“How do I get Microsoft Office for free?” … That is probably the question that I get asked the most from my non-techie friends.
Let me answer it for you.. (but first a disclaimer… This is a Canadian Blog and I’m writing in Canadian dollars with Canadian content)
You can’t. It’s not free. It will cost you something in return. Maybe not money, but it might cost you privacy or your usage patterns.
If you’re okay with that, then let’s look at a few options.
Buy Microsoft Office:
First off, you can stop being cheap and actually pay for it from Microsoft. This is not the free office option. The people at Microsoft put in long hours to make an extraordinary application that I use daily so I don’t mind paying for it.
Actually, my company pays for my work version. But I also have a personal account that I pay for. Here is a little secret though, if you have a email from the college or university that you went to, you can get a discount. Plus there is a good chance that your kid will get it for free from their school board.
See that story here: Microsoft Office Education Version
If you do buy it, it’s $11/month and that covers 5 devices. FIVE!!!! Your computer, your spouses computer, the kids computer, an ipad and even give a copy to Gramma.
You can buy it here at this link: -> LINK <-
The Free Office Alternative – Libre Office:
Second option if you don’t want to spend the money. Get Libre Office. It’s an open source version of Office that works just as well and it’s literally free.
You can get it for Windows or Mac and it comes built into almost every version of Linux. It’s simple to use and you can set the defaults so that they save and open as actual Microsoft Office files.
The download link for it is here -> LINK <-
Next options are just as good for a free office alternative but require cloud service. That would be Google Docs for example where you can download offline versions. This is where you are going to give up your privacy a bit in exchange to use the Google services. The benefits to using Google Docs is that you can access it from all your devices, you don’t need to install anything and you can easily share the documents. So many large corporations use this now that it’s starting to become the standard. Companies will share the calendars for staff so that everyone can see their shifts or upcoming jobs. You can share sales funnels with staff, build pivot tables to deploy pricing and do so much more with it. I recommend this to almost everyone plus you get A LOT of free storage with it. Simply set up a free gmail account here -> LINK <-
Outlook.com – The hidden Microsoft secret to getting Office for FREE:
And there is the original, I also use this often. When you create an email address with Outlook.com , you get access to all of the Office features FOR FREE. YES, free! It’s really that simple. Goto outlook.com and create an account. When you sign in, look up in the top left and click the 9 squares to see the options
you can also use your login credentials to download the applications to your computer, tablet or phone for no charge.
It’s that simple. I hope that you take advantage of some of these free tools to boost your creativity. If you do, please leave a comment below and let me know which one you use the most.