Back in February, it was come to notice through the licensing terms of Office 2013 that the perpetual license was tied to a single PC and according to the T&C a user cannot install the productivity suite on a new PC using the same license. Microsoft also confirmed that transfer of the license was prohibited according to the new licensing terms.
A source inside Microsoft revealed the company’s intention, “I know why Microsoft is doing it, because they want more people to move to the cloud, but I just wish they’d come out and openly admit that.”
The new licensing terms didn’t go well with customers and following an uproar Microsoft provided a clarification that transfer of license for Office 2013 was allowed in cases where a user’s PC malfunctions under warranty.
On March 6 the company changed its mind on the licensing scheme after the backlash from the public and revealed through a blog post, “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. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one”.
The TOS was updated and some restrictions are still in place, but overall, the customer may transfer the Office 2013 to another computer once every 3 months.
In other related news an Office 2013 PKC is being sold at 14% less price as compared to the perpetual license on quite a few online retail stores.