Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Office 2013 retail licensing change ties suite to specific PC

Dead PC means another Office 2013 buy

Past Versions of Office

Prior to Office 2013, which debuted last month, Microsoft's EULA for retail copies of Office plainly stated that customers could reassign a license when, for example, they replaced an aged PC with a newer model or the original machine gave out.
"You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days," stated the EULA for Office Home & Student 2010, the most popular consumer version of that edition. "If you reassign, that other device becomes the 'licensed device.' If you retire the licensed device due to hardware failure, you may reassign the license sooner."
That language showed in the EULAs of all retail versions of Office 2010, including Home & Business, which targets small businesses, and Professional, another business-oriented suite with even more applications.
Microsoft modified the EULA for the same editions of Office 2013, however, eliminating the suite's flexibility by striking the clause about reassigning the license. In several other places in the EULAs, those same EULAs also stated, "Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer."

Office 2013

Once a retail copy of Office 2013 is installed on a PC and activated -- the process of entering a "license key" to prove the software was legitimately obtained, It cannot be uninstalled and then re-installed on another machine owned by the customer.


Microsoft is Pushing Office 365

The by-subscription plans let customers pull a license from one machine and move it to another with a few clicks on a management portal. But you end up paying from now own to use it.
It’s subscription based not purchase once.

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