Upgrade to Office 2016 for Free Today with Your Office 365 Subscription

www.office.com/setup Blogs: Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows has landed and it brings many smart new features, including co-authoring with real-time collaboration, simplified sharing, a great feature search engine called Tell Me, and much more. The Mac version of Office 2016 has actually been around for a few months already. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can get it now for free and we show you how below.A Microsoft Office 2016 Preview: Smart & Subtle Changes A Microsoft Office 2016 Preview: Smart & Subtle ChangesOffice 2016 for Mac was just released and the Windows version will follow in the fall. We show you the new look and features of the world’s most popular productivity suite. Will you upgrade?READ MORE

Alternatively, you can buy it at the Microsoft store (different packages available and Microsoft has a guide for installing it) or your local retailer and if you’re unsure, we have a guide for what Office suite to get. Note that if you’re running Office 2010 on Windows 10, you can get a 50% discount on a one year subscription of Office 365 Home; simply use the Get Office app in Windows 10.

Get Office - www.office.com/setup

Before you overspend your budget, remember you can get Microsoft Word for free and you can choose from many free alternatives for the entire Microsoft suite.This Is How You Can Get Microsoft Word for Free This Is How You Can Get Microsoft Word for FreeDo you really want the entire Microsoft Office suite? If all you need is Word without the fancy features, Microsoft will give it to you for free. Here is how.READ MORE

Find Out Your Version of Office

Unsure whether you have an Office 365 subscription? You can look up your status. Open a file, any Office document, then navigate to File > Account and under you’ll see whether you have an Office 365 subscription.

Office 2016 Account - www.office.com/setup

Here is a complete list of ways to check your version of Office from Microsoft.

Your Upgrade Will Be Final

Before you explore the upgrade, note that Microsoft states that you can not downgrade from Office 2016 back to Office 2013 once you have upgraded. If you don’t want to upgrade, you might want to turn off Microsoft Update (we also urge you to turn off Recommended updates, so you don’t accidentally upgrade to Windows 10) and Office Updates (see instructions below).Stop the Windows 10 Download & Installation on Your Windows 7 or 8 Device Stop the Windows 10 Download & Installation on Your Windows 7 or 8 DeviceIf your Internet has been slower than usual or if you noticed less disk space, you can probably blame Microsoft. Windows Update may have downloaded the Windows 10 installation files behind your back. Stop it!READ MORE

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Automatic Upgrade to Office 2016 with Your Office 365 Subscription

Office 2016 is being rolled out right now. If you have subscribed to Office 365 and are currently running Office 2013 with automatic Windows and Microsoft software updates enabled, you will be offered the upgrade to Office 2016 eventually.Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising Security Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising SecurityWindows Update can be a nuisance. Here is how you can protect yourself from its annoyances without compromising security.READ MORE

However, it may take a few weeks until you see the upgrade notification, depending on which servicing branch your on. On the Office 365 Community you can find a rollout chart.

Office 2016 Rollout - www.office.com/setup

Manually Upgrade with Office 365

If you have an Office 365 subscription with automatic Windows updates disabled or if you don’t currently have Office 2013 installed, the manual way to upgrade starts at your, or rather My Account. You’ll have to log in with the Microsoft account you used to subscribe to Office 365. Here you should see the following note at the top of the page: Get the new – It’s one of the perks of having Office 365. Under Install, you’ll see which Office version and how many licenses are available to you.5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft AccountYou can’t use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns.READ MORE

Office 365 Upgrade Option - www.office.com/setup

To upgrade, select the red Install > button, confirm your settings or adapt Language and install options (double check Additional install options for the bit version), then click the Install button once more. Be sure to select Additional

Office 2016 Install Information - www.office.com/setup

Clicking Install will download the Office 2016 installer, which only takes a few seconds; it’s not the full download, yet. You’ll also see the window below pop up with step-by-step instructions.

Office 2016 Installation Steps - www.office.com/setup

If you run into an issue due to incompatible bit versions, go back and download the right installer. If everything’s good, just follow the instructions. Note that your old Office version will be replaced, meaning all open documents will be closed. Moreover, according to Microsoft, you will not be able to revert to Office 2013 once you have upgraded! Now the full version of Office is downloading and installing, which can take some time.

Office 2016 Installing - www.office.com/setup

If everything worked out, you’ll see the following screen. For me this took less than 5 minutes.

Office 2016 Successfully Installed - www.office.com/setup

If you run into any other issues with the installation, Microsoft has compiled a comprehensive Troubleshooting page for installing Office, a Help page for installing any Office edition, and a Help page dedicated to Office 2016.

How You Might Think It Works but It Doesn’t

You’d think you’d be able to trigger the upgrade from within Office. However, the internal upgrade option provided in Office only adds updates to that version, not upgrades to the next version.

As mentioned earlier, open a random Office file and go to File > Account and under Office Updates expand Update Options. Here you have four choices: Update Now, Disable Updates, View Updates, and About Updates.

Office Update Options - www.office.com/setup

The View Updates option actually takes you to a website with an overview of current Office updates and resuling sub-versions. Here you can compare your version, noted under Office Updates, and the most current version listed at the top right of the page. Note that this does not refer to the high level Office version (2013 vs. 2016), but only to the sub-versions that change with version-specific updates. Interestingly, my Office version (Office 2016 Preview) appears to be more recent than what’s listed on the website.

Update Office 2013 - www.office.com/setup

Ready to Upgrade?

Unlike Windows 10, you don’t risk much with upgrading to Office 2016. It will be downward compatible with Office 2013 and previous office versions. However, since you won’t be able to downgrade, it might be worth waiting for a little until its stability is confirmed. Otherwise you might find yourself discussing Office 2016 problems and solutions.

Meanwhile, familiarize yourself with some Office keyboard shortcuts and things you never thought could be done in Office. It’s such a powerful tool, if you depend on an Office suite for your job, it’s worth investing in Microsoft Office and learning its in and outs. Otherwise, the new LibreOffice is a pretty strong contender for the price of free.How to Find Every Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcut You Could Ever Need How to Find Every Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcut You Could Ever NeedFinding a complete list of keyboard shortcuts can be a chore. Let Word automatically generate a list of all of its shortcuts! You’ll find keyboard shortcuts for other Office applications, too.READ MORE

What makes you upgrade to Office 2016 or hold off? Are there any features you’re excited about? Please share your experience with us in the comments!
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