Office 2013 is now transferable (Microsoft fixes a big mistake)

office 2013The Microsoft Office Blog reported March 6 that Office 2013 is now transferable:

Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.

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This is simply more evidence that Microsoft is still trying to figure out its place in the new technological world. The original licensing was an effort to move people to Office 365 and the lease/perpetual licensing and fee revenue Microsoft will receive from their new online products. That might have seemed like a great idea for increasing revenue, but not if your client base is so furious with you that they simply stop buying your products. I’m not sure how they could have been surprised at the reaction.

Are you still using Microsoft Office, or have you moved to an alternative like Google Apps, OpenOffice, LibreOffice or even the free Microsoft Office Web Apps?

We recommend only buying full-blown Microsoft Office tools for select employees that need the expensive, robust features and let the rest of the staff use Google Apps. At Cloud IT we’ve transitioned from Office to Google for the most part, with only a few minor exceptions in spreadsheets and presentations.

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