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Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013 130

Posted by Soulskill
from the putting-right-what-once-went-wrong dept.
New submitter gewalker writes "Bowing to significant unfriendly customer feedback regarding its new 'no transfer' license for Office 2013, Microsoft has reconsidered and will now allow Office 2013 licenses to be transferred between computers. Actual license language will not be reflected for a few months for shipped products, but Microsoft will allow transfer of license effective immediately. Calls to customer support will be necessary, as the activation servers won't be updated for a few months."
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Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013

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  • Re:Great (Score:2, Interesting)

    by lcam (848192) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @02:08PM (#43095903)

    It seems they don't really have a concrete business model for their core business anymore.

    They are more about tweaking their assets and trying to milk it.

    Maybe in Windows 9, they will retract Metro due to customer feedback, then declare their new changes innovative and declare it a success.

  • Re:Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @02:18PM (#43096015)

    The more I see of metro, the more I like it.

    On touchscreen devices.
    The person that suggested using it on things that do not have a touch screen should still be shot.

  • Re:The car analogy? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by EvanED (569694) <evaned@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @02:59PM (#43096475)

    And I would choose to buy these tires why?

    What if the tires gave you better traction on the road in your common driving conditions than the alternatives? In such a case, why wouldn't you buy those tires? Do you have two cars but only one set of tires, and you move the tires back and forth depending on what car you want to drive?

    (Just to clarify, I'm not arguing that MS Office is better than the alternatives for everyone or everything. But I do think it's better than the alternatives for some things, just like the alternatives are better than MS Office for others.)

  • by blind biker (1066130) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @03:34PM (#43096871) Journal

    No. Microsoft doesn't give a rat's ass about negative customer feedback. The only reason they changed their tune on license transfer of Office 2013, is that the EU has fined them over half a billion, reminding MS that someone is watching. Someone with a big, scary stick.

  • Re:The car analogy? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by poofmeisterp (650750) on Wednesday March 06, 2013 @03:59PM (#43097101) Journal

    I bought some tires for my car and they came with locking lug-nuts. The lug-nuts are weird in that, once fastened, nobody can undo them except for the tire manufacturer. If I want to use the tires on another car, I have to call them and they will allow me to move the tires to a different vehicle.

    And I would choose to buy these tires why?

    It guarantees that your tires are "Genuine". They haven't been secretly swapped with other tires with similar names or have shoddy workmanship. They are 100% unquestionably AwesomeTires(r)(sm).

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