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rgdot

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Downloadable Office trial
« on: December 04, 2017, 01:36 PM »
Does a MS Office trial still exist? It certainly used to - and not just at Technet or MSDN - but Googling 'Office trial' seem to all now end up at Office 365 pages, at least the handful or two results that I clicked on. The official office.com site requires a key to install or reinstall. Can one not download Office trials for a self built computer anymore?

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 01:54 PM »
MS is moving/pushing consumers to their subscription model by default. You might want to search for Office 2016 explicitly (try this MS link) that should be usable without registration for 30 days. Didn't try it myself though.

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 02:31 PM »
That doesn't work

If you're not already signed in with the Microsoft account associated with your copy of Office do that now.

and after sign in (with my account just to see how it may work)

This is the right place to install and re-install Office 2016, Office 2013 and Office 365, or manage your Office 365 subscription, but you signed in with an account not associated with any Office products

A 'new customer' obviously doesn't have any of that.

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 06:31 AM »
@rgdot: There used to be a free trial download you could get for Office 2016, but I can't find the link.

I did find this post from Britec (below) and I can confirm that it worked a treat when I downloaded and installed the software on a friend's laptop a few weeks back:
Office Professional Plus 2016 For USD$30
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Office Professional Plus 2016 For $30: Looking for a legit copy of Microsoft Office? well, watch my video and I will so you how you can get a proper copy of Office 2016 and set it up and activate your copy of Office. No tricks, No gimmicks, just the real deal and all for $30 fully activated.
Office2016 Professional Plus CD Key Global is for one computer only, they do not support MAC operating systems.
  • Promo Code: SKvip12%
  • GET IT HERE!! :  <https://goo.gl/h7Hm92>
    (That shortened link takes you to SCDkey: <https://www.scdkey.com/office2016-professional-plus-cd-key-global_1530-20.html?b> but please use the shortened link in case it benefits Britec.)
  • Download and activate product key here: <https://setup.office.com/>
  • Office Professional Plus 2016 For $30 : <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHgBDZSgePk>

Important: These are legitimate keys to my knowledge, but I take noqresponsibility if you purchase these keys, you do so at your own risk. If you have trouble with your product key please don’t contact me, contact SCDKEY.

Copied from: Office Professional Plus 2016 For $30 - - <http://www.briteccomputers.co.uk/posts/office-professional-plus-2016-30-2/>
« Last Edit: December 05, 2017, 07:24 AM by IainB »

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 07:01 AM »
did find this (below) and I can confirm that it worked a treat when I downloaded and installed it on a friend's laptop a few weeks back:

    Office Professional Plus 2016 For $30
hmm, I'd be wary of that:
1) presumably an OEM key (which can be fine, but tied to your hardware)
2) I quote from the comments:
Lee B2 months ago [reply to Kyle K]
Britec09 That's not always the case. Fake/ripped off keys can activate easily and then become blocked later on. I've experienced this myself. They often use ripped off MSDN or OEM_DM keys and pass them off as retail. These get blocked if they're flagged as being abused by a huge number of installations.

I once bought what I thought was a legit retail version of Windows 8.1 Pro from a site. The packaging looked authentic at the time, because I didn't really know much about fake software then. Activated fine - then 8 months later my Windows showed a message saying I was no longer activated and the key was blocked from being used when I tried again. Checked in slmgr and the key did show as an OEM_DM key. Spoke to MS support and it turned out to be a manufacturer key (not a retail key), which they had been selling with the fake software to loads of people. They said it wasn't a key I would receive with an authentic Retail version of Windows as slmgr would show RETAIL in the output.

I looked into it a little more and noticed little things which gave the packaging and discs away to be a fake. Now I can spot fake packaging easily.

I'd be wary buying keys from these CDKey sites, especially at that price for Professional Plus. Not saying all sites are selling dodgy keys, but it can happen. And that price for Office Pro Plus seems a little too good to be true for me. :/ I only buy software from sites I know are legit now.
Just because it activates, doesn't necessarily mean that it can't/won't be blocked later.
Tom

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 08:40 AM »
Does a MS Office trial still exist? It certainly used to - and not just at Technet or MSDN - but Googling 'Office trial' seem to all now end up at Office 365 pages, at least the handful or two results that I clicked on. The official office.com site requires a key to install or reinstall. Can one not download Office trials for a self built computer anymore?

https://products.office.com/en-us/try

It's not offline, however.  You just have to have a Live account.  Even in my MSDN account, it's not a download of a completely offline version, but they are offline applications- just require an active subscription.

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 08:41 AM »
@tomos: I don't think the sky is falling down just yet.
If one follows through the instructions before committing any $$: (I've numbered them below)
  • Promo Code: SKvip12%
  • GET IT HERE!! :  <https://goo.gl/h7Hm92>
    (That shortened link takes you to SCDkey: <https://www.scdkey.com/office2016-professional-plus-cd-key-global_1530-20.html?b> but please use the shortened link in case it benefits Britec.)
  • Download and activate product key here: <https://setup.office.com/>
  • Office Professional Plus 2016 For $30 : <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHgBDZSgePk>

 - then one will be able to observe that at STEP 3 the product key is validated by Microsoft prior to Microsoft actually downloading the software from the Microsoft site at <https://setup.office.com/>/ That is, the software is only downloaded by Microsoft if the key is valid. The download of the Office 2016 installation package was uneventful and took a couple of hours on a slowish connection, by the way.
EDIT: The download was (from memory) an ISO file of about 2.9GB, which needed to be mounted as a CD-ROM in a virtual drive, and the installer run from that. (All dead easy on Win10.)

SCDkey Appears to be a legit and trusted vendor of discounted software and game keys, including, for example, for Steam, Xbox, MS Office. I could not find that this site had/has a bad rep as a fraudulent site - and presumably, neither could Britec, who does not anyway intentionally link to fraudulent/dodgy sites AFAIK.
EDIT: SCDkey operate an affiliate program: <https://www.scdkey.com/affiliate-program.html>

Thus the only risk might seem to be that the key one buys at STEP 2 might not be deemed valid by the time one gets through the validation by Microsoft at STEP 3.
In that case (i.e., if the key was invalid), then one would go back to either request a new (valid) key, or reclaim one's purchase cost of the licence from SCDkey (they also have an online chat window for support).
If they (say) refused to help or pay up, then one could reverse the transaction via the standard disputes procedures of PayPal/Visa etc. - and one's rights to avail oneself of those procedures last for about 180 days, as I recall.  If PayPal/Visa etc. received information/complaints that SCDkey was flogging dud/illegal keys and not refunding, then they would freeze and ban SCDkey's merchant accounts - which would presumably kill SCDkey's business.

There would thus seem to be little (if any) financial risk, together with a strong incentive for SCDkey to be as helpful as possible to customers - and they do seem to be. For example, I was very impressed with how secure and efficient their EFT-POS website was - so was my friend who was sat next to me as we proceeded through the steps above (it was her money that was being spent). Like I said - it worked a treat.
However, I'll let you know (via this thread) in what would seem to be the unlikely event of it suddenly turning to custard.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2017, 09:41 AM by IainB »

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 08:43 AM »
Thanks IainB, might try it if all else fails EDIT: Reading your last reply, thanks for the extra details
Thanks wraith808, yes want to see if I can install full 2016 offline trial but will see what happens

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 09:08 AM »
Thanks IainB, might try it if all else fails EDIT: Reading your last reply, thanks for the extra details
Thanks wraith808, yes want to see if I can install full 2016 offline trial but will see what happens

I might not have been as clear as I should have.  I'm not sure if they have a version that's not web enabled with 0365.

https://support.offi...4a-82ec-385f65391350

The only versions of office that I've seen that still use a key are the ones from MSDN.  And even with those, I have to tie into to my MSDN account (I have a personal O365 but use Visio and such from my MSDN).  I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for, and agree with Tomos... that buying keys seems sketchy at best.

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 09:28 AM »
Well there are ebay sellers with close to or even full 100% rating selling 'unused keys sourced from genuine authorised Microsoft re-sellers' (I googled and saw this earlier) but with or without this or what IainB posted I am mildly surprised they have taken down offline version trials, pushing 365 is their policy I suppose .... the main impetus of this thread is for a pc built for a non techie until she can decide to come up with full Office $$ or forget it and ask me to install Libre, Free, or other.

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Re: Downloadable Office trial
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 09:38 AM »
I just added some details to my detailed 2nd post above - about the downloaded ISO file size and the SCDkey affiliate program - <https://www.scdkey.com/affiliate-program.html>

@mouser:
If you found it to be a good/trusty vendor, DCF could (I presume) benefit from some revenue by becoming an affiliate. (Just a thought. It's apparently what Britec do.)
I would like to know how their business model works!

They are apparently located at: AMZGAME CO.,LIMITED (FLAT/RM B,4/F,KINGSWELL COMM TOWER 171-173 LOCKHART RD WANCHAI ,HK) - from the foot of their webpages - e.g., <https://www.scdkey.com/scdkey-about-us.html>
I wondered whether the insides of their offices really do look like in the pix.