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Microsoft makes Office 2013 licensing much more restrictive

Microsoft has certainly made its share of strange moves over the years when it comes to software licensing. However, the company has again raised the ire of its customers with a change in retail licensing agreement for Office 2013. Microsoft confirmed this week that Office 2013 will be permanently tied to the first computer on which it is installed.

Not only does that mean you will be unable to uninstall the software on your computer and reinstall on a new computer, it also means if you computer crashes and is unrecoverable you'll be buying a new license for Windows 2013.
This move is a change from past licensing agreements with older versions of Office, and many believe that this move is a way for Microsoft to push consumers to its subscription Office plans.

"That's a substantial shift in Microsoft licensing," said Daryl Ullman, co-founder and managing director of the Emerset Consulting Group, which specializes in helping companies negotiate software licensing deals. "Let's be frank. This is not in the consumer's best interest. They're paying more than before, because they're not getting the same benefits as before."

Prior to Office 2013, Microsoft's end-user license agreement for retail copies of Office allowed the owner to reassign the license to a different device any number of times as long as that reassignment didn't happen more than once every 90 days. The Office 2013 EULA changes past verbiage stating, "Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer."

When Computer World asked Microsoft if customers can move Word and its license to replacement PC if the original PC was lost, stolen, or destroyed Microsoft only replied "no comment."

Source: Computer World

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RE: Great
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 9:03:50 AM , Rating: 2
This is only for the retail version. IT becomes like the old OEM version for one PC only. I wonder if the cost will be lower like the OEM versions. If not, then it does suck. Another thing, I dont think they can legally make you buy a new copy if your hard drive dies, I am sure a call to support would get them to activate a new key for you.

RE: Great
By eagle470 on 2/18/2013 9:26:28 AM , Rating: 3
If it's in the licensing agreement, they can do what ever they want. THEY WILL OWN YOUR FIRST BORN!

RE: Great
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 10:49:23 AM , Rating: 2
I have never bought Office in my life and certainly wont start now ;) Neither has my first born =)

I get it legit through work... and I get it at home no comment.

RE: Great
By Samus on 2/19/2013 1:28:22 AM , Rating: 2
But can it blend?

RE: Great
By bug77 on 2/18/2013 10:54:37 AM , Rating: 4

$140 for the home edition (I don't even know what OneNote is). Previously, that would have you set for 3-5 years. Easily. Now you're supposed to cough up $100 each year. Thanks, but no, thanks.

RE: Great
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 10:59:52 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, I really don't get it. In an age where mobile computing is taking a big chunk of the consumer market. Rather than making it cheap and easy, like its competition, MS is making it harder for consumers. Oh well, good luck with that MS.

RE: Great
By bug77 on 2/18/2013 11:27:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well, no, they are not making it any harder. They just give you a big push towards mobile, because that's where they can still exercise their chokehold (as showcased here by the price hike).

RE: Great
By CaedenV on 2/18/2013 11:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
OneNote is perhaps the best single piece of software that MS has ever come out with... but in true MS form they have no idea how to market it. It is an organizational tool that allows you to take snippits of video, web pages, office documents of all kinds, text, and hand written notes and put them in a sort of digital notebook. At home I use it to help with project planning for home upgrades (solar panels, PEX water piping, etc.), while at work I use it the way I use to use Access to track my interactions with business partners. It is like having all of the useful stuff of access in a more visually appealing package, but without learning how to program macros (granted, Access is WAY more powerful, but it is overkill for what I do)

Also, if you have win8 OneNote Metro is free anyways, so it is just one less reason to get office anyways (granted the free version is not quite as useful as the desktop version, but still quite handy).

RE: Great
By quiksilvr on 2/18/2013 12:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it $100 a year for five devices, so really isn't it $20 a year?

RE: Great
By Trisped on 2/18/2013 10:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
The $150 Home And Student version came with licenses for up to 3 computers.

Also, how many people need 5 versions of Office? In most cases you are only going to have a desktop, a laptop or two, and a bunch of tablets (which would suck to use Office on).

RE: Great
By pattycake0147 on 2/18/2013 10:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
If it was $20 a year then I would be able to choose a single seat license for $20 per year...

RE: Great
By Moishe on 2/19/2013 3:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think the article is being disingenuous. OEM Office is this way as well, and I have owned it for years. I have made substantial upgrades to my computer, every single piece, including the hard drive and the version of Windows and that Office install has never complained.

If this is like the normal OEM license for Windows and Office, then there is nothing to complain about, and this amounts to a fun session of "bash MS."

OEM Windows can only ever be installed on one PC for life. yet those of us who build our own PCs know that Windows never complains about installing on newly rebuilt PCs.

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