As part of its shift to a subscription model, Microsoft introduced a controversial "no transfer" restriction with Office 2013. Now, after an intense outcry from customers, the company has reversed course and agreed to allow users to transfer retail Office licenses between devices.
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Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).
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Microsoft's new "no transfer" policy for Office 2013 has left some customers asking what happens if the original PC fails and needs replacement. A corporate blog post tries to "add clarity" to the issue, but what the company really needs to do is change the license terms themselves. UPDATED: Microsoft reverses policy, will allow transfers after all.
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Microsoft's new license terms for retail editions of Office 2013 have received intense scrutiny this week. But those changes are just part of a much larger story. Look closely at Office 2013 and you see Microsoft's radical new business model in action.
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