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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

Microsoft retreats from Office 2013 restrictive licensing

Backpedals from retail licenses permanently tied to one PC, lets users move suite to another machine
By Gregg Keizer
March 6, 2013 09:01 AM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft today backpedaled from a sweeping change in its licensing for retail copies of Office 2013, saying that customers now have the right to move the software from one machine to another.

"We received customer feedback that they wanted this flexibility, and we thought this was reasonable, just and fair," said Jevon Fark, senior marketing manager with the Office team, in an interview Tuesday. "We will honor these new terms starting this morning." The revised policy lets customers who purchased a retail copy of Office 2013 -- the $140 Home & Student, $220 Home & Business or $400 Professional editions -- reassign the license to another PC they own or control. That's a change from the end-user licensing agreement (EULA) that debuted with Office 2013: Out the gate, the "perpetual" licenses sold at retail -- those paid for once, with rights to use them forever -- were permanently tied to the first PC they were installed on.


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