Microsoft: Office 2013 physical discs still sold in some countries

Microsoft launched the stand alone Office 2013 product a few weeks ago, but the boxed copies that you might see in stores in the US don't actually have a physical disc which you can use to install the productivity software. Instead, the boxed copy just contains a 25 digit product code that people type in to activate a downloadable software product.

That means that all copies of Office 2013 sold in the US and other parts of the world are technically Product Key Card (PKC) versions of the software. You can also simply purchase a 25 digit code online without having to go to go out and buy the boxed copy.

So does that mean the era of buying a copy of Microsoft Office on a disc is now over? Not quite, if you live in other parts of the world. Neowin contacted Microsoft and a company spokesperson told us via email", .... we are still selling discs in developing countries." The spokesperson did not reveal which specific countries have Office 2013 on sale in a disc format.

Additionally, the spokesperson told us, "Microsoft is no longer using PKC in reference to Office 2013, as we no longer have to differentiate between disc and 25-digit alphanumeric code as a means to download/activate. It’s just Office 2013 Home and Student, etc."

There was a report posted on Computerworld.com this week that claimed consumers could get some kind of discount if they purchased PKC versions of Office 2013. However, since US residents can't actually buy anything but PKC versions, it's unclear as to what kind of discounts the report was referencing. The Microsoft spokesperson we talked to would not comment on Computerworld.com's report.

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GlitterBoy said,
I prefer a disk, but if not, I'll download the files or iso, burn it on a disk and there is my work around

You still will have to buy another copy if the computer where Office was installed die. MS might be able to get away with this,in the US but in other Countries they will not... Oracle already tried and fail.

So much for the whole debacle mainly started by SJVN (zdnet linux troll) to make people switch to "Libre Office" because there was going to be no offline installation...

Not sure I follow you. There was always the option of downloading the ISO and then doing an offline instalation (just like with LiberOffice). Now activation needs to be online....

Article said,
Neowin contacted Microsoft and a company spokesperson told us via email", .... we are still selling discs in developing countries."

Apparently Australia is one of those developing countries - went into Dick Smith today and the 2013 versions all came in standard boxes with discs.

Douglas_C said,

Apparently Australia is one of those developing countries - went into Dick Smith today and the 2013 versions all came in standard boxes with discs.

Really?? Which DSE did you go to?

Douglas_C said,

Apparently Australia is one of those developing countries - went into Dick Smith today and the 2013 versions all came in standard boxes with discs.


Here's where it get's weirder.
I went into Officeworks the other day and not only did they have Office 2013 with discs. But was it something like $10 cheaper than the Digital Download version they were selling...

That's whats being said but I don't believe it. M$ has been really good about giving reactivations due to this even when its against their Eula. I have never seen a situation where they said no to this in all my time in dealing with computers. I expect them to keep doing this. My thoughts are they would rather you buy it than just steal it so they just reactivate you.

Torolol said,
wont be long until downloaded Office 2013, are available as .ISO in some torrent sites...

Um they have been for a few months now... Not to mention the ISOs for ProPlus are freely available from MS- just make sure you have MSDN or equivalent or a local KMS server (contact your IT support at work if you are at a company with software support program) with valid (of course...) VL keys