Where Can I Find a Free Outlook Download?

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Microsoft Outlook Logo. Microsoft, Inc.

 Microsoft Office Outlook is not a free program. You can try Outlook free with an Office 366 trial account, however. This trial includes other Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The free download allows you to use Outlook for one month. After that, you can re-enable full functionality by either subscribing to Office 365 or purchasing a license for Outlook alone.

What about Third-Party Sites that Promise Free Outlook Downloads?

Outlook is not free. To run Outlook on one or more computers, you need a license or subscription, and Outlook needs, in practically all cases, to be activated with Microsoft. This is true for Outloik versions previous to the current as well (with the possible exception of Outlook 98; see below).

This is why you need to steer clear of any pages other than # that offer a free Outlook download.

Even if the program you download is Outlook or Office, you would need to activate it with Microsoft or, if activation is hacked, you will run into problems sooner or later, say with security updates, which are a must for a program that contains personal information—and not just yours.

Do scan any program you downloaded and your computer for malware and viruses.

That may not be enough, though.

How to Evaluate Your Free Outlook Download

To get the most out of your free trial version of Outlook and see whether it will be worth a license, make sure you know what it can do for you:

Was Outlook Ever Offered for Free by Microsoft?

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

Later versions of Outlook were regularly available as trial versions for 60 days, either as stand-alone programs or as part of the Office suite.

Are There Any Free Alternatives to Outlook?

If you are looking for a program that:

  • combines email with a calendar, task management, an address book and possibly more and
  • connects to Exchange server (possibly without the need for IMAP),

your options for free alternatives to Outlook are sadly limited. You can use

  • Evolution, either the current version under Linux or an outdated Windows version, or
  • rely on Outlook Web Access (OWA) perhaps, if your Exchange server offers it.
  • Under Apple macOS, the native Mail and Calendar apps include some Exchange support.

No Exchange Needed

If you can do without Exchange support, you have a couple choices more. Good free email programs that also offer a calendar include:

No Calendar Needed

For free Windows email programs that do not necessarily include calendars, see

Willing to Pay for Exchange Support

If you are looking for a paid alternative to Outlook that includes Exchange support, do examine