It's a common misconception that Windows comes complete with Microsoft Office for every user. However, there are ways of getting Office, including Word, on Windows 10 for free, plus iOS and Android. See also: How to use Excel

So you've got a new PC, laptop or tablet and want Microsoft Office, there are ways of getting it for free (restrictions apply) and we're going to show you how. Also, there are plenty of free alternative office suites which are compatible with Microsoft's version. 

Read: The best free software for Windows

Get Word for free on iOS, Android and Windows

Microsoft's current strategy for Office means that you can download its mobile apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free on a wide range of devices including Android and iOS. You can download these apps for iOS, Android and Windows 10 using the links below.

iOS apps

Android apps

Windows apps

Office Mobile Windows store

What you can and can't do with free Office apps

While these are free for any Windows 10 device, they don't simply allow you full access to all the functions.

If you're using a PC or laptop you'll only be able to read documents and will need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit. However, those of you running Windows 10 on a device with a 10.1in screen or smaller (so, many tablets) can use the apps fully including creating and editing.

Being able to view documents isn't much use so for anyone on a PC, laptop or tablet with a screen bigger than 10.1in then you'll want to use an alternative to Microsoft Office if you don't want to pay. An Office 365 Subscription will cost you from £5.99 per month.

Before we look at some alternatives, remember that you can use Office Online if you have a Microsoft account, and that isn't limited to only PCs or laptops running Windows 10. This is essentially Office but you just use it entirely in your web browser. You can also try Office 2016 for free.

Best Office alternatives

There are various alternatives to Microsoft Office out there that are completely free.

Our recommendation is LibreOffice which is a full suite that's regularly updated and allows you to open and save documents in Microsoft formats. You can download LibreOffice here.

How to get Microsoft Office for free

Should you happen to dislike Libre Office, you can also check out free alternatives such as WPS Office, Free Office and Google Docs which is now simply a part of Google Drive.

See also: Best free alternatives to Word.