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How to get a free trial of Office 365 with the Office 2016 desktop applications

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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
50+ yrs in computer industry. Everything from programming to sales. OS kernel dev on mainframes. CIO. Document imaging. EE MVE 2015 & 2016.
Office 365 is currently available in five editions. Three of them are for business use: Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business, and Office 365 Business Premium. Two of them are for home/personal use: Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal. However, only one of them offers a free trial — Office 365 Home. This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial explains how to go through the process of obtaining the free, one-month trial for Office 365 Home, which includes the desktop versions of Office 2016. For Windows, this includes Access 2016, Excel 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Publisher 2016, and Word 2016, as well as Microsoft OneDrive. In a subsequent EE video Micro Tutorial, I show how to install the downloaded desktop versions of those Office 2016 modules in a Windows 7 system.

Video Steps

1. Visit the website for Office 365 Home


Visit the site with the only Office 365 edition that currently offers a free trial:
https://products.office.com/en-us/compare-microsoft-office-products

Step1

2. Request free trial


Click the "Try for free" button.

Step2aClick the "Try 1-month free" button.

Step2b

3. Sign into your Microsoft account


Enter your email or phone for your Microsoft account, your password, and click the "Sign in" button.

Step3

4. Go through the payment process


Even though it is a free trial, you must provide a payment method and go through the payment process. So be prepared with a credit/debit card or a bank account or PayPal. If you are unwilling to provide a payment method, you cannot get the free trial.

Step4

5. Go through the install process


As part of the Office 365 Home subscription, you get licenses to install Office on five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones. Click the "Install" button.

Step5

6. Download the installer for the Office 2016 desktop apps


You may choose to download/install whatever versions you want. In the video, I selected the Office 2016 desktop apps for Windows by clicking the "Install" button.

Step6

7. Save the downloaded installer


Click the "Save File" button to save the downloaded installer (a Setup.exe file).

step7
That's it! If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up icon below. Thank you for watching — and I hope you join me for my next video Micro Tutorial that shows running the installer which we just downloaded. Have a great day!
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by:Yashwant Vishwakarma
Thank You for sharing Joe :)
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
You're welcome, Yashwant. I'm glad you like it! Regards, Joe
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