Microsoft has made an impressive arsenal of multi-platform Office apps available in recent years. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, macOS and Windows of course. On a number of devices, you can even use Microsoft Office for free! But not on all devices. We explain on which devices you can work legally with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint without paying. You can always use (a more limited version of) Microsoft Office online.
Microsoft Office Free On Smartphones & Tablets/Convertibles
The Office apps Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are largely free-to-use on all smartphones (with Android, iOS (iPhone) and Windows Mobile)
and tablets with Android, iOS (iPad) or Windows 10 that are 10.1 inches or smaller. However, you can’t use it on iPad Pro, large Android tablets, Surface and many other bigger Windows tablets.
Microsoft Office is also available for free on convertibles (laptop/tablet) that are 10.1 inches or smaller with Windows 10 or Android.
For the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps you need at least Android 4.4, iOS 8 and Windows 10.
On all mobile devices that are 10.1 inches or smaller, you can use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free regardless of whether they are running Windows, Android or iOS. This free use means that you can open, edit and save (almost) unlimited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Almost, because for some more specialized editing functions (and for example, keeping track of changes) you have to take out a paid Office 365 subscription. But most home users will not need this.
You must be logged in with your (free) Microsoft account (Hotmail or Outlook.com address, for example).
Pay For Word, Excel, And Powerpoint On Desktop PCs And Larger Laptops
You will have to pay for Microsoft Office on desktop PCs and larger laptops. Or you can take a look at excellent free alternatives such as LibreOffice, which are largely compatible with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. And you can use the Microsoft Office Online for free (see point 3).
Microsoft Office Online: Edit Documents For Free From Your Browser
You can use Microsoft Office Online for free on Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops. You can simply edit and view documents for free on your browser. You must then log in with your Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook mail address).
The free Microsoft Office Online is less extensive ( read the limitations here ) than the paid desktop application from Microsoft Office or the paid online Office 365, but light users will come a long way with the possibilities that the free Microsoft Office Online offers. Highly recommended if you need to quickly edit a Word document, Excel sheet or PowerPoint presentation and do not have a complete Microsoft Office at hand!
Activate Microsoft Office Using KMSpico Software
Another way to work with Microsoft Office for free on the desktop is to activate the software using third-party applications such as KMSpico.
Here is how to activate the Microsoft Office using KMSpico.
- Signup for Microsoft Office free trial
- Install Microsoft Office
- Download KMSpico by visiting this link KMSpico Download
- Extract the files to your computer
- Open the KMSAuto x64 as an administrator. To do that, right-click on the KMSAuto x64.exe and click on ‘run as administrator’
- Click on the blue text “Disable Defender” to disable the Windows Defender
- Click on ‘Activate Office’ to activate MS Office
- After a few seconds, you will see a success notification
Note: Using this method may not be legal and you should always buy legal software. If your country does not support PayPal you don’t have the means to make an online payment, you can move forward with this method.