Thursday, March 7, 2013

Office 2013 now transferable


One of the big changes Microsoft made in Office 2013 was to remove the ability for some licences to no longer be transferable. This caused a lot of confusion so I covered in a previous blog post:
Office 2013 transferability made easier
The biggest issues was that you couldn’t transfer Fully Packaged Product (FPP retail) from an old machine to a new machine as you could with Office 2010.
I know this has clearly been an issue and source of hostility for many who feel Microsoft is unfairly ‘forcing’ them to a cloud only option. However, Microsoft has just announced that it is changing the licensing agreement for the retail product to allow customers to transfer software from one computer to another. The details are in this blog post:
http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/03/06/office-2013-retail-license-agreement-now-transferable.aspx
but it says in summary:
“this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms.”
So please give Microsoft some credit for making this change. Many are quick to criticize but neglect to praise Microsoft when they do something like this. I would suggest that if you want to make them more receptive to change you need to acknowledge when they do make changes like this.