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If your computer dies, so does your Office license,' says licensing guru; move seen as prod to adopt subscription-based Office 365
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On Thursday, Microsoft confirmed that once a retail copy of Office 2013 is installed on a PC and activated -- the process of entering a 25-character "key" to prove the software was legitimately obtained -- it cannot be uninstalled and then re-installed on another machine owned by the customer.

Basically MS is railroading the customers here, which really sucks for people like my wife. Her University requires that they keep the latest and greatest version of Office, in our case my wife might use one of a few computers in our home. Under this new policy we would need to buy 3 copies of Office, one for each system. Not only that, but if I, or anyone, were to upgrade their core components, guess what? You need a new copy.

I am personally getting tired of developers and others in the industry intentionally shafting their customers.

I guess we will be buying one copy, Spring Term for my wife, and I will be looking to the Pirating community for a crack to make it to where we can use our legally purchased copy in our home.
    
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I'm not worried.
I'll just switch to Abi Word + Open Office and I'm set for life. cool.gif
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Microsoft continues to prove how utterly out of touch they are with the average consumer.

"Pay us more money, and get less out of it" is the greatest business strategy EVER. [/sarcasm]
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It's a bit of a dick move by Microsoft IMO. Did then not make as much money from Office 2010 as they intended and decided they needed to make more money from office 2013?
     
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Open office, Google docs.
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While I am well aware of "alternatives" to Microsoft Office, they don't do a bit of good when my wife's University won't accept work completed in them.

Yes, you can tell when something is done outside of Office, even when saved as an Office extension. Basically Microsoft has the Universities by the man hood.
    
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Open office, Google docs.

Most businesses, government organizations, and schools use Microsoft Office. There isn't really any direct compatibility between Microsoft Office and other alternatives.

This is an extremely poor move by Microsoft, very anticonsumer and anticompetitive.
 
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Yes, you can tell when something is done outside of Office, even when saved as an Office extension.

How?
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How?

Because the formatting will be messed up.
 
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Because the formatting will be messed up.

Couldn't you just match the margins/spacing settings in another office suite to Microsoft's defaults?
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