Microsoft has now confirmed that Office 2013 licenses can’t be transferred to another computer.
In a Februray 19 blog post, the Office team responding to questions about the number of installations people get with the traditional Office suites, transferability, and how they compare to Office 2010 stated, “Office 2013 suites have consistent rights and restrictions regarding transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 PKC, which was chosen by a majority of Office 2010 customers worldwide.”
Further, Microsoft notes that “Office 2013 software is licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable (consistent with the rights and restrictions of Office 2010 PKC).”
Adding, “In the event that a customer buys the Office 2013 software and installs it on a PC that fails under warranty, the customer can contact support to receive an exemption to activate the Office 2013 software on the replacement PC,” the team said.
The team adds that those looking to use Office on multiple devices can choose Office 365 Home Premium, which “works across up to 5 devices on Windows tablets, PCs or Macs”, and “can be activated and deactivated across devices.”
And, college and university students may choose Office 365 University works across 2 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices.
The licensing restrictions applies to all Office suites including: “Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013.”