Microsoft: Every Office 2013 would only service one set of computer
Microsoft has confirmed that, once if the user installed the Office 2013 in his own PC, the authorization will not be transferred to other PC users.
This means that all versions’ Office 2013 could only install in a PC with multiple installations, but may not be assigned to any other PC. As for the situation that after the PC stolen, lost or damage, if the user would transfer the authorization of Office 2013 to others, the public relationship department of Microsoft has refuse to comment.
Though the cheap version of Office 2010 has had such similar limitation, but this kind of limitation has not the same situation of with Office 2013 that applies to all the commercial versions of Office 2010.
Some people in the industry consider that, Now Microsoft is aim to promote the user’s purchase of Office 365 Premium suite which is based on the cloud computing. Microsoft’s spokesman said: "We have made it clear in all kinds of statements that, the users who request the transfer function may purchase Office 365, other than Office 2013 which would only be authorized to one set of device.
The Office 365 premium could be installed in up to five sets of devices, so it’s “Transfer” could be allowed for several times. The subscription fee of Office 365 is 7.99 pounds ($9.99), but the annual fee is 79.99 pounds ($99.99), therefore, it will be more cost-effective for the yearly payment.
For some loyal Office users, once the laptop stolen or hardware failure, they could only spend money again to pay for the Office authorization to the new PC and this will increase their burden undoubtedly. The people in industry pointed out that, Microsoft should adjust this policy and it should not to punish those users who have spent money to buy its products.