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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
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I can see some advantage to renting the software for a fee - "free" upgrades when new features are added to the cloud versions of the software, and the ability to work on office products over multiple devices... But that isn't for me. I had that ability when I purchased the physical copies of Office 2007 - One install on my laptop and one for my desktop.
I want to control who has access to my products - not have the chance that because I've created something using the "rental" software that Microsoft now has ownership of it...
I have 2007 and 2010 Professional. I would think twice before I will pay twice...for my desktop & laptop.
MS losing potential loyalty.
When should we expect the change to be updated on the Microsoft Software License Agreement? The only one I can see is the blogs.office.com/.../office-2013-retail-license-agreement-now-transferable.aspx which doesn't show your above changes to the Retail section of the agreement?
So how is the transfer done? I need this right now. A client ordered Office 2013 and installed it, only to find that it was not supported by his Exchange Server. I happen to need Office 2013 for my own use, so if he can transfer it to me, we will both be happy.
So being able to use Office Home & Student 2013 for 5 years on 3 pc's would cost me $420 instead of $140 in retail and $495 in Office 365 plan. I'm sorry but for non-commercial use this is still no deal for me.
This news was posted a month ago tomorrow, but why does the EULA posted on Microsoft's web site still say that the license is NOT transferable? See: office.microsoft.com/.../microsoft-software-license-agreement-FX103576343.aspx.