It’s tough to escape Microsoft Office. Millions of us use one or more of the applications in this software suite every day — at work, at home, or both.
If you use Office — which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher — at home, chances are good that you pay for it. The price of Microsoft Office 365 begins at $69.99 a year for individuals and climbs if you want other options.
With a little ingenuity, however, you can cut those costs all the way to zero.
Following are three ways to get Microsoft Office for free.
1. Check out Office.com
Just be aware that when you use Office.com, you are not getting the full-powered versions of Office software that you get when you pay to use this software. According to PCMag.com:
“You’ll find basic editing and formatting commands but not much more. However, if all you need are the basics, this is an option worth trying.”
Also, you can only use this free version of Office when you have an internet connection. So, if you start a Word doc at Office.com, you won’t be able to access it later if you do not have an internet connection.
2. Download Microsoft apps
However, editing features are somewhat limited when using these applications. That includes no editing at all if you are working on a device with a screen size larger than 10.1 inches. For full access on such a device, you will need an Office 365 subscription.
3. Enroll in Office 365 Education
Students and educators can access the suite of Microsoft software for free by using Office 365 Education.
You get access to the full range of Microsoft Office services. To qualify, you simply need a valid school email address.
Make money playing on your computer
Getting Office for free can save you money when using your computer. But how about going a step further and actually making money with your laptop or desktop?
As we have reported, InboxDollars offers a way to put some extra cash into your pocket:
“Founded in 2000, InboxDollars pays millions of members cash — not just points, like many rewards sites. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, but you do earn cash for reading emails, taking surveys, playing games and signing up for offers through the InboxDollars website.”
For more on InboxDollars, check out “How to Make Extra Cash Playing on Your Computer.”
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