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Where and How to get FREE Microsoft Office

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Microsoft 365 Personal subscriptions in the Philippines will cost 3,499.00 Philippine pesos per year as of 2022. The standalone version of Office Home & Student 2021 costs PhP6,999.00, which means one-time purchase costs will burden you. The truth is that many Filipinos do not have enough Money to spend on Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. This is because they cannot afford to buy subscriptions or licenses at such high prices.

There are many free, open-source alternatives to Office, like the LibreOffice program, which will allow you to use Microsoft Office for free. However, if you are determined to use Microsoft Office, here are a few more legit options to get it.

If you are a teacher or a student, you can get Microsoft Office for free!

A school or university-issued email address comes with several benefits. With a subscription to YouTube or Spotify, you can get heavily discounted rates. The Microsoft Office productivity suite is free for students with school or university email addresses.

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The Teachers can also download Office with an official Department of Education email account (@deped.gov.ph).

For Students, enter your school email address here and click Get Started on the official Office 365 Education page. Check the I’m a student box. Provide your contact info to complete your account. Remember to enter your school’s email address to verify your account. After that, you will now be able to start the process.

Activate your new Office account by logging in. Click the Install Office button on the dashboard, then click Office 365 Apps. Download and run the setup file to begin the installation.

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The license for Office 365, which has been assigned to you, may vary depending on the license your university purchased from Microsoft. However, keep in mind that all licenses should include the desktop versions of Office apps: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote. Other included apps feature the storytelling application Sway and the collaborative tool Teams. For a list of the other free apps, you can use, please visit the subscriptions section of your account page.

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You can now download the Microsoft Office App for your mobile device. Microsoft 365 Personal subscriptions in the Philippines will cost 3,499.00 Philippine pesos per year as of 2022. The standalone version of Office Home & Student 2021 costs PhP6,999.00, which means one-time purchase costs will burden you. The truth is that many Filipinos do not have enough Money to spend on Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. This is because they cannot afford to buy subscriptions or licenses at such high prices.

On the contrary, doing heavy editing is a rather impractical task on a smartphone. With a relatively small screen, there’s only so much that you can do. Nonetheless, if you are using the mobile Office on a tablet such as an Android tablet or an iPad, you should significantly increase your productivity. Connecting a separate keyboard and mouse is the easiest way to boost your productivity further.

There should be no problem getting started with the mobile version of Microsoft Office, as you will have all the standard viewing and editing features available. Nevertheless, some of the advanced editing features in desktop Office apps may not be present in the mobile version.

Also, remember that the smartphone Office apps have a screen size limit of 10.1 inches on which you can edit. A subscription to Microsoft 365 is required for devices with larger screens.

Online or Web version of Microsoft Office
A free version of Microsoft Office is available online. To access it, you must create an account at office.com and sign in.

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A web-based version of Microsoft Office is available on the same website as Google’s online office suite. With this web-based Office, you can create, view, and edit documents stored in the OneDrive cloud storage service. With this web-hosted Office, you can share documents and collaborate with other users in real-time.

After registering for the free Office for the Web, you can proceed to work with documents directly from your browser after logging in to your account. This doesn’t require you to download or install anything. On the other hand, there is a disadvantage. Using Google Docs requires being online all the time. If the web-based Office apps cannot access the Internet, they will switch to a view-only mode. If you close any Office tabs, ensure you reconnect before closing them so that any saved changes won’t be lost.

Similarly, just as with the mobile apps, the web version of Office does not have all the features that users are accustomed to in the paid desktop version. As part of your free account, you are also entitled to a limited 5GB of OneDrive storage space. This is easily consumed if you regularly deal with documents with extensive multimedia content.

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