Free MS Microsoft Office with desktop icons (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
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Free MS Microsoft Office with desktop icons (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

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Found 29th Oct 2014
Do you want Word, Excel and Powerpoint on your PC/Mac/Linux for free?

Using Chome, download chrome.google.com/web…her to get the Chrome App Launcher (you need this to get the icons on your desktop).

Once you have the Chrome App Launcher, install each of the following:

Word:
chrome.google.com/web…ajg

Excel:
chrome.google.com/web…gnb

Powerpoint:
chrome.google.com/web…nhp

Onenote:
chrome.google.com/web…kmo

Outlook: chrome.google.com/web…oge

Once the apps have been added to your Chrome App Launcher, open the launcher, right click on one of the icons and select Create Shortcuts. From here, choose Desktop, Start Menu and Taskbar. Repeat for each app (Word, Excel etc.)

**UPDATE**
For those using Internet Explorer (9 or above) and not Chrome, go to office.com and click on Word, Excel or Powerpoint. When the next page loads, click the icon to the left of the web address bar and then drag it to the Windows 7 or 8 taskbar. This creates a Pinned Site.

windows.microsoft.com/en-…tes

**UPDATE 2**
Office is now free for ipad, iphone and android...

theverge.com/201…oid

93 Comments

thank you sir

I don't understand, why is it free? Is this an error on Microsofts part?

cool- would have thought they'd make it a internet explorer exclusive or something

feisar

I don't understand, why is it free? Is this an error on Microsofts part?



Its the cloud version which is available for free and requires an internet connection i believe. Still a great package to have

Can get this without having to bend over for Google. + There are now many free on-line or desktop admin services.

iCloud works best for me as I can just flick from screen to screen on any device and continue where I left off.

no good may end up sharing some sensitive personal data

AStonedRaichu

Its the cloud version which is available for free and requires an … Its the cloud version which is available for free and requires an internet connection i believe. Still a great package to have



That's right. It's a cloud version and requires Internet access to work on but you can save copy of the documents on PC for future use or to use on other devices.

feisar

I don't understand, why is it free? Is this an error on Microsofts part?



Who cares ..... lol.

Gemsa

cool- would have thought they'd make it a internet explorer exclusive or … cool- would have thought they'd make it a internet explorer exclusive or something



What for ..... lol. :-)

MANY THANKS

hard_Rock

no good may end up sharing some sensitive personal data


Get a grip.

loiterer

Can get this without having to bend over for Google. + There are now many … Can get this without having to bend over for Google. + There are now many free on-line or desktop admin services.iCloud works best for me as I can just flick from screen to screen on any device and continue where I left off.



Correction: On any iDevice, by bending over for Apple.
Edited by: "problaze" 29th Oct 2014

Ed2091

In Internet explorer you can go to http://www.office.com and click on … In Internet explorer you can go to http://www.office.com and click on Word, Excel or Powerpoint. Then when the next page loads, drag the icon to the left of the IE address bar onto your Windows toolbar (in Windows 7 or 8 ) . Ta Da! Free Office on your desktop.I prefer Chrome method, but Internet Explorer method is fine too.


IE seems quite simple - drag (none of this finding links)

It's a shame though, MS introduced jumplists to IE and haven't bothered to use them for their own online presence. For example, right clicking on the pinned site should bring up options such as 'new site' 'recent docs' 'templates' etc.

See ie.microsoft.com/tes…htm for how it works for amazon.

problaze

Correction: On any iDevice, by bending over for Apple.



It also works on PC's for those who still struggle on with Windows.

thanks you so much. needed all three (word, excel, powerpoint) you just saved me some money.

loiterer

Can get this without having to bend over for Google. + There are now many … Can get this without having to bend over for Google. + There are now many free on-line or desktop admin services.iCloud works best for me as I can just flick from screen to screen on any device and continue where I left off.



Jennifer Lawrence likes iCloud. Subsequently, we all like iCloud now....

Would this work for android tablet?

Gemsa

cool- would have thought they'd make it a internet explorer exclusive or … cool- would have thought they'd make it a internet explorer exclusive or something



After the huge fines the EU gave Microsoft for having the audacity to include Windows Media Player with Windows XP (apparently including a free media player with an operating system "abuses their dominate position"...), I don't think that was a realistic option!

If you want the applications to open in seperate windows like normal Office would, right click on the Chrome icon for each and select "open as window".

http://i.imgur.com/NS9Uha4.png

This will keep each session seperate from the main Chrome browser you may have open.

http://i.imgur.com/Wqlt9Fo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2NTM3c6.png

Saves you from inadvertently closing everything tabbed if you accidentally close your Chrome browser.

Edited by: "Chaz_UK" 30th Oct 2014

Thank you...useful and good to know that Office exists as a Chrome extension too.

I have a windows 8 computer. Can you place the icons for word, powerpoint etc on the desktop for easier use, or do you have to keep going back to the chrome apps page?

Original Poster

jhetjp

I have a windows 8 computer. Can you place the icons for word, powerpoint … I have a windows 8 computer. Can you place the icons for word, powerpoint etc on the desktop for easier use, or do you have to keep going back to the chrome apps page?



Open the Chrome App Launcher, right click on the app and select Create Shortcuts. From here select Desktop and Start Menu.

Alternatively, open Internet Explorer (9 or above) and go to office.com. Click on Word, Excel or Powerpoint from there. When the next page loads, click the icon to the left of the web address and then drag it to the Windows 7/8 taskbar.

Original Poster

questiontime102

Would this work for android tablet?



No, this is for Windows or Mac only currently. Google have not enabled these Chrome Apps to run on Android (Yet!)

Does this support linux???

Original Poster

bimmermad

Does this support linux???



google.com/chr…tml says that Linux coming soon...

However, omgchrome.com/ena…ux/ says that it is possible. Can anyone try and confirm?

thanks

bimmermad

Does this support linux???

bimmermad

Does this support linux???

Ed2091

[quote=bimmermad] Does this support linux???


Ed2091

https://www.google.com/chrome/webstore/apps-launcher.html says that Linux … https://www.google.com/chrome/webstore/apps-launcher.html says that Linux coming soon...However, http://www.omgchrome.com/enable-chrome-app-launcher-linux/ says that it is possible. Can anyone try and confirm?[/https://www.google.com/chrome/webstore/apps-launcher.html says that Linux coming soon...However, http://www.omgchrome.com/enable-chrome-app-launcher-linux/ says that it is possible. Can anyone try and confirm?



Checked works fine with ubuntu 14.04

hard_Rock

no good may end up sharing some sensitive personal data



Only if you're a ****.

Brilliant thanks! saved me a fortune as was going to buy office.

Nice! Thanks a ton fellows!

Is there anyway to do this on mac?

....downloaded the launchers but can't seem to send them anywhere as shortcuts or open as a window..

Original Poster

Ganjerson

Is there anyway to do this on mac?....downloaded the launchers but can't … Is there anyway to do this on mac?....downloaded the launchers but can't seem to send them anywhere as shortcuts or open as a window..



chrome.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

Should work on a mac, don't know about the taskbar/desktop bit though. In Chrome, go to "chrome://flags" address and click "Enable" under "Enable App Launcher OSX app bundle". Once it's in the dock, you should be able to set each app to open as a regular tab, as a pinned tab, as a maximized window, and more...

Do you have to copy documents to one drive to use this? Is there a way around this? Thanks.

Original Poster

reindeer

Do you have to copy documents to one drive to use this? Is there a way … Do you have to copy documents to one drive to use this? Is there a way around this? Thanks.



Install Onedrive onedrive.live.com/abo…ad/ Once installed, move your My Documents folder location to inside the OneDrive folder. Then all documents current and saved in the future on your PC, will auto backup into the cloud to use.

(To do this, open File Explorer and right-click one of your user data folders under This PC — the Documents folder, for example. Select Properties in the menu. Click the Location tab in the Properties window, click the Move button, and choose a new location for the folder inside your OneDrive account. You may need to create a new folder inside OneDrive for the folder).

howtogeek.com/183….1/

Windows 8.1 automatically has this feature I think.

Ed2091

Install Onedrive https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/ Once … Install Onedrive https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/ Once installed, move your My Documents folder location to inside the OneDrive folder. Then all documents current and saved in the future on your PC, will auto backup into the cloud to use.(To do this, open File Explorer and right-click one of your user data folders under This PC — the Documents folder, for example. Select Properties in the menu. Click the Location tab in the Properties window, click the Move button, and choose a new location for the folder inside your OneDrive account. You may need to create a new folder inside OneDrive for the folder).http://www.howtogeek.com/183667/how-to-use-onedrive-as-your-default-save-location-on-windows-8.1/Windows 8.1 automatically has this feature I think.



Thanks. Thought this may be the case. I use dropbox at the moment for all documents, perhaps there is a way of syncing between the two? Could I just add my dropbox folder to one drive or would that cause the internet to explode? Thanks for the help.

awesome thanks

I'm not a Chrome user but have been using the MS Office products for free by going to the Office website (office.com/) in any browser I am currently using and just logging in with my MS account.

Can someone explain to me how this Chrome product differs and ultimately if it is better than what I'm using?

Original Poster

reindeer

Thanks. Thought this may be the case. I use dropbox at the moment for all … Thanks. Thought this may be the case. I use dropbox at the moment for all documents, perhaps there is a way of syncing between the two? Could I just add my dropbox folder to one drive or would that cause the internet to explode? Thanks for the help.



Yes, should be able to move your dropbox folder to inside the OneDrive folder... dropbox.com/en/…/89 Be careful not to explode the internet though. That would be selfish.

Original Poster

stevesmiff

I'm not a Chrome user but have been using the MS Office products for free … I'm not a Chrome user but have been using the MS Office products for free by going to the Office website (https://office.com/) in any browser I am currently using and just logging in with my MS account.Can someone explain to me how this Chrome product differs and ultimately if it is better than what I'm using?



Not really much difference, however, Microsoft may at some point add offline support to these Chrome Apps (as Google have already done with their Docs/Sheets/Slides apps). Also people like to be able to access Office from one click from their desktop, without opening browser, going to the address, logging in etc...
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