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Microsoft enables Office 2013 license transfers

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Microsoft has amended its Office 2013 license agreement, allowing users to transfer the product from one PC to another.

The computing giant implemented the move in response to user concerns about its previous policy.

Microsoft Office 2013 screenshot

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Office 2013 owners can now transfer their license to another computer if they purchase a new machine or their PC breaks down, but they may only do this once every 90 days.

"You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner)," explained Microsoft in a blog post.

"If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the 'licensed computer'. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer.

"Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.

Microsoft Office 2013 screenshot

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The new terms and conditions cover Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, and all standalone versions of Office 2013.

Microsoft released Office 2013, which features overhauled versions of Word, Powerpoint and Outlook, at the end of January.

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