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home : columns : columns July 23, 2016


3/13/2013 11:23:00 AM
Microsoft gives in on Office

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician


Last week I joined a growing chorus of folks that are complaining about Microsoft's licensing on Office 2013. The software giant planned on making licensing for the product die as the computer on which it was installed died. In other words, the good money you shelled out for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others is thrown away if you buy a new computer. My exact words were "shame on them."
Well, the chorus won. Microsoft announced Friday that it immediately would make licensing for Office 2013 perpetual. You can license in on a new computer if your old one dies or you just want a new one.
Now the Office 2013 licensing works like you'd expect it should. Purchasing the license grants you the right to install the software on a single PC. If that PC breaks, or gets lost or stolen, or you upgrade and replace it with a new one, you can install Office 2013 on the new PC. You can also sell or transfer the license to another user. The primary requirement under this license is that the Office 2013 software can only exist in one place, and be installed on one computer at any given time.
Unfortunately, with Office 2013 there is no three license Home and Student version. The good deal many home users got is no longer available. So if you can find an Office 2013 3-user version you are money ahead. They are out there but are getting tougher to get.
Really, I don't see much advantage to switching to 2013. But Microsoft has proven in the past that it doesn't need to show a lot of benefit to push a new product. Sooner or later they'll sunset the old product so you just can't use it anymore.
Can you say "planned obsolescence?"








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