• Paul Fingleton

How to get Office 2016 Consumer Preview

Microsoft have announced a consumer preview version of the latest version of Office, expected to run until Office 2016 launches later this year after the Windows 10 launch.


The Consumer Preview can be downloaded for free and features fully-fledged versions of all the Office suite of applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, Visio and the newly rebranded Skype for Business - previously Lync) and can be used by anyone until the preview expires.

Note that these are the full applications that will work on all version of Windows 7 and later, and not the Universal Apps as part of the Windows 10 preview.

Be warned, however, this is only for those who enjoy trying out software that’s still being developed and know that you may need to reinstall your previous version of Office to troubleshoot or resolve problems.

Here's how to get the Office 2016 Preview for your computer, running Windows 7 or higher.

Office 365 subscribers - if you purchased a cheap Windows 8 tablet or Lumia 640 you will have this already.

  • Go to the Office My Account page.

  • Click Language and install options.

  • Click Additional install options.

  • Open the Version drop-down menu and select the 32-bit or 64-bit Office 2016 Preview.

This will install the Office 2016 Preview on your device. You will stay on the Office 2016 Preview track until you uninstall the Office 2016 Preview or until Office 2016 is released.

All other Office users

If you don't have an Office 365 subscription, you can download a trial version of Office 2016 Preview from the list of choices on the Microsoft page - the Product Key for the Preview is available on the download page.

Once the trial period expires, you will have the option to purchase an Office 365 subscription or reinstall your current version using your original product key.

Source: Microsoft

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