If you are looking for a FREE (and legal) version of the latest version of MS Office, you just might be in luck :
Microsoft is offering the newest version of MS Office for FREE to students and staff of schools and universities that have licensed MS Office.
This program has run in the US since 2013 under the moniker “Student Advantage”, and is now available in the Netherlands also.
What you get is a FREE one year license to Microsoft’s online cloud service “Office 365”, in the “Pro Plus”-version, including FREE downloads of the latest versions of Office to be installed on maximum 5 Macs or PCs and on maximum 5 Android or iOS devices (like iPhones and iPads).
These latest versions are Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2013 for Windows, both including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Skype and OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud-drive formerly known as SkyDrive).
In the Netherlands, these FREE versions are available for two specific groups :
1- (parents of) students of the primary schools [“basisschoolleerlingen” in Dutch] https://www.surfspot.nl/officeleerling
2- students of (some) higher education [“Hogescholen en Universiteiten” in Dutch] https://www.surfspot.nl/officestudent
The procedure to get this (nearly) FREE software, is quite complex, but it’s well worth the hassle :
– first you need an account at Surfspot.nl (the website for educational discounts)
– then, you need to ‘buy’ the FREE version of Office 365 Pro Plus
– with that, you’ll get a voucher (which might take several days due to popular demand)
– using that voucher, you can activate Office 365 at Microsoft, and you will get FREE download-links to the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Skype, OneDrive, etc.
– those apps you can install on maximum 5 Macs or PCs and 5 iOS or Android devices
…as mentioned : it’s a hassle, but it’s well worth it !