Can you download Microsoft Office 2016 for free?
Yes. But there is a catch. Because the truth of the matter is free doesn’t always mean safe, official and legal. There are plenty of unofficial links that may come with malware. The same is true with the key generator.
Before Office 2016 was released, a preview version can be downloaded for free, which allows users to test and tinker with the application. Following its official release, however, the trial version may no longer work or will lose some of its functionalities. Well, that’s business. You can’t really expect Microsoft to just give away Office 2016 for free.
If you simply want to download the installer, no problem. There are plenty of links that you can use to download the executable file. Just make sure you get them from a secure and reliable source. But if you want to install and use Microsoft 2016, you’re going to need a product key that isn’t free.
Some people found a way to bypass the activation key using a third-party application. One click on an Activation button and the pre-installed Office 2016 will be activated without the need for numbers and letters to be typed in. But how reliable is it?
How to Download Microsoft Office 2016
- Make sure your computer meets the system requirements, whether you want to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version.
- Go to office.com/signin and sign up for an account or log in using your Microsoft account.
- Select Install Office. Depending on the browser you use, you may need to click Save File, Save, Run or Setup to initiate the file download.
- Once the download is complete, run the executable file.
- Enter the Office product key when prompted to complete the installation.
What makes the Microsoft Office 2016 suite different is that it comes with a more colorful platform. It is also designed for better collaboration and improved business intelligence. Outlook, for example, now shows recent files for quick attachment. This cuts the amount of time you may need to spend searching for that new monthly report you made.
It also comes with advantages and a few disadvantages.
For one, it is updated regularly with new features rolled out with the update. The only downside is that an upgrade may also remove features. The new additions may not be stable initially, which can cause some performance problems.
But with better collaboration and sharing options, Microsoft Office 2016 provides businesses a platform that a group of people and employees can use. If only all settings sync seamlessly between PCs. Unfortunately, computers may not see eye to eye where certain settings in Office 2016 are concerned.
When Outlook takes precedence over anything else, this version of Microsoft Office may just be what you need. Apart from improved functionalities, attaching recent files has been made more convenient than ever.
The Office Suite for Windows remains the bread and butter of Microsoft in terms of revenue. And versions of Android and iOS are now available.
Just remember to download only from trusted sources because malware can be anywhere. In fact, Trojan malware has made it to Microsoft Word, affecting users in Australia. Better safe than sorry.