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A couple weeks ago, I posted this blog to clarify the new Office 2013 licensing terms. Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.
While the license agreement accompanying Office 2013 software will be updated in a future release, this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms. The updated text is as follows:
Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software:
Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the "licensed computer." You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.
At Microsoft, we strive to make Office the very best product to help busy people and families get things done. A key ingredient in our formula for success is listening to our customers, and we're grateful for the feedback behind this change in Office licensing. Thank you.
--Jevon Fark, Office Team
Shall we make you eat your words? Remember your comment in the prior blog post?
"It is important to note that Office 2013 suites have consistent rights and restrictions regarding transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 PKC"
They obviously did not or rather I think you were comparing apples to oranges. I'll also point out that your statements here do not jive with the statement above concerning transfer to a new PC. You qualify the transfer right if your PC fails however the statement in italics HAS NO SUCH LIMITATION:
"This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one."
The right of First Sale is also now included, something I think was just waiting for a few lawyers to get ahold of.
Aren't you just being stupid? I mean, when he says in the blog text that users "can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one", he's just giving some examples of when people usually need to transfer the license. That's not the ToS, just a blog post. It's not so hard to understand...
No I think he is once again trying to qualify the license agreement vs just stating the facts. Why not just say you can transfer the license, why the need to add 'if your PC fails'?
Good News. Thank you so much.
This is a wise move albeit a little annoying for those that went out and purchased Office 365 subscriptions because the retail box policy seemed bad. Oh well. I guess its Office Home Premium for a year, and then I'll see if I want to go retail or not...
Die im Einzelhandel erhältlichen Office-Pakete Office Home and Student 2013 , Office Home and Business
What about OEM versions?
OEM never had transfer rights. OEM is tied to the machine for both OS and Office, always has been unless you add SA and SA is all but dead.
Thank you. Nice to see that Microsoft is doing the right thing for the ordinary consumer.
This is great news but I'm a little confused... as near as I can tell, there are no "Retail" licenses of Office 2013. All you can buy are key card codes or downloads. Does this update apply to those?
So what is about upgrade offer for 2010? Is it also transferable now? Because choosing page still points out the opposite.
better, but not good enough. on office 2010, i could have one copy and put it on my 3 computers. now, to get office 2013 on the same 3 computers, i need to pay 3 times as much. that's a ripoff.
Dmitry, we wanted to react quickly the feedback, so there are some places where the language hasn't caught up to our new license terms. This is one of them. If you purchased an Office 2010 license and want to get Office 2013 (or Office 365 Home Premium), you can still take advantage of that offer, and now the Office 2013 software is transferable to a different PC, per the blog.