Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Microsoft Microsoft has released Office 365 Home Premium. Ars has a review up: "Just like Windows 8, this cloud-tethered version of Office may have a hard time convincing home users it's time to upgrade. There are many useful new features in some of the most heavily used applications of Office, and the new add-in apps provide a useful way to pull external content into documents and presentations. The real question is whether customers - especially consumers - will buy into the service format." You're looking at EUR 100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium. Sure, it's for five PCs - but one, who has that many PCs these days other than families, two, even among those families, how many need Office for five PCs, three, who doesn't buy Office once and just installs it on all PCs in the house, and four, you can't use it for commercial stuff. In other words, virtually everyone is better off buying regular, non-subscription Office 2013 Home & Student. You pay EUR 139 once (instead of EUR 100 every year), and it's yours forever. I really don't understand who the subscription service is for - it's screaming for a single-license, EUR 25 per year option. Also, lose that ridiculous non-commercial bullshit.
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benali72
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2008-05-03

"...virtually everyone is better off buying regular, non-subscription Office 2013 Home & Student. You pay EUR 139 once (instead of EUR 100 every year), and it's yours forever."

No, it's not "yours forever." You have LICENSED a product, not bought it. Your license is subject to many restrictions. For example, you can not legally move that product to a different machine once you've installed it, nor move it to a new computer if you buy one.

"I really don't understand who the subscription service is for."

It's for Microsoft, of course. Since when have they ever kept the customer's interests in mind?

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mahiyu Member since:
2010-08-06

"...virtually everyone is better off buying regular, non-subscription Office 2013 Home & Student. You pay EUR 139 once (instead of EUR 100 every year), and it's yours forever."

No, it's not "yours forever." You have LICENSED a product, not bought it. Your license is subject to many restrictions. For example, you can not legally move that product to a different machine once you've installed it, nor move it to a new computer if you buy one.


My understanding was that the European Court of Justice had ruled that software licences could be sold on, so logically there should be no problem transferring the licence to another PC, at least in the EU.

It would be interesting to see how well a lot of these "legal" licence restrictions would hold up in a court of law.

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