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How You Can Use Microsoft Word, Excel, And PowerPoint For Free
By NOR'ADILA HEPBURN
Microsoft Office, now known as Microsoft 365, has long been the king of productivity and workplace apps, with its suite consisting of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, among other programs. However, what many consumers may not know is that they can still use all of these programs without paying a single cent — bona fide free access, not some 30-day trial.
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Students and teachers can get all the programs included in Microsoft 365 for free simply by submitting their school e-mail address to Microsoft. Those who own, work, or volunteer for nonprofits also have the opportunity to bypass yearly subscription fees through “grants,” as Microsoft calls them, that are allocated to organizations registered as a 501(c)(3) in the U.S.
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Another way to access Microsoft 365 for free is to use the online version, and although it doesn’t have the full features like extra storage and only works as long as there’s an internet connection, the web app may be adequate for the average user. Consumers can also download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at no charge via a mobile app, but will have to deal with tiny print.
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