How to get an Office RT commercial license

When Microsoft announced Windows 8 and Windows RT, it stated Office RT would come bundled with all Windows RT devices. That's true, but the fine print was that the bundled version would only be for non-commercial use (the included version is Office's Home and Student edition).

As noted by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office RT is "not for use in commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. Commercial license options available (sold separately)." After researching the matter further, one of Foley's Twitter followers found the following slide pertaining to Office RT.

What the slide means, as noted by Foley, is organizations or users who have an appropriate Office 365 license (365 ProPlus, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office Midsize Business or Office 365 Enterprise), Office Standard/Professional Plus 2013 or a commercial use license through volume licensing will be able to use Office RT for commercial reasons. The actual Office RT suite will not be any different with one of these licenses, however – Outlook or Access will not be included, for instance – it will merely grant users the right to use Office RT for commercial purposes.

When Foley contacted Microsoft, she received the following statement:

While Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final edition are not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities as sold, organizations do have options for using the applications commercially – including purchasing commercial use rights or licensing any edition of the new Office with commercial use rights.

It's not known if Microsoft has plans to release Windows RT versions of the applications missing from the Office RT suite for an additional cost. Neowin has contacted Microsoft for a comment on the matter, and this article will be updated if and when a response is received.

Source: ZDNet | Image via ZDNet

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spudtrooper said,
WIll there ever be office pro for RT with outlook or just commercial license for the Excel, Word and Powerpoint?

That's what I've email Microsoft regarding. If we get a response, I'll update this article.

spudtrooper said,
WIll there ever be office pro for RT with outlook or just commercial license for the Excel, Word and Powerpoint?

Windows 8 has ActiveSync built in and will sync your Exchange mail, calendar, and contacts... So Outlook seems kind of redundant on RT devices.

markrobinson85 said,

Windows 8 has ActiveSync built in and will sync your Exchange mail, calendar, and contacts... So Outlook seems kind of redundant on RT devices.

you've got to be out of your mind to think that Windows 8 mail has as much functionality as Outlook.

spudtrooper said,
WIll there ever be office pro for RT with outlook or just commercial license for the Excel, Word and Powerpoint?

Just got a response, but they didn't say if other Office applications will ever be available for Office RT. No sense in updating the article since there was no confirmation or even a statement given, though.

If I have a lemonade stand and I use Excel RT to manage my revenue, does anyone really think Microsoft is really gonna come knocking on my door? Get real. Whoever comes up with this BS needs to be slapped with a Surface RT.

Surface RT is meant to be an enterprise\business device. That's what the Pro is for.

Edited by ~Johnny, Oct 17 2012, 4:31pm :

ahhell said,
Surface RT is meant to be an enterprise\business device. That's what the Pro is for.

You can still manage RT devices with the upcoming Intune update.
Your argument is invalid.

ahhell said,
Surface RT is meant to be an enterprise\business device.

It comes with the "Home and Student" version of Office RT; it's brightly coloured; it has received a massive advertising campaign; it is priced competitively with the iPad. I just don't see how any of that point to it being a business or enterprise product.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It comes with the "Home and Student" version of Office RT; it's brightly coloured; it has received a massive advertising campaign; it is priced competitively with the iPad. I just don't see how any of that point to it being a business or enterprise product.

I think he meant to say "Isn't"

Sraf said,

I think he meant to say "Isn't"


This. Typo'd
It's not meant to be in the enterprise. You can't add it to a domain, for example. Sure you can remotely administer some stuff that still doesn't change the fact that the RT is consumer device not a business one.

ahhell said,
Surface RT is NOT meant to be an enterprise\business device. That's what the Pro is for.

How did ~Johnny edit your post anyways?

ahhell said,

This. Typo'd
It's not meant to be in the enterprise. You can't add it to a domain, for example. Sure you can remotely administer some stuff that still doesn't change the fact that the RT is consumer device not a business one.

So your forced into buying a much more expensive device, even though you might not need it. Of course it's not becoming a restricted environment. /s

You can install Office on anything right now without buying new hardware. There is no technical reason not too have this.

IronChef75 said,
Confusing and messy, just like their licencing has always been.

Yes and no. It's confusing as hell reading it like this, but it means that if you have licensed a commercial copy, then you can use RT in a commercial sense. Most companies would have a Commercial VLA, so the use of RT for commercial purposes would be allowed automatically

Sraf said,

Yes and no. It's confusing as hell reading it like this, but it means that if you have licensed a commercial copy, then you can use RT in a commercial sense. Most companies would have a Commercial VLA, so the use of RT for commercial purposes would be allowed automatically

Pretty much. This article makes a mess of the three bullet points in the image.

chAos972 said,

Pretty much. This article makes a mess of the three bullet points in the image.


Can you explain what you feel is a mess about the article? I'd be happy to edit it if the clarification of what the image means is unclear.

Sraf said,

Most companies would have a Commercial VLA, so the use of RT for commercial purposes would be allowed automatically

My problem with that is that you don't get the other apps even though you have a license for them. That's just stupid. Access I could "maybe" see not needing, but not have Outlook? Crazy talk!