In this article, we're bringing together all the direct links to download official, genuine copies of a range of different versions of Microsoft's Office business suite. However, before you proceed, bear the following points in mind.
- Once the trial versions expire, they will revert back to reduced functionality, essentially becoming file viewers. To get them to work again would require you to reinstall your Windows operating system – using a restore point or any similar image-based solution is unlikely to work.
- You will not need a product key to install the application but you will need one to activate the product.
- After you get a Microsoft ID, you will be able to activate the applications should you want to own the products outright with the product key card being the cheapest and usually fastest way of doing it.
- Some security applications might quarantine setup.exe forcing you to manually whitelist the appropriate files.
- We checked all the links at the time of writing to make sure that they are working.
- The downloaded file will be an IMG format. Use 7-Zip or a similar archive utility to extract the files and run the relevant executable file (usually setup.exe).
- All the files linked are genuine and legal, direct from the developer.
- If you have any suggestions or if any of these are not working, do let us know.
So, with all that in mind, let's get on with detailing the downloads…
This is the RTM/final version that can be used for 60 days without any limitations (i.e. it is a trial version). The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Infopath, Visio viewer, Publisher and Lync. Office 2013 Professional is what you get when you subscribe to Office 365 although the latter comes with a few more perks. Read our review of Office 2013.
If Office 365 is what you're after, be aware that there is no offline installer for it. As is the case with Skype, you will get a tiny package that will then download the actual application. The trial period is only 30 days rather than the 60 days you get with Office 2013. Note that a valid Microsoft account is a prerequisite for downloading the initial application. Check Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal or Office 365 ProPlus.
If you want to try the new versions of Office, check out Office Preview (or Office Touch or Office Universal Apps) and Office 2016 which are due to be released later this year. The former will be launched with Windows 10 (via the Store) while the latter is likely to be launched shortly afterwards, replacing Office 2013.
- Read our review of Office 365
Office 2010 and Office 2007
Microsoft quietly took down all its download servers that used to house hundreds of ISO files, many of them on Digitalriver. This means that you won't be able to download offline installers legally for Office 2010 and Office 2007.
As such, there are no legal ways of providing a direct download route to Office 2007 – the only way you can get a download copy is by using the linked Office 2007 download URL for free and entering your product key which will then pull the qualifying Office 2007 product.
The same applies for Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus with a 60-day trial available upon registration; you will also be provided with a product key. Alternatively, if you have been issued with a PIN post purchase (on a product key card), you can download it directly on the getmicrosoftkey website.
Office universal apps
These are apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, all of which have been optimised for touch and mobile devices which means that you won't need a mouse and a keyboard to use them.
However, you will need to have Windows 10 installed to run them and clicking on the links below will open Store, Microsoft's equivalent of Google Play, to download the required file. You won't be able to sideload them or download them as a discrete package. Your OS will determine the type of file to download (32-bit or 64-bit or ARM).
As for Microsoft Office 2016, unlike earlier versions, this can now be downloaded by pretty much everyone regardless of whether you have Office installed or not.
Just bear in mind that you won't be able to run it alongside any previously installed copy of Office, and that your Office icons will still show 2013 (or whatever year your suite was) post-installation if you use the click-to-run installer.
Microsoft has yet to release any standalone offline installer or the ISO image for Office 2016. You can install Office 2016 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
As with all recent Microsoft downloads, only an online installer is available to download, one which grabs the Office 2016 setup files on-demand.
- You might also want to read our hands-on preview of Office 2016