Microsoft has never been known for giving away freebies. However, with one failed strategy after another, such as Windows 8, free Microsoft products are starting to appear more and more. The latest comes in the form of a free app for Android and iOS. If you happen to love Microsoft Office, you’re now covered, at least via your smartphone or tablet.
Free Microsoft Office App
There’s no denying the licensing changes and switch to mainly online products didn’t sit quite well with many Office users. Maybe the release of Microsoft Office for iPad along with the announcement that both this app and the Android version will be available for free will. As of March 27, 2014, you can actually own Office for free, legally.
What’s the catch? For now, not much of one. You don’t even need an Office 365 subscription to use it. However, the Android version is designed for smartphones, not tablets, so you might have to deal with a smaller screen until a tablet version is released. However, for free, it’s not that much of a problem.
OneNote Free Too?
March has been a big month for Microsoft. They started the month of freebies by announcing two free versions of Microsoft OneNote. The note-taking software is now available for free for Windows and Mac. The move is designed to push OneNote to the forefront, leaving competitors such as Google Keep and Evernote behind.
Will it work? It’s actually a smart move on Microsoft’s part. With no ads, usage limits or platform restrictions, it’s already looking better than other comparable, for fee solutions. The best part – everything you do syncs to OneDrive (once called SkyDrive, if you’re not used to the new name yet). Access your notes from Windows, Mac, Windows phones and tablets, Android devices, iOS devices and of course, online.
Of course, there are some premium features you won’t find, such as Outlook integration. You’ll need to own Office 2013 or have an Office 365 subscription for these. However, for the average user, you should be fine with this rare freebie from Microsoft.
Even More Free Love
If you’ve read much about Office 365, you’ve likely already discovered a stripped down version of Office is completely free online. For basic document creation, editing and collaborating with other users, the free version gives you all the tools you need without shelling out a monthly fee.
All you need to do is create a free Office account via Microsoft and start using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. With 7GB of free storage, you’ll have plenty of room for whatever you create. Of course, if you want to use your documents offline, free Office alternatives such as OpenOffice.org are always an option to keep your wallet fat.