Office 2013 EULA says the software is bound to one PC forever

By Matthew ยท 39 replies
Feb 13, 2013
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  1. Although you can usually click through most software license agreements with little consequence, you should probably skim Microsoft's terms before spending $140 to $400 on a retail copy of Office 2013 as two key parts have changed from previous versions...

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,067   +427

    What if you are constantly replacing parts in your desktop? What makes it a new computer? What if I replace my motherboard and processor but nothing else?
  3. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 571   +181

    This is what I was trained to tell customers when they asked, it was stuck to that computer forever, that's what Microsoft put in there training. But they also highlighted how office 365 can move from computer to computer without any problem, your just limited to 5 systems at once. If you need office pro on multiple computers then 365 home premium is actually perfect for you, you would be getting 4 years of subscriptions for the same price as the once PC disk, on 5 computers. If you need more they have 365 professional, but its not sold in stores, and on some of them you pay per computer per year (like $20-40 for the year for one PC), I think if M$ was smart they would make another lower end of office 365 with just word, excel, and powerpoint for 2-3 computers for 1 year for like $40-50.
  4. Alvaro

    Alvaro TS Rookie Posts: 41   +8

    Open Office.
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  5. theSon

    theSon TS Rookie

    Taking away our freedoms yet again. These money-sucking corporations will keep tightening their leash on us to make more and more money. Profits at the expense of freedom. Anything to make an extra buck. Immoral, psychotic corporations. Way to promote piracy of your software. If your hard drive croaks and you have to install a fresh version of windows on a freshly formatted drive, I bet you wouldn't be able to. Microsoft's profit from their monopoly that is the PC operating system isn't enough for them. Apple is no different forcing you to use Itunes and limiting functionality of their devices (I.e. inability to use iphones as usb data sticks by default). And lets not forget all those carriers that lock your phone and put you into this extemely highly priced contracts by seducing you with a low initial cost of the phone. And of course, Rogers and Bell in canada limit your internet usage and keep raising their prices every year. Putting leashes on us as I said.

    What happened to the days with unlimited internet.
    The day where you could install office as many times as you like.
    Why are we paying the highest cell phone and internet rates in the world

    Deluded pyschotic money-hungry at the expense of morality and humanity corporations.

    To hell with these evil bastards
    psycros likes this.
  6. theSon

    theSon TS Rookie

    I'd say keep using your version of Office 2010. Don't upgrade for 10-20 years or until the new office has significant upgrades for you to dish out over a $100.
    Many people still use office 2003 because they hate the new GUI>
    Per Hansson, psycros and p51d007 like this.
  7. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    This and Windows 8 has led me to Linux. My next PC will be MS free.
  8. I agree with Railman.
  9. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    You either have a really old package.. or with Bell (just recently..) pay an extra $30 for unlimited on any package. I'm not sure if that's available everywhere, but it was added as a new option now. I'm still sitting on an older DSL package though.

    I know all about raised prices.. my bill goes up about $10-12 a year since it's no contract. Been on the package since 2006, would be longer but I tried elsewhere before their unlimited was cut.

    On topic anyways. The whole leash to one PC? I'd never use this software, if they expect it I'll go find alternatives. There's no way I'd pay so costly an amount, just so they can have a hold on some software.
    psycros likes this.
  10. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    As far as I know with Microsoft "your computer" = motherboard.

    Thats how it is with OEM copies of Windows anyway.
  11. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    Its a stupid policy, I'll agree with you there, but as for it taking away your freedom I disagree, vote with your wallet and don't buy it. Also, regardless of whatever marketing/public relations BS they spew all over businesses large and small do not exist to produce products, offer services, or to even to provide jobs for their employees... They exist to make money for their investors.

    What happened is that they realized they could change their pricing scheme and make more money... again, they exist to make money not give you free stuff.

    That said, this type of behavior is leading to a market where the consumers begin to distrust the major players like Microsoft and Apple, if they keep it up, someone else will offer a more open platform and end up being the new standard. MS became what they are because they started out building an open platform that anyone could write programs for and offered a relatively stable ecosystem you could invest in. If they push too far in their current direction and enterprise customers start abandoning them because their licensing is ridiculous they are in serious trouble. Personally I'd ike to see this Office 2013/Windows 8 fiasco push enough enterprise customers to Red Hat or one of the other Linux based alternatives that it scares Microsoft into being half way reasonable again.
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  12. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    F that, I'm installing it on all my 'puters with 1 license.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    I was ambitiously awaiting the release of Windows 7 and Office 2010. I'm not sure what happened, but thats where my ambition stopped.

    With the direction Microsoft is going, I'm probably finished with Microsoft. As long as my machines continue to run and I can still purchase Windows 7 or Office 2010, I will continue to be happy. I don't know where I'm going yet, but I'm sure there is a less expensive option available, that I would be more than happy with. At the moment, I'm keeping my eye on Steam gaming support in Linux. For the first time ever, I am considering a Linux option. I already know that for myself, migrating to Open Office will not be a big heartbreak.
  14. For anyone interested in Microsoft Office 2013 and NOT interested in burning down Microsoft headquarters with everyone who works there inside, fret not.

    Go to and login with the Microsoft Account you used to purchase Office 2013. Go to the My Office tab. And you will see which machines on which you have installed Office 2013. You will also see a "Deactivate" link in blue so that you can deactivate that installation and install it on a different machine.
  15. Actually, you click the little downward arrow next to you your name in the upper-right hand corner of the browser and click My Account. My bad.
  16. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    Nobody should have to do that though. Annoying the crap out of legit users, because other won't pay for software. Seriously, even having legit copies of MS software I still prefer to patch activation 'cause I find it f'n annoying.
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  17. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    And yes, I don't care about the 1 PC = 1 license thing, I still install the same software on all my machines with only one license, because it all happens at home, and I'm hurting nobody by doing so.
  18. Butch

    Butch TS Enthusiast Posts: 112

    This, if accurate, is very disappointing. Reducing the "retail" version of Office to OEM status is not acceptable. MS is really forcing everyone to Office365 obviously. Oh well, looks like my Office 2003 is going to have to limp along for awhile longer....
    psycros likes this.
  19. HellcatM

    HellcatM TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Here is what I would like to see. You pick what you want to use and you just pay for that. I would only use Word so I would just click on Word and pay whatever the price of Word would be. If my girlfriend uses Word and Outlook and Power Point, we pay for the use of all three. The price of Office 365 can stay the same $40-50 a year.

    Moderator note: fixed.
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    Why don't you quit quoting everyone on the forum. If you have something to say, just say it. There is no need in quoting 50 people.
    Teko03 and Duckula22 like this.
  21. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    Read the last paragraph again.
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    MS has to protect their investment.
  23. free4rm

    free4rm TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I'm with you, I uninstalled MS office from my desktops and laptops then installed Open Office. I only use MS office at work but have the convenience of Open Office with the file formats.
  24. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Office 365 seems to be the most cost effective option, but I would not trust M$ to keep the subscription rates at the same rate. Once they have locked in a critical mass of customers they will substantially increase the annual rates.
  25. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    At home so long as Office 2003 keeps working I'm going to stick with that... All I ever do is occasionally use word for a spell checker or to update my resume and once or twice a year add to a spread sheet of things I intend to deduct from my taxes... When Office '03 becomes too old and won't install anymore I think I'll move to open office.

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