- Using MS Office for free…for a while
- Get a free trial of Outlook
- What about other free Outlook downloads?
- Was Outlook Ever Really Free?
- Free Alternatives to Outlook
Using MS Office for free…for a while
Microsoft Outlook is a popular email client that handles all your email accounts, supports email rules and is quite easy to use. To try Outlook for free, sign up for a free trial of Outlook. You have 30 days to decide if you want to pay for an Outlook and Office 365 subscription.
The instructions in this article apply to Outlook for Office 365 for Windows and Outlook for Office 365 for Mac.
Get a free trial of Outlook
You can download Outlook for free as part of a trial period, which means that the program can be used for a short time, but it will stop working unless you activate it. Microsoft offers you a free trial of Outlook to try and decide if you want to purchase a subscription to the software.
You must provide billing information even if you do not plan to purchase at the end of the trial period. Cancel your trial to avoid being charged.
Visit the Outlook download page.
Select Try for free and then select For at home or For business depending on how you plan to use Outlook.
Select Try 1 month free †
Sign in to your Microsoft account.
If you see a message that this offer is for new customers only, sign in with a different Microsoft account.
Select Further †
Choose a payment method: Credit or debit card † bank account or paypal †
Your data is stored in such a way that if you choose to subscribe to Office 365 after the trial period has expired, your subscription will start automatically.
Follow the on-screen instructions to add your billing information.
Select Subscribe to start your trial.
Select to install to download Office 365 including Microsoft Outlook.
After the download is complete, install Outlook and other Office 365 programs. Double-click the trial program. The installer prepares the files and sets up the Office applications on your computer.
To cancel your Office 365 subscription, visit the Services and subscription page on the Microsoft website before your trial period ends and cancel automatic billing. The trial subscription is valid until the expiration date.
What about other free Outlook downloads?
Outlook is not free. if you find free Microsoft Outlook may have been hacked or tampered with to force the program to run beyond the trial period.
It is important to avoid all programs that appear to be free Microsoft programs, be it Outlook or another program such as Excel, Access, Word or PowerPoint. The only legal way to get Outlook for free is to download the trial version as described above.
If you have downloaded or installed the alleged free version of Outlook, uninstall or uninstall it immediately and then scan your computer for malware. Cracked software often contains viruses.
Was Outlook Ever Really Free?
From April to June 1998, Microsoft offered the full version of Outlook 98 as a free download. This version of Outlook was also distributed as an extra disc of computer magazines.
Later versions of Outlook were regularly available as trials for 30-60 days, either as standalone programs or as part of the Office suite.
Free Alternatives to Outlook
Getting a trial version of Outlook is easy, but if you decide not to use it, look for another email program that is very similar to Outlook. There are many free email clients available. Some popular Outlook alternatives are Mozilla Thunderbird and Mailbird.
Microsoft provides online email access for any Microsoft email account called Outlook Mail. There’s a calendar, a to-do list, and free online access to Excel, Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint.
Some other email clients whose additional features are eM Client and Inky.