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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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How is this not an amazing deal?
By crispbp04 on 2/18/2013 1:25:12 PM , Rating: 3
I see it priced at $9.99 a month for up to 5 PC/Macs. That's a cost of $2.00 per month per device. That seems extremely reasonable to me considering it includes 20 gigs of cloud storage, the bonus skype credits, and it's always up to date.

iphone users are paying a large subsidy for having an iphone that greatly exceeds this cost, but don't complain to their carriers for getting raped? 20 gigs on icloud is $40 a year, which is 40% of the cost of the yearly office cost. It's basically a no braier decision here if you use multiple devices.

When are people going to stop hammering msft for being "evil". It's just getting ridiculous. Let's not forget that no open source office solution is even in the same ballpark as MS Office.

By crispbp04 on 2/18/2013 1:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
I know that my comment wasn't regarding the retail version. The retail version is for newcomers to the office world. I highly doubt microsof is binding it to a single pc that can never be upgraded. It's never been a pratice of theirs and I don't see them going this route.

In regards my comment about office 365, I bet people will start talking about free alternatives, which are incredible for the price, obviously. But it's like anything, you expect to get what you pay for, and you're not obligated to anything. Microsoft offers a great office product and if you don't want it, you aren't forced to use it. So why hate? That's what i'm more curious about is why people spew hate for no seemingly valid reason. Let's hear a reason backed up by fact or personal experience. Please. I want to hear the story about how Steve Ballmer came into your house and forced you at gunpoint to fork over money to microsoft while you were left crying in the corner with a hurt behind after being metaphorically raped.

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