Reacting to user feedback, Microsoft changed its policy regarding Office 2013 license transfers.
It's been said the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and what better place to make a commotion than the Internet? That's what happened a couple of weeks ago when Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional versions of Office 2013 would be tied to a single PC and non-transferable, even if your PC breaks post-warranty or if you buy a new one. Bummer, right? Not anymore.
Microsoft reversed course on Wednesday and announced that it is now allowing Office 2013 to be transferred to another PC, regardless of the circumstances. The new transfer options are equivalent to those found in Office 2012's retail license terms.
"Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty."
The license agreement won't be updated until a future release comes out, but rest assured, the new policy goes into effect immediately, Microsoft said. It applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, and even standalone Office 2013 applications.
"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. Thank you," Microsoft added.