Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing application on the planet. However, not everyone needs the full power of Microsoft Word for a fee and there are free alternatives available such as Google Docs.
The good news is that you can now use Microsoft Word for free. While you are more limited in scope, there is no longer a requirement to purchase a copy or sign up for Microsoft 365 to use Microsoft Word.
The easiest way to use Microsoft Word for free is from your browser. Whether you use Windows 10, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux, you can access a free version of Microsoft Word using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or any other major browser.
All you need is a Microsoft account and a data connection. Go to the official Office website in the browser of your choice, enter your login credentials and select "Microsoft Word". Office Online offers more than Microsoft Word as well Excel, Powerpoint and many more available for free.
Using Microsoft Word online is very similar to Google Docs, as you have automatic backups in the cloud of your work with OneDrive. You also have the ability to work with other people in real time. This is not the full version of Microsoft Word, but it looks the same and has all the basic functionality suites that most people will need access to.
More advanced features are available to users with a Microsoft 365 subscription, but if all you are looking for is basic Microsoft Word access on your smartphone or tablet, it will do the job very well. You can download it either from Apple App Store either from Google Play Store.
Using Microsoft Word on a smartphone or tablet may not be your first choice, but it is possible and it is also free. Previously, Microsoft had a standalone Word application for both iOS and Android, but now it has merged Word with Excel and Powerpoint on mobile into a single Microsoft Office application.
Again, to use it you only need to sign in with a Microsoft account for free access to basic features, as well as online work, OneDrive backup, and the ability to create PDF files from your documents.