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How to Get and Use Microsoft Office on Surface Tablet

If your Surface does not come with Office app, there are 2 ways to buy Microsoft Office. You can either buy a full version that you pay for once and keep it installed on your Surface tablet or you can go with Office 365 Personal or Home, which gives you a subscription. This article explains how to get and use Microsoft Office on Surface tablet. Of course, you'll probably only need one or two of the ways but it's useful to know them all.

4 Options to Get and Use Office app on Surface Tablet

Option 1: Transfer the paid Office app to Surface.

If you have a paid Office 2013 or 2016 already, you can transfer Office from an old computer to a Surface tablet. You need uninstall or deactivate it on the old Windows PC first, then install it on the Surface and reactivate by use the same product key. If you have lost the product key, you can find it back using our Product Key Finder, see How to recover the lost Office 2016 Product Key to learn more.

Deactivate Microsoft Office app

Option 2: Subscribe Office 365.

If you don't have Office yet, you can start with a free trial of Office 365, a subscription that includes the Office apps, subscriber-only features, and online services like 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

Office 365 is a subscription service that always gives you access to download and use the latest version of Office. Right now that’s Office 2016, but as soon as a new version comes out, you’ll be able to upgrade as part of your subscription without paying an additional fee. The most basic Office 365 subscription allows you to install software on multiple devices – on up to 5 PCs, and download the mobile apps on up to 5 tablets. It costs 99.99$ per year. This is a good deal if you have even two people who need Microsoft Office.

If you don't need to use Office on multiple device, you can subscribe the standard Office Home & Student, which can be installed on only 1 PC. Microsoft charges $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month for Office 365 Personal. Microsoft also offers a one-month free trial of Office 365 Personal, so you can try it before paying anything.

Get free trial of Office 365

Option 3: Use Office Online apps.

If you have neither subscribed Office 356, nor make a one-time purchase of Office yet. You can still use Microsoft Office without paying for it. Try the free Office Online version, you can view, edit, and create Office files right in your browser without needing Office installed. Here's how:

Step 1: Go to the Office Online website.

Step 2: Click on the icon for the application you wish to use, such as Word or Excel.

Step 3: Then you'll be taken to a page where you can select a template to create your document.

Step 4: After creating and editing document, it automatically saves your documents to your OneDrive storage online, you can access them from any Windows computer. Click on the File menu, you can also save it with a different filename and download the file to your Surface, either as a Word document or a PDF.

Use Office Online apps

Option 4: Use Office Mobile apps

Office Mobile apps are pre-installed on most Windows 10 phones and tablets. If they are not preinstalled, you go to the Windows Store and download Mobile Excel, Mobile PowerPoint, or Mobile Word for free to your Surface. These versions aren’t full-featured but they will do just the basics. But if you are a power-user, you’ll need to go with one of the other three options.

Use Office Mobile apps