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Just three weeks ago HEXUS readers were getting very shirty about a change in Microsoft’s Office licensing agreement; of course it was a change in Microsoft’s favour. The licensing tweaks, which users agreed to upon installing the latest version of Office, “permanently assigned” the software to that computer. If you were ever to get a new computer for any reason other than your “PC failed under warranty”, you would need to buy a new copy of Office.

In a blog post today Jevon Fark, from the Microsoft Office Team announced a turnaround. Fark wrote “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.” He went into further detail to explain “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.”

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Still retarded. Software shouldn't be bound to a "PC" period. Software is stored on a storage device, nothing more.
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In a blog post today Jevon Fark, from the Microsoft Office Team announced a turnaround. Fark wrote “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.” He went into further detail to explain “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.”

Grizzle, this is Microsoft officially saying you were wrong, the EULA did in fact say what I and many others were saying all along.

I'm glad they listened to their customers. Now onto fixing Windows 8.

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“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.”

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Still good news, I would be enraged if I was an average Joe buying a 200$ retail copy at best buy and had an issue where I needed to put it on another computer.

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I'm glad they listened to their customers. Now onto fixing Windows 8.

This.
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I'm glad it was changed back, but I don't buy the whole benevolent "we didn't know it would be received so bad, thanks for the feedback blah blah blah" junk for even a second.

They knew very well they were deliberately taking away some consumer rights when they changed the license terms, and are only changing it back because a big stink was made, and they're afraid they'll lose sales.

When will large companies stop pretending like they care about anything other than a paycheck? Or are there people that still fall for that stuff?
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I'm sure they did it out of the the kindness of their hearts lol, oh wait slumping sales could be a factor? What about common sense? Perhaps they have been slightly enlightened to the reasonable cons of going the route that they did.
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Do you really expect anything less of Microsoft? If there is a way for them to squeeze a few more dollars out of consumers, then they are gonna do it... until they are caught and exposed and forced to "do the right thing" instead of the "right for them thing".


Honestly, they are lucky that most of us are somewhat "hooked" into their product... .cause with shifty contract language like this, it only motivates folks like me to find an alternative (i.e. voting with out dollars...)
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Democracy at work, people!
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I'm glad that Microsoft finally backed down on that. Enforcing "one copy at a time" is fair, but making it non-transferable to a new PC wasn't.
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