Credit: Stewart Sutton/Photodisc/Getty Images Trial Plan Options Microsoft offers two free trial plans for Office 365. Both include the full range of software included with a paid subscription: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on Windows 7 and above or Mac OS X 10.6 and above. The Windows version also includes Publisher and Access. The main difference between the two plans is the number of computers that can run the software. With Office 365 Home, five users can use Office across five computers plus five mobile devices, whereas Office 365 Personal works for only one person on one computer and one device.
Both plans provide one free month, but thereafter the Home plan costs $9.99 per month, while the Personal plan costs only $6.99 monthly. Start a Free Trial To start your trial, visit the trial Web page (link in References) and choose a plan. You'll need to log in with a Microsoft account -- the same account you use for Windows 8, Outlook.com, Xbox Live or Skype -- or create one for free. You also need to enter your credit card information for billing, in case you keep your subscription after the first month.
After registering, the site downloads an Office installer. Run this program from your downloads folder to set up Office. You don't need to pick and choose Office programs; Office 365 installations automatically include every available program.
After the Trial If you want to keep your Office 365 subscription, you don't need to make any changes -- just keep using Office, and Microsoft will charge your credit card. If you don't want to pay, cancel your subscription from the 'My Account' website before the free month runs out (link in Resources). As an alternative to Office 365, buy a retail copy of Office. Retail copies don't require a subscription fee, but unlike 365, you won't receive major updates, meaning that if you buy Office 2013, you're stuck with the 2013 edition until you buy a new copy. If you want to switch, cancel your subscription and uninstall Office 365 before installing the retail software to avoid having two conflicting copies on your computer. Business Trials Through the TechNet Evaluation Center, your company can try out Office before committing to a purchase.
This update provides new functionality and various improvements and fixes for Outlook for Mac for Office 365. THIS RELEASE CONTINUES TO BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE OFFICE 365 SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.
Microsoft offers trials of different time periods depending on the product. For example, Office Professional Plus 2013 suite has a 60-day trial, whereas Office 365 ProPlus has only a 30-day trial. Microsoft also provides trials of Project and Visio, which aren't included with standard Office licenses.To start, visit the TechNet Evaluation Center site (link in References), pick a product and register for a trial.
If your Mac doesn’t have a SuperDrive and you have another computer nearby (PC or Mac), you can use Remote Disc to share the other computer’s DVD drive and install Office for Mac over the network. This will work for both Office 2011 and Office 2008. You can learn more about how to use Remote Disc on the following link: If you’d prefer to download Office for Mac from the internet or you’ve lost your original disk, you can download Office for Mac 2011 by clicking the link below, clicking Get Started, and providing your Office 2011 product key: Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.
Once you download the 2.6GB file to your downloads folder, click on the Office Preview Package to get started. You will be guided through the necessary steps to install this software. Tip: I had to upgrade my OS X because you can't install Office for Mac with any version of OS X below 10.10. To see my tutorial on how to upgrade your OS X go I also had some internet interruptions on my initial download to my downloads folder and had a hard time opening the package because it did not download the full 2.6GB. Make sure that you fully downloaded the package.