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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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By mmatis on 2/18/2013 9:07:16 AM , Rating: 2
will also do everything the 99% need. But then I guess somebody's gotta keep Steve Ballmer in chairs. Can't be cheap to replace those things after he tosses them around...

RE: OpenOffice...
By sh3rules on 2/18/2013 9:22:52 AM , Rating: 4
I use OO for work: Writer for documents and Impress for presentations. I never felt the need to switch to MS Office. Once you get the hang of it, Open Office will cover your basic document needs.

RE: OpenOffice...
By Netscorer on 2/18/2013 10:52:15 AM , Rating: 2
Basic - yes. In corporate world MS Word and MS PowerPoint are merely a convenience tools. With little bit of training they can be replaced by virtually anything. MS Excel though is a heavy duty application war hound used to it's full extent in countless financial solutions. There is nothing even remote approaching versatility and compatibility of Excel in any rival Office suite. In my organization alone we have 200+ MS Excel based applications, most of them written and used daily by business users themselves. Alternatives to these apps are often highly expensive enterprise tools that remove empowerment from the users and require large IT force to maintain.
But for home user who just wants to maintain a simple financial spreadsheet, most free tools will do. The problem often becomes unfamiliarity and learning curve that are hard to overcome.

RE: OpenOffice...
By bug77 on 2/18/2013 10:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
A mere DB front-end will kick Excel's butt any given day. But yes, Excel is quite good at its job and not many would be willing to learn something else. So that "mere DB front-end" would need to be pretty spiffy.

RE: OpenOffice...
By GotThumbs on 2/18/2013 11:33:35 AM , Rating: 2
DB front end? Excel?

Please tell me you don't use Excel as a DB table?

Does no one understand Excel is a spreadsheet program and not a place for storing addresses and the like?

Using Excel as a DB is like using a fork to cut a steak. Wrong tool for the task at hand.

RE: OpenOffice...
By bug77 on 2/18/2013 6:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well, yes. It's a series of tables and you work with its rows and columns. Everything else is just a front-end.

And no, I don't use Excel as a table. I don't use it at all.

I didn't say anyone should use Excel as a DB either. I said that a pretty front-end on any DB can accomplish whatever Excel does. You got it backwards. Incidentally, I have seen people using more than 65k rows in Excel without even realizing they would have been much better served by a DB.

RE: OpenOffice...
By Felthis on 2/19/2013 8:52:25 AM , Rating: 2
That's funny because I'm using Excel as a front end for SQLite DBs because I can't find a pretty front-end for SQLite DBs that can accomplish anything remotely to what Excel does.

RE: OpenOffice...
By euler007 on 2/18/2013 1:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
Please direct me to the database that incorporates the following functions :

And has Solver too. Thanks.

Difficulty factor: office home & business costs about 1.25 hour of our charge out rate. Your free solution cannot waste more than 75 minutes of my time.

RE: OpenOffice...
By Ramstark on 2/18/2013 6:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
Then your work is not as complicated as you think. For writing letters and making nice "spammail" presentations

If you use Excel for more than calculating costs or as a DB cheapo, then Office is for you.

I think the licencing plan of MS is getting everyone on the subscription licence, cuts costs and keeps the pirates "somehow" away...

RE: OpenOffice...
By Moishe on 2/19/2013 3:05:01 PM , Rating: 2
Basic needs. I used OoO for years and it went OK as long as I only cared about spreadsheets and documents. Even then, the GUIs were never as easy to use or understand (like the early versions of GIMP).

If you have any need for more than the basics, Office is where it's at.

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