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Microsoft’s Office 2013 software licence can’t be transferred to another PC

Users must subscribe to Office 365 instead
Mon Feb 18 2013, 13:57
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SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft has announced that its Microsoft Office 2013 software licence can't be reassigned to another computer, as previously has been possible with earlier Microsoft Office releases.

When quizzed as to whether a Microsoft Office 2013 licence can be transferred to another machine, Microsoft told The INQUIRER, "[Microsoft] Office 2013 is a single device license", adding that those wanting to use Microsoft Office across multiple devices will "have to purchase [Microsoft] Office 365 Home Premium" as well, which allows users to share Microsoft Office with up to five PCs, Macs or mobile devices.

We probed further and asked what will happen in the event that the original PC carrying the single Microsoft Office 2013 licence is destroyed, lost or stolen. Will Microsoft allow the original licence to be transferred then?

Microsoft came back to us with, "Office 2013 software is "licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable."

Thanks for clearing that up, guys.

How Microsoft will enforce the non-transferability policy on Microsoft Office 2013 remains unknown, but it's pretty clear it hopes that those likely to be switching between computing environments won't baulk at paying the extra £79.99 a year or £7.99 a month for a Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2013 to consumers ahead of a launch event in New York last month, shipping from the Microsoft UK store for £110 for the Home and Student version, while the Home and Business version will set you back £220 and the Professional edition £390. µ


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