Microsoft Office can be expensive: The standalone versions of software, becoming increasingly rare when Microsoft grows Office 365, starts around $ 150 and just goes up from there. Subscriptions on office devices start at $ 7 per month or $ 70 per year and increase rapidly for professional versions of the software. The good news is that future versions of the software are likely to be the same price. The bad news is that it can be expensive for consumers.
Anyway, there is a lot to spend on basic productivity tools, but there are some great news. If you are not a power user and do not need all the latest premium features, you can save a lot of money on Microsoft Office. Like this.
first Use the free web and mobile apps
Microsoft has gradually expanded the number of apps you can use online for free and now offers an impressive suite that can easily merge with downloaded apps if needed and has plenty of functionality for the average project.
It's also very easy to register. Go to this webpage, select the app you want (scroll down for all options) and log in to your Microsoft account to get started. If you do not have a Microsoft account, registration is easy because you need Office Online, it's a good idea to create one at all. This allows you to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Calendar, and other traditional Microsoft applications. It also gives you access to more niche programs, such as Sway, an interactive report / presentation app, People, an advanced Skype-friendly contact list, and Docs.com, for uploading and sharing documents.
So if this is all here and available for free, why is the rest of this article? Because these apps are useful, they are also limited to functioning only too many basic features. They do not offer all the features of Office 365 and of course you need an online connection to use them. It will work for simple tasks, like putting together a simple document – but it does not work for more complicated tasks.
2nd Get the Office Through Your School
If you are part of a training organization (student, faculty or staff), take time to enter your school's email address on this page and see if you can get a version of Office 365 for free. Microsoft extends this to all students, but your school must be registered first or just be very happy.
If your school is not part of the program, an administrator can easily log in. The benefits are basically the same as the trial version of the software, with the addition of a separate class notebook for class management, unlimited online meetings and intranet customization options.
3rd Try a free 30-day trial at Office 365
Ahh, the free trial lives on. If you want to experience Office 365 for free, you can – for a whole month. Just go to the free sample page and sign up. The trial allows you to download Office 365 on up to five PCs or Macs, allowing you to use Office mobile apps on up to five tablets and five phones. Additionally, you get 1TB OneDrive Cloud Storage for each user to experiment with. The trial contains the Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other apps.
The disadvantage is that you only get a month of service, which of course is not beneficial if you need long-term use. Another approach is that Microsoft needs your financial account information before downloading and starts automatically uploading you after the month is up, which may make it hard to disable Office 365 (which is the point). It's a great way to try the full version of Office 365 to see if it offers enough to be worth the price tag but be ready to cancel if you do not want to be charged.
Page Note: Some product offers may be a bit tricky, like the "Try Office 365 Personal for Free" hook on the Microsoft Store. Be aware that this still refers to the trial version for a month, even if it does not get straight and say it. Additionally, do not try these "free product key" websites, which tend to be quite sketchy and rarely deliver.
4th Sign up for an evaluation (30 to 60 days)
At its TechNet Evaluation Center, Microsoft also runs an evaluation program that lets you test some Office apps for a long time. This includes Project Professional 2016 (60 days), Visio Professional 2016 (60 days), and Office 365 ProPlus (30 days). It's basically another way to get a free trial, but with more specific and full-featured software.
Remember that it is an evaluation period, so the service will end after the specified time period. Microsoft can also use this service to help develop kinks in newer apps, so do not expect everything to be perfect the first time.
Do not forget that you can use free Microsoft Office options
If you need Office-like apps and need them quickly, there are many free versions and options out there. These apps tend to have interfaces that are very similar to Office apps and their files can often be transferred to the Office package with little or no hassle.
It makes these solutions great in a pinch – or just when you need to save some money.