Microsoft has confirmed something that has been speculating for a few days. The Office suite that is sold in the box cannot be transferred from one computer to another. Thus, if the computer breaks down or if data is lost, the user will have to buy a new Office package to be able to use these applications. The reason behind this decision could be the company's desire to promote the new subscription model for Microsoft office software .
As confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson to Computerworld (a point that can be seen on the company's own website when making the purchase), the versions of Office 2013 Home and Student and Office 2013 Home and Business will only be available for a computer. This means that in the event that we buy a new equipment or the equipment is damaged, the user will have to buy a new Office license . Everything indicates that the main reason why Microsoft has established this limitation is due to its intention to deploy its Office 365 Home Premium subscription model .
It is a version that includes the tools Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and One Note through a download link (the traditional box format is abandoned). In addition, to make the offer more attractive, Microsoft has incorporated the Outlook messaging tool and a series of competitive advantages such as 20 GB of additional storage in SkyDrive (for the duration of the subscription) and 60 free minutes of international calls in Skype . All of this with the capacity to install the Office office suite on five computers simultaneously. The price of this subscription model is 100 euros per year or 10 euros per month.
Mientras, las versiones del software en formato tradicional ascienden a los 130 euros para la versión Office 2013 Hogar y Estudiantes o a 270 euros en el caso de Office 2013 Hogar y Empresa. Otro de los motivos que pueden explicar la decisión de la compañía de evitar la posibilidad de transferir las aplicaciones a otro equipo está en un intento por limitar la piratería, aunque Microsoft podría haber establecido un sistema similar al de Office 365 por el que la suite queda ligada a nuestra cuenta de Microsoft y no a un ordenador en concreto.
With decisions like these, it will end up pushing the subscription model, more closely linked to the way in which different services are being deployed through the network, although there is also the danger that more and more users will opt for another alternative solution, such as Google Docs (if we think of web-based tools) or more traditional alternatives like LibreOffice (by the way, version 4 of this suite has just been released ). The Office division continues to be the most important within the business of the American company, slightly above Windows.