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. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I'll stick with my LibreOffice (which is a fork of OpenOffice when they got purchased a couple years back).

    Either way the open source software is the way to go - especially for the casual home user. As for having something compatible with what is used at work? No sweat - for the most part it all works quite well.
  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    I just bought a 3-pc license mso 2010 home and student; qualified to download/install 1-pc license mso 2013 home and student. :)

    my previous 3-pc license mso 2007 home and student is semi-retired (all installed in 2 old laptops and 1 old desktop)
  3. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    I like LibreOffice, the concept, but I find MS Office 2010 more enjoyable to use, it's more responsive, and somrething very important to me... the grammar and orthography for both EN and SP are superb, compared to those available to LibreOffice, or OpenOffice. It seems to me that LO and OO are pretty much the same thing.
  4. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 114   +21

    Forgive me but as a LO user I can say nothing more than:

    Hahahahahaha! GTFO M$.
  5. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    I read somewhere that LO's version 4 is out, and that it came with a bunch of improvements and new features, I'll take a look and see if the grammar and spell checkers are any better than what was available a few months back.
  6. gooderguy

    gooderguy TS Enthusiast Posts: 68

    It's very clear to me they simply want to push people to the 365 version where you have to pay every year, I mean, how many more features can they cram in there to try to convince people to buy a newer version every couple years
  7. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    At home sure, I can understand why businesses continue to favor office though... If you need to create macros or build spread sheets that pull data directly from databases or custom design something in access you really need to have all the VBA (visual basic for applications) stuff running under the hood.
  8. It does not matter.. same as the OEM EULA does not much to M$'s dismay. It holds no legal weight due to 1st sale doctrine.. and ANY winbloze license can easily be transferred LEGALLY to another system despite M$'s tantrums. This has been proven in court as well.

    However this is once again a typical slime ball move by M$... and one more reason why Open Office is FTW.
  9. HelplessKitten

    HelplessKitten TS Rookie

    Just install OpenOffice, LIbreOffice, or whatever freeware you prefer and enjoy the freedom :)
  10. ChadL

    ChadL TS Rookie

    I replaced my mobo and cpu and I had to reactivate Win8, didn't have to do that with Win7. So you may just have reactivate Office again, its just an automated phone call. But really MS should use plain language in its ULAs and spell out what you can and can't do with the software.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Until they do, I'm not gonna worry with the fine print as long as I can activate.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Dude, just report it, don't try to reason with it. You either get an electric shock, or the corn kernels. In this way, learning forum etiquette by trial and error, can be made to mimic other types of standard teaching methods..

    Moving on...
    For those of us who got here late, M$ used to make "Office Lite". They called it, "Microsoft Works". It had a word processor, a calender, a lightweight graphics app, and more. It cost maybe 30 bucks as a standalone, and came as "value added software" on many OEM computers.

    In fact, it worked so well, and fulfilled so many people's needs, that M$ discontinued it. I think they're trying to force you to buy office. And now, they're trying to force you to buy it for every machine. Next stop likely will be"the cloud", and by subscription only.

    So, don't let your "good idea" fly too far from the nest, and whatever you do, don't put it on a resume you intend to hand in to M$......:eek:
  13. Oh yes indeed. OpenOffice for Windows, or the more recent version, LibreOffice for Windows. FREE forever, folks. Why would anyone give Bill Gates any more money?
  14. Scavengers

    Scavengers TS Booster Posts: 110   +21

    Apache is awesome.

  15. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    I just moved my 500Gb Seagate HDD from a Dell Vostro 1520 I purchased from Dell Outlet 4 years ago, to a Used Dell Latitude E8400 I purchased off Ebay.

    I have Windows 8 Pro W/MediaCenter installed along with a new 2013 Office Pro installed.

    Once the updating finished at the I/O level, I immediately received a request to reactivate Windows by calling and entering all those numbers and then receiving a complete new set of numbers and POW, I was reactivated.
    Then I attempted to open up Word 2013, and a box popped up requesting that I reactivate office 2013, and I clicked accept and it immediately:

    REACTIVATED without so much as a whimper...and so this tethering to ONLY one machine isn't ALL true!

    I don't know if Office 2013 reactivated without a hitch because I moved the O/S and Hdd to the new/Used E6400 machine and because Windows 8 Pro successful reactivated so therefore Office didn't protest or if their saying it was Tethered to a single machine is just the Company Line being adhered to or what.

    Anyhow, it was a 0-Problem reactivation for my Office 2013 Pro that I own but I'm glad the usual procedure of beating your head against the wall for 3 hours of hold, then told no can do, but then shuffled for another hour from ***** to *****...ohh...I meant from tech to tech.

    So maybe others have had a similar experience but All I can vouch for is my experience and I'm still scratching my head as to how "easy" it was!

    Good luck to the rest of you folks out there, and hope...hope...hope!


  16. Unfortunately for Microsoft this is now illegal as I understand it under EU law where if you have a perpetual license you are free to sell it, and therefore move it to another machine!

    Wonder if Microsoft is really wanting to break the EU Law and possibly have another large fine?

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