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 hopes you’ll choose its subscription based version of Office over the severely gimped retail edition.
Windows and Office make up the lion’s share of Microsoft’s revenues, so when everybody’s favorite “devices and services” company makes decisions that fundamentally alter its business model, people stop and take notice. Changes to Office 2013’s licensing terms might not sound all that interesting at first glance, however, they almost certainly hint at the future Microsoft is preparing for.
On Thursday, Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer took to the Office Blog to announce a key milestone in the development of Office 2013, which he dubbed the “most ambitious” yet. The next iteration of Microsoft’s popular productivity suite has been released to manufacturing (RTM), he revealed in his blog post.
At a special event in San Francisco earlier today, Microsoft raised the curtain on the 15th version of its Office productivity suite, which has historically been a huge cash cow for the company. Speaking at the said press event, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer the new Office “will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.” Well, turns out there really aren’t an awful lot of things out there beyond Windows 8 that can fire up the new Office, for Office 2013’s pyrotechnics are reserved for Windows 8 and Windows 7 only and users with older operating systems will need to upgrade in order to get in on the action.
Microsoft's inevitable Office 2013 announcement could be seen coming from a mile away, and now that the Redmond software maker has finally unveiled its next generation productivity suite, it's time to wade through the rhetoric to see if we can make heads or tails of it all. That's easier said than done. While Microsoft is making a concerted effort to simplify the decision making process with Windows 8 by offering just a few editions to choose from, users will ultimately have a bevy of online and offline Office versions to sift through.
Microsoft let it be known at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) that Windows 8 is bound for general availability by the end of October and RTM (release to manufacturers) in August, but what about its next generation Office suite? Office 2013, the likely title for what's currently codenamed Office 15, is said to be prepped for an official unveiling by Redmond on Monday.
Working with PDF documents in Windows has always been a bit of a pain. Most people end up downloading a copy of Adobe Reader, or if they are slightly more savvy the amazing and lightweight Foxit Reader. Microsoft Word 2010 gained the ability to output documents to PDF, however all of these tools have one thing in common; they are a one trick pony. According to LiveSide.Net, Microsoft Word 2013 won’t only be able to export PDF files, but it will be able to open, and even edit them.