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  Microsoft's one-PC limit isn't new in Office 2013
Time: 11:58 EST/16:58 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft is busy changing to a devices and services company. One of those changes is making the Office 365 subscriptions to the desktop Office 2013 software a better deal than buying a perpetual licence in a cardboard box (which, unless you're in a developing country with notoriously poor connectivity, contains only a product key card with a code on). There's been a lot of discussion of the limitation that the retail (consumer rather than business) versions of Office 2013 can only be installed on one PC not one at a time, but only one PC. If it crashes, you can reinstall Office on that same computer. If the PC fails, you can't transfer the licence. A stringent new restriction pushing users to the Office 365 service, most commentators have suggested. ZDNet colleague Ed Bott takes a more thoughtful look at Microsoft's changing business model.

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#1 By bobsireno (1748 Posts) at 2/18/2013 2:52:25 PM
BS. The one PC limit is new in retail boxed version of Office. It is not new only for OEM versions, or key card versions, of MS Office.

Home and Student 2010 could be activated on three PCs and moved if one of the PC's was replaced. Home and Student 2013 is locked to one PC, although MS has said if you replace the motherboard you can call and reactivate Office. Still, the 300% price increase for what was the only high value retail version of MS Office is incredibly steep.

#2 By Noelk (1 Posts) at 2/19/2013 1:59:57 AM
Microsoft business model keeps getting poorer and poorer, the business moves they have been making lately show how out of touch these guys are with the market

#3 By donpacman (749 Posts) at 2/19/2013 5:48:46 PM
Steve Ballmer can do no wrong. Just ask him.

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