional steps.

Try a 30-day free trial

Luckily, the free trial is still alive. If you want to experience the Office 365 service without shelling out a dollar, you can do it for a full month. Simply head over to the free trial page and sign up.

The trial version lets you download Microsoft 365 on up to five PCs or Macs, and lets you use the Office mobile apps on up to five tablets and five phones.

Plus, you get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage for each user. The trial version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications.

The downside is that you only get a month of use, which doesn’t fix anything if you need the service long-term. Another caveat is that Microsoft requires your financial account information before downloading and will automatically start charging you after the trial month ends.

It’s a good way to test out the full version of Microsoft 365 and see if it offers enough to be worth paying for, but be prepared to cancel it if you don’t want to be charged.

Note: some product offerings can be a bit confusing, like the Try link Microsoft 365 Personal free in Microsoft Store. This refers to the same one-month trial version. Also, do not try websites that offer “free product keys”, which are mostly illegal.

Sign up for an evaluation (30-60 days)

In its assessment CenterMicrosoft also runs an evaluation program that allows you to test for a time Office 365 ProPlus (30 days). It’s basically another way to get a free trial, but with a software more specific and full-featured.

However, remember that it is an evaluation period, so the service will stop after the established time. Additionally, Microsoft can use this service to help troubleshoot newer applications, so don’t expect everything to be perfect the first time.

Don’t forget the free alternatives to Microsoft 365

If you need applications similar to those of Microsoft 365 – and you need them “right now” – remember that there are several alternative and free versions available. These applications often have very similar interfaces and their files can often be transferred to the suite room from Microsoft without problems.

But remember: they are excellent solutions in a pinch, or only if you need to save some money.

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