Is Microsoft Office free to download?

  gazmix 12:49 07 Feb 2012


I am surprised to see that olde version of Microsoft Office available free to download!

Is this a legit version?

I thought people had to pay for it!?


  gazmix 12:50 07 Feb 2012
  Woolwell 13:02 07 Feb 2012

At the top of the page is this "Microsoft Office is an application to create and edit spreadsheets.Have Word,Excel and many other utilities. It is a TRIAL software and if you like his functions you can buy from Microsoft Corporation .Can create presentation pages ,image slide shows,work with". Note it is a TRIAL version. Trial versions are free but have a limited life after which you have to buy it. So in a short while it is not free. IMO the page is a bit of a con.

  Woolwell 13:08 07 Feb 2012

If you are going to do that you might as well try the latest version 2010 for free MS Office 2010

  robin_x 13:12 07 Feb 2012

Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is Free (Word, Excel, +Ads)

Or use OpenSource LibreOffice which is compatible.

  gazmix 16:23 07 Feb 2012

Ok, are the 2 links on robinofloxley's post also trial versions?

Also, if i download a trail version, do i have to then buy it after the trial has ended?, like contracted too or something?.


  Woolwell 16:27 07 Feb 2012

After the trial if you do not buy it then it ceases to work and has to be removed. It is a trial - use it - if you like it buy it otherwise uninstall.

LibreOffice is free open source office software. Neither links are trials. MS Office starter is a cut down version plus adverts.

  wiz-king 16:28 07 Feb 2012

No you dont have to buy it. BUT it gradually stops working - it will open files but not let you edit or save files - so not much use.

  ton 16:33 07 Feb 2012

Microsoft Office Starter 2010 as above is not trial.

It is free as it has a few adverts.

  sunnystaines 17:02 07 Feb 2012

i use Microsoft Office Starter 2010 which is free and unlimited use.

only 2 minor drawbacks one is slow to open, two some ads in right hand margin. with a saving of £90 for the student edition I can live with the drawbacks

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