Sunday, February 17, 2013

Office 2013 Home & Business locked to computer it is installed on.

Microsoft is certainly making changes to push people to their subscription pricing.

Previous versions of Office when purchased retail, could be transferred from one machine to another. If you upgraded to a new computer, your computer died or was stolen, you could save money by using software you purchased. Not anymore.

Now Office 2013 retail version when installed is locked to that computer. Most people won't realise this until quite some time down the track and it is too late.

The big losers will be Microsoft tablet users. With tablets dating much faster you'll probably only get two years out of a tablet before upgrading, but you won't be able to reuse that copy of Office 2013 you bought.

Many of my clients have used their copies of Office for five years or more making their purchase very cost effective. That era now appears to be coming to an end.

The subscription model is certainly going to increase software costs for a lot of businesses.

Keep in mind you do have options, such as continuing to use your older retail versions of Office (not OEM). You just need to determine what is best for you.

Kelvin Eldridge
Call 0415 910 703 if you require help with your computer.
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