Microsoft offers Office 365 for free to anyone aged 8 to 24 in South Africa. Thanks to a Microsoft initiative called Mahala. The free offer allows you to use the full version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and 5TB of Onedrive storage on your PC, MAC, mobile phone or tablet.
Microsoft says it has streamlined the sign-up process to remove blockers such as no college email address. And extended the benefits to include the installed version of Office instead of just limiting it to web access. More than approximately 20,000 South Africans are currently on the Microsoft Mahala platform. The main requirement for registration is to have a South African ID number to verify that you are eligible for the offer. You can find this identification number on a birth certificate or an identity book.
Here’s how to sign up and get Office 365 for free
- Scroll down to register and complete all fields.
- When choosing a password, make sure it is 8-16 characters long and contains letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you have done so and that a person over the age of 18 has completed or helped with the registration.
- For security reasons, check the reCAPTCHA “I am not a robot”.
- Click on “SIGN ME UP”
- You will receive your welcome email in your personal inbox, along with your Mahala.ms username and password.
Use this information to get your copy of Office and OneDrive.
- The email contains links to the mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. You can also download them directly from your phone’s app store.
- Windows and Mac users can log into http://portal.office.com and click “Install Office365 to get Desktop and Laptop versions of Office and OneDrive.”
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