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How to Get Free Microsoft Office in Windows 10

For years, people thought that OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel came included with Windows at no charge. That’s never been true. In recent years, Microsoft has made getting free Microsoft Office on Windows 10 possible.

Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system, has free Office Mobile apps that allow you to open documents others have created without issue. Office Online is available for anyone that doesn’t mind working out of a web browser. Together or separately, these two make getting free Microsoft Office on your Windows 10 PC possible.
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How to Get Free Microsoft Office

  • Using Office Mobile to Get Free Microsoft Office
  • Where to Get Microsoft Office Mobile
  • Using Office Online to Get Free Microsoft Office
  • Check Your Computer for a Microsoft Office Free Trial

Using Office Mobile to Get Free Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is wildly successful. Every day, millions of users all open it to get work done. They write documents in Microsoft Word and they create sales budgets in Microsoft Excel. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are just as widely used. Office Mobile provides an easy way to open and read the documents, spreadsheets and presentations that others create. The Windows Store has Word Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Excel Mobile and Outlook. These apps are free to download and they don’t take up much space.

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Editing and creating with Office Mobile apps requires an Office 365 subscription in some circumstances. Whether editing is free depends on how big your device’s screen is. Office Mobile apps are free to use and edit with on devices with screens smaller than 10.1-inches. Users with devices that have larger screen sizes than 10.1-inches need to purchase an Office 365 subscription for $6.99 a month to create and edit.

Where to Get Office Mobile for Windows 10

The links below will take you to the Windows Store to download each app. You’ll need a Microsoft Account to use the Windows Store and keep these apps updated.

Other parts of Office are available on Windows 10 already. Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar are the email and calendar apps that come on your PC with Windows 10. You can download them again from the Windows Store if you deleted them. Microsoft has stopped charging money for OneNote. The Windows Store and the desktop version of OneNote are available at OneNote.com free.

Read: How to Setup Office 365 Personal

Using Office Online to Get Free Microsoft Office

Office Online

Office Online exists to give users a free alternative to Microsoft Office 2016 and Office Mobile. It’s a website with online versions of the most important Office apps. Regardless of your device’s display size, you can use Office Online free here. Microsoft only requires that you create a Microsoft Account or login with your existing account.

Office Online tools include the apps that you’d expect: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Microsoft has added new tools recently, including story-telling app Sway and upgraded versions of Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar. These apps don’t have all the features of Office 2016, unfortunately. Anyone that misses a feature not available in Office Online can download the free trial of Office 365 that is available on the site.

Check Your Computer for a Free Microsoft Office Trial

Lastly, if you’re looking for free Microsoft Office, be sure to look for the free trial already installed on your PC.

HP, Lenovo and Dell have a habit of bundling test versions of the Office suite with the computers they sell to help users out that don’t purchase a copy. These free Microsoft Office trials are not permanent; at most they’ll last a month before expiring. However, that might be plenty of time for you to get whatever you are working on done before your deadline.

After the free Microsoft Office trial is up, you’ll be asked to purchase an Office 365 subscription or buy Microsoft Office outright, which is why this isn’t a permanent solution for anyone that needs Microsoft Office.

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Being as it’s so popular, you’re going to need Microsoft Office at some point. If you find yourself wishing you had more than the mobile apps, it’s a good idea to invest in Office 2016. If you only use the apps occasionally, sticking with Office Online or Office 365 is a better idea.

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 The high cost of Microsoft Office has inspired many open-source companies to create their own alternatives. LibreOffice is one of the most popular Office alternatives that there is. The suite includes replacements for most of what is included in Office 2016. This line-up includes LibreOffice Writer.

LibreOffice Writer does the same thing that Microsoft Word does. You can create documents, then use the tools it has available to quickly edit them and add some design flourishes with its built-in tools. It also includes an auto-complete function that’ll finish sentences. That’s in addition to the auto-correct functionality that every serious Microsoft Word Alternative must have.

The program saves in an ODF format, meaning what it creates can be opened in any program that supports open source documents.

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  2. Steve Frank

    12/07/2015 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you

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  3. Russ B

    12/12/2015 at 10:28 am

    There is one called open office and it is completely free of any charges.I have it and it works great.

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  4. Pamela Carle

    01/07/2016 at 7:54 am

    This is SO complicated! I have Windows10 on my PC, and just want Office 2016, so I’ll have MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Skype. Must be easy to install. Shy so hard to find?

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  5. Richard Helmuth

    01/12/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Good grief!! The worst thing I ever did is update to windows 10. I had Microsoft word on windows 7 and life was fine. Now all I have is “notepad” and can’t open anything!!! Did windows give the “free” upgrade to FORCE us to buy expensive apps??? Is that LEGAL?????

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    • Jessica Jones

      01/27/2016 at 7:43 am

      Really … who do you think you’re fooling?

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    • Bobby Edwards

      01/27/2016 at 10:13 am

      Richard,

      If you upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, then your software comes along, so Word would still be installed on your machine. So if in fact you did upgrade, then go look for Word, because it is still there, if you upgraded.

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      • Sarah G.

        02/28/2016 at 5:30 am

        Actually, come to think of it. I had Office 2007 installed on 7 and when I upgraded to 10, on the C drive of the partition I created (for dual-boot) I have all the programs I had on 7 but only Office 2013, which I need to pay for.
        I’ve got all kinds of problems with W10 anyway. My screen goes black and ctrl alt del doesn’t work so I have to constantly keep task mgr up and running. I get spontaneous freezes and the blue screen of death, despite there being no detectable hard drive problems. Also Edge doesn’t work and neither does the ‘Search Windows’ box next to my start button. I’m sure it’ll work great when I get round to wiping and starting over!

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      • Gary B

        03/26/2016 at 10:07 pm

        Not if you had Office 2010 Starter, which was a free, stripped down version of Office that came pre-installed on some computers. When you upgrade to Win10, it will tell you that Office Starter is not compatible, and was removed for you.

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    • Kelly F.

      02/18/2016 at 6:55 pm

      I agree, I had to download Windows 10 do be able to print a receipt…BIG mistake….my computer is as worse as ever, and what I needed most is gone like me Microsoft Office, what a piece of crap! I needed it for school, and with online exams coming up I just screwed myself big time.

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      08/22/2016 at 9:09 am

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  7. Bobby Edwards

    01/27/2016 at 10:31 am

    Travis,

    I think your price $129 for buying a full standalone copy of Office 2016 is way too low. If you want a full copy with open license for commercial use or what ever, you are looking at a minimum of $229 up to well over $400 if you want all the parts. Even the student home version costs $149, with limited license.

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    • Travis Pope

      01/27/2016 at 11:05 am

      Thanks for pointing this out. It was a mistype on my part. You’re exactly right. The new Office 2016 does cost $149.99 Student & Teacher does set you back $149.99 a year.

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  8. webandother

    02/03/2016 at 11:29 am

    Unfortunately you do not get the full version but only a read only one. You still need to buy an official version for the full list of features.

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  9. Darren

    03/01/2016 at 2:20 am

    win10 really is dumb for charging people this after a free upgrade, regrets for myself.

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  10. Brian

    03/10/2016 at 10:20 am

    I have entered the Ice Age of digital tech since my sons moved out and got married. I just bought an HP All-in-One with windows 10 and want to get the program Word so it appears I will have to get a subscription to Office. I do not even know how they convey the software,

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  11. susan

    03/17/2016 at 2:16 pm

    windows 10 upgrade is worst thing ever. Office wont work correctly doesnt support dvd or media..absolute rubbish . made my Pc crash lost loads and cost loads to retrieve something. Rubbish

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  12. Salahu

    03/27/2016 at 10:54 am

    Try LibreOffice..It is the best alternative of MSO.

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    04/14/2016 at 10:13 pm

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  14. Ivana

    04/26/2016 at 4:49 pm

    what did i just read. i just wanted download, simple download

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  15. Jordan

    04/27/2016 at 10:01 pm

    Just built a new desktop pc and installed windows 10 pro and is working just fine no problems. I am going to have to purchase office 2016 for it.

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  16. Gifford

    05/08/2016 at 8:16 am

    Thank you all for this feedback. We use Office 7 extensively and need assurance that the W-10 upgrade does not disturb it. Shame on Microsoft for advertising W-10 for free, but don’t try and use it with the most used software suite ever.

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  17. Terry geake

    06/01/2016 at 10:49 am

    Downloaded windows 10 for free from windows 7 four months ago and now finding I cannot use a computer as I was able to with windows 7, unable to use office its not there, although I have reinstalled printer I am not happy as its more difficult to use, keep well clear of 10 its very frustrating to attempt using it

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  18. michelle Turner

    07/02/2016 at 12:49 am

    I dowloaded a free update window 10, now my MS word does not work. Do I entile to have a free MS Word upgrate ?

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  19. tauruschic

    07/31/2016 at 8:35 am

    hi where do i get free microsoft office for windows 10

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  20. tauruschic

    07/31/2016 at 8:36 am

    i have a pc with windows 10 on it but no office

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  21. kelly

    04/26/2017 at 5:58 am

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