Every computer user is familiar with the trio of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel – these widely-used applications form an integral part of the Microsoft Office Suite. This comprehensive software package also encompasses a range of other indispensable tools, such as Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and many others. These applications have become staples in both home and business settings, enjoying global popularity. In the past, acquiring Microsoft Office required a substantial financial investment, but times have changed.
Latest Ms Office 365 for Free
Microsoft Office was facing tough competition through free softwares like Open Office, Libre Office and Google’s Drive/Docs. To counter act, Microsoft has recently decided to provide its latest version of Ms Office (i.e. Office 365) for free. Office 365 is the latest and most up-to-date version of Microsoft Office.
Office 365 is a cloud-based, subscription based model version of Microsoft’s most popular productivity suite Microsoft Office. It contains the all the applications that traditional versions of Office had like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. And depending on the plan purchased, it may also contain other applications and services such as Publisher, Planner, One Drive, ToDo, Sway, Exchange, SharePoint, Access, Skype, Yammer, and Microsoft Teams.
Office 365 Free Version
Aimed tough competition from cloud based Google Drive/Doc’s, Microsoft is providing Cloud version of Ms Office 365 free. There are two ways to get Office 365 free.
For both of them, you need to have Microsoft account which can be created for free from here. While signing up you can either create a new email id or use your existing one like Gmail or Yahoo.
- One Drive storage of 5GB
- Ms Word
- Ms Excel
- Ms PowerPoint
- Ms OneNote
- Ms Outlook
- Sway and
- To Do
First Method: Office.com
After creating Microsoft account, visit the www.office.com and sign in with your Microsoft account. Select the free version and proceed. Now you can open all the above applications on in your browser. This means you can access it from anywhere. You just need to have internet. They will store all your working files on your One Drive. You also get free storage of 5GB. That is sufficient for 500 documents of size 10 MB each. You can also download the document/file created on office 365 into your local machine.
Second Method: Office Application
If you like the desktop version and don’t prefer to use a browser for accessing Office Apps then you can also download the Office Application for free from App store. It’s essentially a hub for accessing the Office desktop apps, launching recent documents, or simply finding the free web versions of Office. It’s a free app that comes pre-installed with Windows 10, and you don’t need an Office 365 subscription to use it. To use free version of office 365, you need to sign in from your Microsoft account. Again, free version of Office 365 is cloud based and you need to have a working internet connection to use it. The best feature about this method over first one, it can find the existing Office document in your PC. To edit it, you just need to upload it to One Drive and that’s a matter of just one click.
Microsoft offers Office 365 for free which include all the popular office applications like Ms Word, Excel, Power Point and many others. You also get 5BG free One Drive online storage per user. Other big advantage of it is that you can access your files and edit it from anywhere as it’s stored on One Drive. However, free version of Office 365 is an online version. This means you need to have an active internet connection to edit or download files.