Microsoft restores transfer rights for retail Office 2013 copies

Microsoft restores transfer rights for retail Office 2013 copies – ZDNET – Ed Bott

As part of its shift to a subscription model, Microsoft introduced a controversial “no transfer” restriction with Office 2013. Now, after an intense outcry from customers, the company has reversed course and agreed to allow users to transfer retail Office licenses between devices.

Thank you Microsoft coming through after the public outcry on the changes to the Retail licenses for Microsoft Office 2013!

Office 2013 now transferable – Microsoft’s Office News Blog

A couple weeks ago, I posted this blog to clarify the new Office 2013 licensing terms. 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.

So what Retail Licenses are included:

Office Home and Student 2013

Office Home and Business 2013

Office Professional 2013

and the standalone Office 2013 applications.

Here’s the changed text in the license as noted on Office 2013 now transferrable posting at the Office News blog:

Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software:

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.

Again, I personally thank Microsoft and the Office Team for positively responding to the public outcry regarding the license change for the retail versions. I hope they will not be changing this in a future Retail versions of Office any time soon!

The closing comment by Jack Fark, Office Team on the article:

At Microsoft, we strive to make Office the very best product to help busy people and families get things done. A key ingredient in our formula for success is listening to our customers, and we’re grateful for the feedback behind this change in Office licensing. Thank you.

BOLD emphasis mine.

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