Softonic provides a free 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus, and Microsoft offers a free 60-day trial at its official website. OnTheHub offers a free download of Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus or Office 365 ProPlus for students at participating schools, as of 2015.
At the end of the free trials provided by Softonic and Microsoft, users decide whether to pay a fee and unlock the product permanently or not to pay and be locked out of the program. Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus offers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath and Lync.
While OnTheHub has many schools listed, not all them are eligible to receive Microsoft Office 2013 for free, and instead many of them are simply eligible for discounts. Some schools only allow members of certain programs to receive Microsoft Office 2013 for free or at a discount, and many schools listed by OnTheHub are not actually eligible for any discount.
Office 365 is a subscription service that gives access to Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as access to cloud-hosted versions of Office's server platforms. Applications are automatically updated to newer versions upon release. For example, Word 2010 updated to Word 2013 for subscribed customers.