Skip to main content

Loophole lets you get Office 365 for cheap

Is Office 365 becoming more popular?
Is Office 365 becoming more popular?
Audio player loading…

Microsoft's Office 365 Personal application suite can apparently be converted to an Office 365 Home package for as little as £7.99 (or $9.99) using a simple trick.

Users only have to upgrade their Personal account and pay for one month of Home subscription then cancel it. Doing so apparently doesn't revert the subscription back to the initial original account.

The personal version of Office 365 is usually bundled for free with cheap tablets like the Linx 7 or the Pipo W2. The only difference is that you get five licenses rather than one, i.e. you can use Office on up to 15 devices (five PCs, five tablets and five phones) rather than just three.

Hour of power

In addition, each account gets 1TB storage (soon to change to unlimited) and 60 minutes of Skype per month. What makes it a more enticing loophole is that you can stack Personal subscriptions and convert them in one swoop to the Home account.

The hack was still working at the time of writing and you can find more details on Paul Thurott's website and HUKD.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.