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    Office 2013 and Office 365 installations & transferability


    A few weeks ago, we announced the new Office for consumers, including the all new Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 University for college and university students, and traditional Office suites: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013.

    Since then we've received questions about the number of installations people get with the traditional Office suites, transferability, and how they compare to Office 2010. With that in mind, we want to offer some clarity on the matter, to help customers make the best purchasing decision.

    Here's how our Office 2010 and Office 2013 licenses compare:


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    *An exception is granted when the software is on a PC that is replaced under warranty.


    It is important to note that Office 2013 suites have consistent rights and restrictions regarding transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 PKC, which was chosen by a majority of Office 2010 customers worldwide.

    We think this new lineup offers unmatched choice and value for students, families and everyone in between.

    • For those looking to use Office on multiple devices - Office 365 Home Premium works across up to 5 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices.
    • For those who only require Office on one device - The Office 2013 software is licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable (consistent with the rights and restrictions of Office 2010 PKC). In the event that a customer buys the Office 2013 software and installs it on a PC that fails under warranty, the customer can contact support to receive an exemption to activate the Office 2013 software on the replacement PC.
    • For college and university students - Office 365 University works across 2 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices.
    Source:
    Office News - Office 2013 and Office 365 installations and transferability

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    Thanks, Shawn. Right from the horses mouth. Clears up all the rumors.
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    And ensures that I won't be considering either of them.
    I'll be sticking with Office 2010 Pro from now on.
    At least I can install it where I want it. MS has screwed the pooch on this one.
    Wenda.
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    Talk about a truly sad series of events. . .
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    Not a good policy, a license for the life of a computer is going to cost them customers.
    Many will explore the free options.
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    ^ Yeah, but how many will make the switch? Have explained for years how their are wonderful alternatives out there, only to have people laugh in my face and explain how Open Office, and Google Docs don't hold a candle to what Microsoft Office can do. I hear nothing but bad things about the alternatives and how they mangle documents, aren't compatible and how it's a great injustice to learn an application that isn't the defacto standard in business and education.

    I think Microsoft knows that consumers will end up sticking with what they know and will simply go the Office 365 route. For $100 a year, you get the look/feel/consistency and compatibility that the world demands.

    I seriously hope though that people do explore their options. I haven't owned or used a copy of Microsoft Office at home for years now. I don't find it necessary at all. I wasn't willing to pay for it before, and I don't pirate software.
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    Here's some more comment on this.

    There is some scepticism at the approach of using a blogpost to "add some clarity" to licensing terms.

    Microsoft's attempts to clarify Office licensing policies fall short | ZDNet
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    If Ed Bott isn't happy with it - that says something. He is as pro MS as you can get.

    If you look closely - he complains of the lack of clarity. He does not complain of the shove to subscription based service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    ^ Yeah, but how many will make the switch? Have explained for years how their are wonderful alternatives out there, only to have people laugh in my face and explain how Open Office, and Google Docs don't hold a candle to what Microsoft Office can do. I hear nothing but bad things about the alternatives and how they mangle documents, aren't compatible and how it's a great injustice to learn an application that isn't the defacto standard in business and education.

    I think Microsoft knows that consumers will end up sticking with what they know and will simply go the Office 365 route. For $100 a year, you get the look/feel/consistency and compatibility that the world demands.

    I seriously hope though that people do explore their options. I haven't owned or used a copy of Microsoft Office at home for years now. I don't find it necessary at all. I wasn't willing to pay for it before, and I don't pirate software.


    Well, I haven't tried Libre Office as yet, although I have tried Open Office and another freebie whose name currently escapes me.
    Got to say that, although they were OK, they weren't quite what I wanted. And I have copies of Office 2007 and 2010 anyway.
    BUT, I downloaded the latest full version of Libre Office the other night, and will be giving it a good work-out over the next few weeks.
    A cursory inspection of the cut-down version in Ubuntu 12 left a favourable impression.
    Unlike some, I've never been afraid to experiment with free software.
    Wenda.
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    OK, for those who may be interested, I've just (yes, right now) tested both Office XP and Office 2000 on W8 Pro (64-bit)
    as I read on ZDnet just now that Office 2003 would not install on Win 8..
    Installed with XP SP3 compatibility, they both install and run just fine. So, no reason why Office 2003 shouldn't.
    So, if that's what you have, you CAN run it quite satisfactorily under Win 8. No need to shovel money at MS if you don't want to.
    I don't have office 97, so couldn't test it (probably won't run), and my copy of Office 4.3 certainly won't.
    Hope this is of use to someone.
    Wenda.
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