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Office 2013 retail is tied to 1 machine forever

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    Office 2013 retail is tied to 1 machine forever


    We have started to discuss this in this thread, but I think it's important enough to have it's own thread.
    Microsoft to launch new Office commercially on January 29


    So, Office 2013 retail is tied to the 1 computer that you install it on and it cannot be moved to another computer. (It's like an OEM license now). This is not a rumor, you can find details on this from a ton of sites, including Wikipedia;

    Microsoft Office 2013 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Retail copies of Office 2013 are tied to a single computer forever | Geek Pick | Geek.com
    http://winsupersite.com/office-2013/...re-one-pc-only

    As Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite says, the standalone products are not a very good deal anymore and Microsoft is trying to force it's hand into making you use Office 365 instead and get subscription revenue.


    This also means that the 2013 Home and Student version cannot be installed onto 3 computers like previously. In fact, you cannot install it on a destkop and a laptop for the same user....as you have always been able to do with Office.

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    I think Libre Office is going to get a substantial boost over this decision. It seems that everything Microsoft is going to be a subscription model. And how much will eventually be tied into 'the cloud', whether you want it to be, or not?
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    I just downloaded and installed LibreOffice onto my desktop (I have it on my notebook with Mint) to see how it works. The one thing that hit me was the toolbar, everything that one commonly uses is right there in easy to find cascading menus. After years of using the Office Ribbon, I sometimes still struggle to find what I'm looking for, even with often simple things.

    I opened up an Excel file and it seems to have come across perfectly. LibreOffice doesn't have the eye candy of Microsoft Office, but it's not bad. I will have to play with it to see how well it works overall.
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    Here's something else I noticed about Office 365 from this (UK version) page here:
    System Requirements for Office 365

    Note the support dates for Vista.
    Support Ending
    Windows Server 2003 on January 1, 2013
    Windows XP on January 1, 2014 (currently requires SP3)
    Windows Vista on January 1, 2014 (currently requires SP2)
    Now Vista itself is still in support for a while after 1 January 2014 (even XP support goes a few months into 2014).

    So this raises the possibility that you have Office 365, and an Operating System in support, but because of the non-perpetual licence of Office 365, it just stops working until you upgrade the OS. Not good.
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    Well, Office 365 isn't even supported on Vista. Look at the list of OS's supported


    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Well, Office 365 isn't even supported on Vista. Look at the list of OS's supported


    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2008
    Mac OS X isn't supported on Office 2013.
    Click image for larger version
    Anyway, this will bring more users to Libre and Open Office.
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    hi PPARKS,

    well, not exactly. You can install Office 2013 on ONE computer X64 and on ONE laptop, which i am going to do.

    Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi PPARKS,

    well, not exactly. You can install Office 2013 on ONE computer X64 and on ONE laptop, which i am going to do.

    Jeff
    Jeff,

    I would suggest to you that you go out and look at the new licensing terms. That is what you USED to be able to do with prior versions of Office, but that has changed with Office 2013.

    Here is a link right from the Microsoft forums discussing this very topic. The answer: Either buy 2 licenses or better yet, use Office 365 instead.

    Office 2013 - Installing on my Desktop and Laptop? - Microsoft Community

    And had you read the links that I posted above, notably the one from Paul Thurrott on the Windows Supersite, you would have clearly seen this concept dispelled.

    However, others—including most notably The Age, whose Adam Turner did some serious legwork to uncover the truth—have reported on the more explicit terms that exist in the Office 2013 license agreement, compared to those of its predecessors. Retail versions of Office 2010 allowed the users to “install another copy of the software on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.” “OEM” versions of Office 2010, that is, copies of Office acquired with a new PC, did not allow for this usage; those versions of Office 2010 were tied to the PC on which they arrived.
    With Office 2013, Microsoft is using the “OEM” licensing terms for retail versions of the product as well, or what is now called a “non-transferable license” or “perpetual license.” “You may not transfer the software to another computer or user,” the new license warns. According to Microsoft, “each retail copy of Office 2013 carries a one-device license. Once users install the software on a single PC, it can only ever be used on that one device.” And no, you cannot install second copy of the software on a portable device, like a laptop, as you could in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    We have started to discuss this in this thread, but I think it's important enough to have it's own thread.
    Microsoft to launch new Office commercially on January 29


    So, Office 2013 retail is tied to the 1 computer that you install it on and it cannot be moved to another computer. (It's like an OEM license now). This is not a rumor, you can find details on this from a ton of sites, including Wikipedia;

    Microsoft Office 2013 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Retail copies of Office 2013 are tied to a single computer forever | Geek Pick | Geek.com
    http://winsupersite.com/office-2013/...re-one-pc-only

    As Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite says, the standalone products are not a very good deal anymore and Microsoft is trying to force it's hand into making you use Office 365 instead and get subscription revenue.


    This also means that the 2013 Home and Student version cannot be installed onto 3 computers like previously. In fact, you cannot install it on a destkop and a laptop for the same user....as you have always been able to do with Office.
    At first glance, I figured this must be hysteria. I was wrong.

    Microsoft Software License Agreement - Office.com

    One PC. Not movable to a different PC in the future. It's surprisingly clear and unambiguous for a Microsoft EULA.

    It was clear that they really wanted us to move to the lease model (Office 365). Now it seems that they really, really, want us to go with the lease.
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    I would do my best to not post hysteria.
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