Windows and Mac users can get Microsoft Word by subscribing to Microsoft Office 365 and installing the software to their computers. They can also get the program through older versions of Microsoft Office, which use CDs for installation.
Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based service that charges users an annual fee to download the program from the cloud and use it on their computers. It includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Outlook and OneNote. The Microsoft Outlook 365 download includes all of these applications, and users cannot choose to download programs they do not wish to use.
Once they have paid for a subscription and created an account, users can sign into their accounts and access Microsoft Office on up to five different computers devices associated with their account. Supported devices include desktop and laptop computers and tablets running Windows 8. Mac users can download Office 2011 on their computers using their subscriptions.
Microsoft Office 365 does not support Windows XP, Windows Vista or earlier versions of Mac OS X. Users running these operating systems can get Microsoft Word through older versions of Office such as Office 2007 or 2003. Older versions of the program package install through CD-ROM discs.
To install Office from a disc, users can insert the CD into their CD-ROM drives. They should then see a prompt from Microsoft Setup Wizard asking them to install the program. If the prompt does not pop up, they can start Setup Wizard manually by clicking on "Start," then "Run" and then typing "setup.exe" into the text box. They can then follow the prompts to install Word and any other Office programs they want to use.