I.T. Support – Microsoft Office – Office 2013
Bloggers and consumers are roaring about Microsoft Office 2013 updates to their licensing model, which many are finding more annoying than Clippy the Paperclip. After reading the releases, blogs, and following link after link on Microsoft’s website, it’s no wonder. While we aren’t asking anyone to like the new rules, we do want everyone to be aware of them in hopes we spare some of you some headaches and grief.
No more transfer tickets
When a computer failed or was retired for a new one, older versions of office could often be moved from the old machine to the new one (provided it was not the ultra-low-cost OEM version, which was not transferrable). Not so with Office 2013. Even at its full price, Office 2013 is sworn to monogamy. The only allowed exception is when a PC fails under its warranty period. In that case Microsoft will grant you the ability to activate your existing key on a different computer.
What does that mean to you? Well, here are a few scenarios to help bring it to light.
- You sell your PC to another person or business. Office goes with that PC. You may not keep a copy for yourself.
- Your computer dies and you need to buy a new one. Instead of transferring your Office software to the new machine, you need to buy a new copy for the new computer.
- You upgrade to a new machine but keep your old hard drive, or image it to save yourself the expense and trouble of reinstalling from scratch. You guessed it – you’ll likely need to buy a new copy of Microsoft Office to reinstall on your existing hard drive.
No more multi-install boxes
Some editions of previous versions of Office allowed users to install on multiple PCs, making it an economic way to get quality Office software on home and student machines. Office 2013 has a similar option, but only under Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud offering. For $100 per year you get the ability to install on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Office 2011 on Macs), provided you keep handing that Franklin note over each year you continue to use the software.
Don’t lose that receipt and product key!
According to a recent ZDNet article one Los Angeles-based company last year paid $137,500 to settle out of court when Microsoft claimed it could not back its Office installations with keys and receipts to match. As Microsoft continues to pursue companies who aren’t keeping proper track of their licenses, it makes great sense keep detailed records about which license keys went on which machines. If you’re a law firm, long-term healthcare facility, bank, or other business where Office is used, this is especially important to you!
The good news? We’re here to help.
We know, you’re probably as upset now as everyone else who hears this for the first time. The ray of light in all this gloomy news is that at JMARK, we’re here to help you understand the rules, avoid the headaches, and get the most for your money. We’ve partnered with Microsoft through years of licensing changes, and we have your business interests in mind every day. If upgrades are in your future, we encourage you to lean on your dedicated NetCare I.T. support team for help making the best decision for your business.