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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
I just received the Office 2013 yesterday and was going to go return it this weekend after reading the fineprint. I am confused and need a bit of clarification. I bought this for my business. I have a desktop at my office and I also have a laptop that I use out in the field for my clients. Some of my clients cannot amke it to my office and I have accomidated them by bringing myself to them. In reading the fineprint, it sounds like I will have to purchase another program just so I can use it on my laptop. I see the transferrable statement released but I need more clarification on this. Can I install this program on my desktop and my laptop so I can utilize the program. Will I have to puirchase a second program to install on my laptop. I am not willing to invest that amount of money just for my laptop. That would be ridiculous!
who cares? MS Office is irrelevant to 90% of users. We can just use Google Docs to do 90% of what we need. MS Office is only needed for enterprise. Microsoft has lost touch with reality.
Gratitude, yes, Office 2013 is for a single device. For multiple devices, Office 365 Home Premium works across 5 different devices and includes the most complete and up to date apps (it's like Office 2013 Professional but always up to date). For you, that would be the best option. Or, if you're using it for a small business, Office 365 Small Business Premium includes business e-mail and collaboration software.
Lachlan, this is different from HUP, but with HUP, you can transfer to another device.
Robert, we definitely hear this feedback. Thanks for sharing it.
The change is utterly inadequate to address the real problem. A consumer buys a copy of a software application to use on the consumer's hardware - whatever it may be and wherever it may be located. Since the consumer can actually work on only one computer at a time, the consumer should be able to load the software on as many devices as the consumer owns, so long as only the software is actually used on only one device at any point in time.
The statement that, "At Microsoft, we strive to make Office the very best product to help busy people and families get things done" is laughable. Both the old and the new licensing agreements demonstrate that.
If I own a desktop workstation, a notebook, and an ultrabook/tablet, I should be able to purchase one copy of the software, install it on all three devices, and have all three installations be "approved" for tech support and software upgrade purposes without risking having my software disabled by the Redmond Enforcers.
The Corel license for WordPerfect Office, while not perfect [no pun intended], goes a long way toward meeting that goal:
PRIVATE AND BUSINESS USERS OF [SPECIFIED APPLICATIONS] THAT HAVE MULTIPLE COMPUTING DEVICES (E.G., STAND-ALONE COMPUTER, LAPTOP AND MINI/PORTABLE PC), MAY DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ANY OF THESE SOFTWARE PRODUCTS ON UP TO THREE (3) SYSTEMS IN A SINGLE ADDRESS, HOWEVER IT CAN ONLY BE USED BY YOU ON ONE (1) SYSTEM AT A TIME.
For lawyers and other professionals who are required by rules of professional ethics to safeguard client/patient confidences at all peril to themselves, Office 365 (your SAAS solution) is not an answer. We need total control over our data, which means having it reside on our hardware in our facilities -- not on Microsoft's servers in the cloud. That precludes us from the 5-platform solution offered by Office 365 and means a user like me would have to buy three copies of the application package to comply with the licensing requirements. That is simply unacceptable.
Because of the demands of enterprise clients and colleagues, I am obliged to generate files using Office applications. Until MS comes to its senses and adopts pricing and licensing terms that are competitive with those offered by Corel and others, I either will use legacy versions of the MS software or will create the files in the equivalent WordPerfect Office application and save them in the requisite MS Office format.
My problem with this "adjustment" lies in a core question... why did you try and release Office 2013 without the ability to transfer computers in the first place? I can't imagine it was an oversight, because that would look very bad for Microsoft. So, that means you did it intentionally from my perspective as a consumer... and that is just bad business... period.
Has Microsoft gotten so big it is forgetting the lifeblood of its business? Profits come a lot easier when you respond to your market, not dictate to it.
I was wondering if there is any word on possible upcoming "themes," synchronizing with the Win7 or Win8 desktop color settings, or the ability to change the colors of the actual backgrounds / title bars / drop-down menu text / etc for Office 2013. The three provided options of White/ Lt. Grey/ Dk. Grey make Office 2013 nearly unreadable for both of my sextgenarian bosses. Similar complaints are piling up on the MS forum and the MSDN forum, so I thought I'd ask someone on the Office Team instead of the regular forum assistants. Upcoming changes, or even a back-end workaround woudl be spectacular. I've no fear of hacking registry entries of that's what it takes.
If you can get us any info, you'd be made of awesome, Jevon.
Joseph, fair question. It sounds like we are between a rock and hard place - oversight looks bad and intentional is bad business. Here's what I can tell you. With Office 2010, we had 3 options: 1) OEM; 2) the single install option with no transferability which retailed for $119; and 3) the 2 or 3 install option with transferability which retailed for $149. With Office 2013, the far and away best seller was option 2, so we kept that and replaced option 3 with Office 365. When we heard the customer feedback, we recognized that quickly and changed course, which we hope demonstrates that we are listening closely and responding to our customers.
I began with Office 2003 & have updated versions loyally & now using Office 2010 Professional. I take umbrage at Office 2013 only allowing use on 1 computer. Office 2010 allows installation on 2 machines which is perfect for my "2" computer use; a desktop & laptop. Does Microsoft really think I'm going to update to '13 & spend $700? Bad decision - not user friendly!
Is this for all countries, including South Africa?
I use Office 2007 now and want to use the new 2013 Office. I need Office Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Publisher. I am self-employed and use my desktop, my laptop, my convertible notebook and my smartphone for both: business and private use. I have a partner who will use Office 2013 for private purposes on a laptop and a smartphone. So please tell me how to license best not to get into any legal trouble. Tnank you.
That was some pretty shady stuff. I was questioning moving our organization to Google docs and this was the nail in the coffin. Your server licensing for Server 2012 and System Center 2012 completely screws small and medium companies and prices your self out of that market. Do i HAVE to use MS products....no...I just feel your loyalty lies with the big organizations with bottomless pockets and you screw the small business. Shame on you MS...
I suspect the answer is "no" but does "the standalone Office 2013 applications" include Project 2013? microsoft.com/useterms seems to suggest the retail PKC versions are still tied to the first installed PC, is that right?