Want to try the latest version of Microsoft Office for free? The new version of Office is packed with new features for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. Office 2013 is optimized for Windows 8 and is all about using the cloud for document sharing and collaboration.
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Let’s face it: Microsoft Office is essential for being successful in today’s business world. Virtually every company uses Outlook for email and Excel for data analysis. You would think that such a widely used product would come at a reasonable price, but that is simply not the case. No need to worry — we’re here to help, and we have five ways you can download Microsoft Office absolutely free of charge.
1. Buy Microsoft Office from a Store, Install it, Return it
We love this method because you can use it to get ANY software free. The trick is to be careful when opening the box. If you can make it look like new after you’ve installed it and repackaged it, most stores will refund your money, no questions asked. Just keep your receipt and tell the cashier that your computer can’t handle the software. If the store won’t issue a refund, they WILL let you exchange it for a brand new copy. You can sell this copy on eBay/Craigslist and make all of your money back. If downloading torrents make you nervous, you can always use this method to get Microsoft Office free.
2. Get Microsoft Office from your Employer or School
Schools and businesses expect their students and employees to be equipped with the tools needed to be competitive in the business world. Contact your IT department or school to find out whether they offer this option.
3. Use the Free, On-line Only Version of Microsoft Office
This method allows you to “create, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files online–even if you don’t have Microsoft Office installed on your PC”. This is an decent option, but it isn’t full featured, and you are out of luck if you have to work offline. If this option works for you, head over to skydrive.com to get started.
4. Use a Free Microsoft Office Alternative
This is the worst option because all of the free alternatives have compatibility issues with Microsoft Office, and no one company offers a complete Office alternative. If this option sounds good to you, I would check out the following free software options:
Open Office (Windows and Mac OS)
Google Docs (Windows and Mac OS, online only)
Think Free (Windows)
Bean (Mac OS)
A WORD OF CAUTION
-Never pay for Open Office or other free software
-If you are adamant about buying the software, look on eBay or Craigslist so to avoid paying retail