Microsoft Office on PC for free: Use Word, Powerpoint, Excel; know how to

Microsoft Office can be used for free but there are a few caveats to this. The paid version of Office still offers the overall best experience. 
By AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
| Updated on Dec 04 2021, 09:05 AM IST
The Microsoft Office online version, mainly known as the Office 365, is similar to the Google suite of productivity apps.
The Microsoft Office online version, mainly known as the Office 365, is similar to the Google suite of productivity apps.

Microsoft Office for free? Yes, you read that right. In a world where most basic applications and services are available on a paid program, Microsoft keeps its Office suite free to use. As part of this free MS Office suite, you have access to Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneDrive, Outlook and Teams – all without paying any money. Tempted?

But who is this free version of MS Office for? If you have recently bought a Windows laptop that comes with the MS Office suite pre-installed and activated for one user, you don't need to know this. However, those who haven't can attain the full Windows experience with the free MS Office. Is there a caveat? Sadly, yes.

Microsoft Office: What is the free version?

Microsoft still charges annual fees for its MS Office applications; this provides the classis full-on MS Office experience like we are used for years. However, the free version requires you to be connected to the web, just like you would with Google Docs and Sheets.

In fact, the MS Office online version, mainly known as the Office 365, is similar to the Google suite of productivity apps. And it also shares the same issues that we have had with online productivity apps.

How to use Microsoft Office for free?

-Open you web browser to get started. Search for office.com.

-Next, you will be asked to login with your Microsoft account. This is the same account that you use to login to your Windows PC, or your Xbox console, or any of the Microsoft apps on your smartphone.

-Once you login, you will be greeted with a window that lets you access any of the Office apps from one window.

-Pick your desired Office app. For example, click on Word if you want to work on your document.

-Note that all of you projects will be saved on OneDrive. You can always login to your OneDrive app and access your files from there.

-Since the files are stored online, you can access them from any computer across the world by logging in with your account.

-It is recommended that you use the Microsoft Edge browser for an easy login experience; it syncs with your Microsoft account easily.

-If you want to access these services on your mobile device, you can download the Office apps from the Google Play and Apple app stores.

-Similar to Google Suite apps, you need to have a strong and reliable Internet connection to avail the service normally. Without connectivity, you won't be able to work or access these apps and services.

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First Published Date: 04 Dec, 09:05 AM IST
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