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Microsoft back-peddles on Office 2013 retail license, now lets you transfer to new PC

Microsoft now lets you transfer retail copies of Office 2013 to new computers

By Charles Gantt from Mar 6, 2013 @ 12:15 CST

It seemed that the whole tech community was up in arms over Microsoft's decision to tie all retail licenses of its Office 2013 to single install on a single PC, which could not be transferred, if you upgrade machines. Redmond has taken notice and reversed that decision.

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Today Microsoft announced that it is changing policy and will now allow users to transfer their retail Office 2013 license to a new PC "if the old one fails." The new changes will be updated in the license agreement in future updates, but said that the change is effective immediately.

There are of course limitations, including only being able to transfer the license every 90 days and you can still only run the license on one piece of hardware at a time. We are glad Microsoft has recanted their decision to limit the use of its software, and we hope they will continue to think of the customer over the bottom line.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com


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