When to buy a Microsoft Office account – and what to do with your free trial
Posted On May 20, 2021
Microsoft has announced it is making free access to its Office suite for a limited time available for all.
The free account will be available until 31 December.
The Office 365 Personal Account, available for an additional $100 a year, is available to all users.
The new Office 365 Business account offers access to all Office services including the Business Suite, Office 365 Enterprise, Office Online, Office Mobile and Microsoft Exchange Online.
Microsoft said it wanted to offer the free account to customers to make sure they were getting the latest updates and new features.
“The latest updates, Office Suite, the Office Mobile apps, and Office Online all come from Microsoft’s Office team and they are updated with the latest improvements,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
“This means you will be receiving the latest fixes, bug fixes and new Office features that we are committed to delivering to Office 365 users.”
The new Microsoft Office 365 Office Premium account will also be available to Office users for $100 per year until 31 January.
“Office 365 is a great option for anyone who is looking to get up and running quickly with the Office suite, and we want to make it easier for you to get started,” Microsoft added.
Microsoft’s new Office for Mac will be the only Office application that will be offered for free.
It comes after it announced it was changing its business licence terms, giving Office users an unlimited one-year licence.
The Office 365 business licence allows Office 365 customers to use Microsoft’s suite of productivity tools.
Microsoft said the Office 365 licence would be available from 12 February.
In April, Microsoft announced it would start offering Office 365 for free to customers who sign up for the Office Cloud.
The company said it was committed to providing all Office customers with the best customer experience possible.