Microsoft reverses one-PC Office 2013 licensing restriction

By Jos ยท 10 replies
Mar 6, 2013
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  1. Following a wave of criticism over the licensing terms for the retail version of Office 2013, which essentially tied your version of the software to a single computer for ever, Microsoft has amended the agreement with a transferability provision to...

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Good news.
  3. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 231   +14

    Its better then there last offer but its still bad. They should just leave like they always have.
  4. Butch

    Butch TS Enthusiast Posts: 112

    The question I have is this; when I installed the Office 365 preview awhile back it was closely linked to my Microsoft account for Sky Drive etc. However, when they say that you can install it on 5 PC's does that mean that each PC can be linked to a different M$ account or only the same account. For example, I install Office on my PC using MY Microsoft account, can I install it on my wife'ss PC with HER Microsoft account under the same license? I understand that I can install it on multiple PC/Devices but can each use a different MS account? I have searched for this and can't find the answer anywhere. If you guys know, please let me know...Thanks
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +185

    hey Butch the way I was trained at work was this, the account used to initially register the account is the account that 365 is linked too. But you can use other skydrives and have it linked to other Microsoft accounts/ computers( up to 4 after initial account)
  6. kosac

    kosac TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Why? nothing interesting in this product.. I use Libre office and everything is ok..
  7. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    And it still looks like the OEM version can only be legaly installed on one PC.
  8. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    That should have had "at a time" added to the end of the sentence.
  9. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Good for M$ though. It's nice to see them make the change their customers were asking for so quick.. little surprising too!
    Now for the windows 8 issues...
  10. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    They must have learnt lessons from the Conservative government in Britain about fast track U turns.
  11. Libre Office is abysmal. Why?
    • No Skydrive integration
    • Outdated and cluttered interface (I prefer the Ribbon)
    • No automatic updates
    • Calc is inferior to Excel (e.g. Calc's DataPivot severely lags behind the user-friendliness of Excel's Pivot Tables)
    • Poor handling of .docx formatting
    • Lousy grammar and spell checker
    • Script language is not as good as Microsoft's VBA or C#
    • No OneNote equivalent
      Not good for corporations with many users sharing documents (biggest deal breaker)
    Until Libre Office address those deficiencies, I'll stick with MS Office for the foreseeable future.

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