Microsoft Office Licensing Oops!

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed that Office 2013 licenses would be locked to just a single computer, so users whose computers broke down had no other option than to purchase a new license unless their systems were still under warranty.

Following intense criticism, they changed their minds, and rightly so!  The licencing conditions now state:

“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,’” the new licensing terms read.

Of course, Microsoft says that this change is based on customer feedback because “we’re listening to our customers and we’re grateful for the feedback behind this change.”  Its staggering that they could even consider implementing this license change in the first place.  How out of touch must they be from their end users to think this would have any legs?

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