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Microsoft to now allow Office 2013 PC license transfers once every 90 days

There's been a lot of negative reaction from people who have bought Office 2013 when it was discovered that the software's end user license agreement locked the software to just one PC for the lifetime of the product.The only exception was if the PC with the software had a hardware failure under the PC's warranty.

Today, Microsoft has announced a change in the EULA that should make most of those Office 2013 owners happy. In a post on the official Office blog, the company announced that, effective immediately, Office 2013 owners will have the option to transfer the license to a new PC once every 90 days. The change will apply to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the stand alone Office 2013 applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Microsoft added, "A key ingredient in our formula for success is listening to our customers, and we're grateful for the feedback behind this change in Office licensing."

Here's the revision of the EULA for Office 2013 in full:

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user?

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." You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.

Source: Office blog | Image via Microsoft

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