How to Get Free Microsoft Office in Windows 10

Don’t be fooled, Microsoft Office doesn’t always come free when you buy a laptop, desktop or tablet. That’s why you need to know how to get free Microsoft Office in Windows 10.

There are three ways to get free Microsoft Office in Windows 10. The Microsoft Store, the app store inside Windows 10, has Microsoft Office Mobile apps that can replace its standard versions. Office Online is available to anyone that doesn’t mind working out of their PC’s web browser and is constantly connected to the internet. If neither one of those are great options for you, you can always download a free trial of Microsoft Office 2016 to get you through the next month of work.

Get free Microsoft Office in Windows 10

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Here’s how to get free Microsoft Office on your Windows 10 laptop, desktop or tablet.

How to Get Free Microsoft Office

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

Using Microsoft Office Mobile to Get Free Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Mobile provides an easy way to open and read the documents, spreadsheets and presentations that you and others create. And, unlike other versions of Microsoft Office, it doesn’t take up a lot of space on your Windows 10 PC.

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Whether you can truly get away with using the Office Mobile apps as a way to get free Microsoft Office depends on what you need to do with them. If you never create documents, spreadsheets or presentations on your PC, but need a way to read the things other people send you, these apps are great. They will let you open a file and read through it. Download them and avoid paying for a copy of Microsoft Office.

Editing and creating with Office Mobile apps requires an Office 365 subscription on most PCs though. Whether editing is free depends on how big your device’s screen is. It is free to create and edit documents with Office Mobile on devices with screens smaller than 10.1-inches. Users with devices that have screens larger than 10.1-inches need to purchase an Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Business subscription to edit in Office Mobile.

Where to Get Office Mobile for Windows 10

The links below will take you to the Microsoft Store to download each app. If you set up Windows 10 without a Microsoft Account, you will need to create one before you try to download these apps.

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

Read: How to Setup Office 365 Personal

Using Office Online to Get Free Microsoft Office

Office Online

Office Online is a website with online versions of the most important Office apps. Regardless of your device’s display size, you can use these apps for free. To try these apps, go to OfficeOnline.com and sign in with your Microsoft 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.

Don’t confuse the free Office Online apps with Office Online for Business. Microsoft charges for access to those apps. A subscription to that service unlocks Skype calling, SharePoint access and other business only services.

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, Microsoft and Dell install Office 2016 with the computers they sell. These versions aren’t completely free, but they do give you a month to use them before you’re asked to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office 2016 outright or subscribe to Office 365. There’s also a Get Office app installed on Windows 10 that will let you download a free trial if there isn’t one on your computer.

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That’s how to get free Microsoft Office in Windows 10. Being as it’s so popular, you’re going to need Microsoft Office at some point.

5 Best Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

LibreOffice’s Writer

LibreOffice’s Writer

 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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30 Comments

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    08/29/2015 at 12:37 am

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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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    01/27/2016 at 6:08 am

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    • Kal

      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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