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Bizarre Office 2013 Licensing

Getting a pilot's license takes months of study and lots of practice. Being in compliance with some software licenses can take the same effort. All the gotchas are in fine print and legalese.

And sometimes the licenses are just bizarre. Take the free version of Office you get when you shell out about $800 for a Surface RT machine as an example. This Student version can be used as much as you like, provided you don't work for an actual office.

Business use is verboten. So if your shop buys one of these tablet/laptops, you can write your term papers and love letters, but stuff your memo in a sack. For that you must buy one of three separate licenses. Or, if you have a license for Office 2013 for another machine, you are good to go.

This is just pure weirdness.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/12/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

Who's gonna know?

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

So how exactly do they know? What if you are a business student writing sample memos ;)

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 NickA

I think this is just for the Windows RT because it's the 'light' version. Once the tablet with Windows 8 Pro comes out that one will probably have the Office version for businesses. I don't think it's weird if you look at it like that.

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 80s Rocker

Plus, it is not saying you have to buy and additional license, you just have to have a standard or pro license for you work desktop (which most people have). So it will not cost anyone any more money. unless the company does not use Office at all. Quote from article above: "If you are the primary user of a device licensed with Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013, then you can use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial use. "

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 80s Rocker

What is so bizarre about it, MS has always had the "Home & Student Edition" and that has always been the rule. That is why the "Home & Student edition cost so much less than the Pro or Standard version. Basically it is just saying that a Business who buys a Surface has to have a business license one of the "Business" licenses.

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 Brad Ocoee, Fl

That sound just like something MS would do. That is indeed one bizarre license

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