MS has done it again. They must have a Division of Dumbassed Moves.
Their latest winner? You buy a license to MS Office 2013. Now it’s tied to that computer and that’s it. Anything happens to that computer, or you decide to upgrade to another system, you’d better keep the old one because the license cannot be transferred to the new one.
“Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time , but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement.”
To my way of thinking, this is just plain nuts.
Under Office 2010
“You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days. If you reassign, that other device becomes the “licensed device.” If you retire the licensed device due to hardware failure, you may reassign the license sooner.”
Why? MS is also selling subscription-based packages now: Office 365 for Home allows users to install the software on up to five devices. On top of that, it is also available at no extra cost to all members of a household and it is possible to transfer licenses from one computer to another.
They’ll figure a way to disable Office 2013, or a way to track it. How? Who knows. I know I’m history for MS Office.
I’ve been using Libre Office, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone.
You can get it here: http://www.libreoffice.org/#0
Or, you can get Open Office here: http://www.openoffice.org/index1-passthru.html?utm_expid=57643286-7&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
But MS Office? As dead to me as Clippy.
When Computerworld asked MS about this issue:
“Via email, Computerworld asked Microsoft, "Once an Office 2013 retail license is assigned through activation to a PC, it's connected TO THAT PC, correct? Just as is Windows. That then means it cannot be reassigned to ANOTHER PC owned by the same individual, correct?"
The response from Microsoft's public relations firm was simply, "Correct."