Microsoft Word is one of the most popular and powerful word processors in the world. It allows you to create, edit, and share documents with ease and professionalism. But if you are a Mac user, you might wonder how to get Word for free on your device. After all, buying the app outright can cost you $159.99 / Â149.99, which is not cheap.
Fortunately, there are some ways to use Word for free on Mac OS X, as well as some good alternatives that won't cost you a dime. In this article, we will show you how to access Word online, how to get a Microsoft 365 subscription, and what other options you have for word processing on your Mac.
How to Use Word Online for Free
One of the easiest ways to use Word for free on your Mac is to use the web version of the app. Microsoft offers free versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that you can access online at its Microsoft 365 hub[^1^]. You will need a Microsoft account to use them, but these are free and easy to create.
Once you sign in with your account, you can access the various apps and use them in your browser. You don't need to download or install anything on your Mac. You can create and edit documents using Word online, and save them to OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service. You can also share your documents with others and collaborate in real time.
The web version of Word does not have all the features and tools that the paid version has, but it still offers a decent word processor that can handle .docx file types. If you just need a basic word processor that works well with Microsoft formats, this is a handy way to get it for free.
How to Get a Microsoft 365 Subscription
If you need the full range of features and tools that Word has to offer, as well as the ability to work offline and save files to other folders or online storage services, then you will need to pay for it. There are two ways to do this: one-off payment or subscription.
As we mentioned earlier, buying Word outright will cost you $159.99 / Â149.99[^2^], which is quite expensive. However, this means that you don't have to pay anything else afterwards. You will own the app and be able to use it as long as it is compatible with your Mac OS X version.
A better option in our opinion is to get a Microsoft 365 subscription[^3^]. With this, you not only get Word, but also Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and 1TB of OneDrive storage. You also get access to premium templates, advanced security features, and regular updates. You can choose between different plans depending on your needs and budget.
The most affordable plan is Microsoft 365 Personal, which costs $6.99 / Â5.99 per month or $69.99 / Â59.99 per year[^3^]. This gives you access to all the apps and services mentioned above for one person. You can use them on your Mac as well as on other devices such as iPhone or iPad.
If you want to share your subscription with up to five other people in your household, you can opt for Microsoft 365 Family, which costs $9.99 / Â7.99 per month or $99.99 / Â79.99 per year[^3^]. This gives you the same benefits as Microsoft 365 Personal but for up to six people.
Both plans offer a free one-month trial so you can try them out before committing. You can cancel at any time if you change your mind.
Free Alternatives to Word
If you don't want to pay anything for a word processor on your Mac, there are some free alternatives that you can try out. These may not have all the features and compatibility that Word has, but they still offer decent functionality and performance.
One of the most popular alternatives is Google Docs, which is part of Google's suite of online apps. Like Word online, Google Docs allows you to create and edit documents in your browser and save them to aa16f39245