Can I Download Outlook for Free?

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How to download Outlook for free

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Microsoft Outlook is a popular email client that handles all your email accounts, supports email rules, and is fairly easy to use. If you want to try Outlook for free, sign up for a free Outlook trial. You'll have 30 days to decide if you want to pay for a subscription to Outlook and Office 365.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook for Office 365 for Windows and to Outlook for Office 365 for Mac.

How to Get a Free Outlook Trial

You can download Outlook for free as part of a trial, meaning that the program can be used for a short time but it stops working unless you activate it. Microsoft makes a trial version of Outlook available at no cost so that you can try it out and decide if you want to buy a subscription to the software.

You must provide payment information even if you don't plan to buy at the end of the trial. Cancel the trial to avoid payment.

  1. Microsoft Outlook home page
  2. Select Try for free and then choose either For home or For business depending on how you'll use Outlook.

    For home button on Outlook page
  3. Select Try 1-Month Free.

    Try 1-Month Free button
  4. Sign in to your Microsoft account.

    If a message displays informing you that this offer is for new customers only, sign in with a different Microsoft account.

    Screenshot of MS login screen
  5. Select Next.

    Screenshot of Signup page
  6. Choose a payment method: Credit card or debit card, Bank account, or PayPal.

    Your information is stored so that if you choose to subscribe to Office 365 after the trial expires, your subscription starts automatically.

    Screenshot of payment method page
  7. Follow the on-screen steps to add your payment information.

    Screenshot of credit card entry page
  8. Select Subscribe to start the trial.

    Subscribe button on Office page
  9. Select Install to download Office 365, which includes Microsoft Outlook.

After the download is complete, install Outlook and the other Office 365 programs. Double-click the trial program. The installer prepares the files and sets up the Office apps on your computer.

Screenshot of an Office 365 trial installation

To cancel your Office 365 subscription, visit the Services and Subscription page on Microsoft's website before the expiration date of the trial and cancel the auto-payment. The trial subscription continues until the expiration date.

What About Other Free Outlook Downloads?

Outlook is not free. If you find a free Microsoft Outlook program, it may have been hacked or tweaked to fool the program into letting you use it longer than the trial period.

It's important to avoid all programs that appear to be free Microsoft software, whether it be Outlook or another program like Excel, Access, Word, or PowerPoint. The only legitimate way to get Outlook for free is to download the trial as described above.

If you downloaded or installed a supposed free version of Outlook, delete it or uninstall it immediately, then scan your computer for malware. It's extremely common for hacked software to include viruses.

Has Outlook Ever Been Truly Free?

From April to June 1998, Microsoft offered the full version of Outlook 98 as a free download. That version of Outlook was also distributed as an add-in CD with computer magazines.

Later versions of Outlook were regularly available as trial versions for 30 to 60 days, either as standalone programs or as part of the Office suite.

Free Outlook Alternatives

It's easy to get an Outlook trial, but if you decide not to use it, look for another email program that closely resembles Outlook. There are plenty of email clients available for free. A few popular Outlook alternatives include Mozilla Thunderbird and Mailbird.

Microsoft offers online email access for every Microsoft email account, called Outlook Mail. There's a calendar, an area to make task lists, and free online access to Excel, Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint.

Some other email clients that additional features include eM Client and Inky.