chrishoffman at April 13th, 2014 06:40 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/186842/6-ways-to-use-microsoft-office-for-free/
Microsoft Office costs money, except when it doesn’t. From a hidden 60 day free trial that doesn’t require payment details to web apps and mobile apps, there are many ways to get Office for free.
zemega at April 13th, 2014 07:19 — #2
I'm surprise you don't mention Kingsoft Office. Its really light-weight and looks just the same as Microsoft Office.
exrelayman at April 13th, 2014 08:32 — #3
When you listed Abiword you went from office suites to a word processor. I used and liked it for a while, but ran into its inability to deal with a couple of document types sent to me by people using paid word processors. Also, by default it uses an extension that other word processors cannot read. I then used Libre for a while, but it wants to update rather frequently, takes an hour to do so, and no longer offers the option of installing only the word processor.
I have gone to KingsoftWriter. It is just the word processor portion of Kingsoft office, is only 25% of the size of Libre, and has so far been compatible with every type of document extension encountered except for those I made with Abiword.
andrewrobert7 at April 13th, 2014 09:07 — #4
Eh, the free version isn't as full-featured as the other office suites, and they were listing (close to) full featured suites.
vitamincm at April 13th, 2014 09:25 — #5
You left off Zoho Office. http://www.zoho.com/business-apps.htmlI think it's actually slightly better than Google docs and integrates with it any way. Plus they have a giant collection of free and paid tools for an individual or business. Amazing suite of tools.
scott_vt at April 13th, 2014 09:35 — #6
Guys, the topic is How to Use Microsoft Office for Free, not benefits of alternative solutions. Please stay on-topic, thanks.
andrewrobert7 at April 13th, 2014 10:21 — #7
They integrate with Google Drive, google and zoho are partners.
stupot65 at April 13th, 2014 10:21 — #8
Omg though, everyone's forgetting about OpenOffice
scott_vt at April 13th, 2014 10:47 — #9
ejmf at April 13th, 2014 11:46 — #10
Those Office programs that come with some Windows tablets are not tied to those tablets. You can legally move those copies of Office to your computers instead. So there's no need to connect your tablet to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
speakers_86 at April 13th, 2014 12:17 — #11
That's funny, I can do this in three words.
readandshare at April 13th, 2014 12:27 — #12
May I ask a semi-tangential question?
I just ordered an Asus Transformer Book T100 -- which as the article stated above, includes an Office 2013 (Home/Student edition). I don't use MS Office. Is there a way to extract the program along with the activation key and sell on EBay or similar? And is it legal?
readandshare at April 13th, 2014 12:31 — #13
I'm a bit confused. Does "moving" mean no more Office on the tablet? Or do you mean copying -- and legally using Office on both tablet and desktop?
al_knepper at April 13th, 2014 12:49 — #14
I too like Kingsoft. I'm very against these new large icon ribbon bars on programs now, one reason I stopped using MS Office. But Kingsoft writer looks alot like the plain simple word, and without the ribbon bar. Plus I found it has been able to read everything people throw at me. I had a few oops with LibreOffice however.
scott_vt at April 13th, 2014 13:46 — #15
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scott_vt at April 13th, 2014 13:57 — #17
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andrewrobert7 at April 13th, 2014 16:24 — #18
No one uses that anymore, and they mention it as the base of Libreoffice.
hallodeere at April 13th, 2014 16:59 — #19
I was setting up a T100 for a friend, and I found that Office (unlike on Windows RT) does not come activated on the tablet. Instead, the product key for Office Home and Student is on a card in the box. I have not tested it, but the product key should work on any Windows device.
bilalmahmood199 at April 13th, 2014 18:13 — #20
Or just use The Pirate Bay!
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