After an angry social media stinkfest brought on by Office 2013 licensing terms, Microsoft reviewed customer feedback and today announced a change in the EULA that will allow Office 2013 users to transfer the software from one computer to another once every 90 days.
"This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty," wrote Jevon Fark from the Microsoft Office Team. "While the license agreement accompanying Office 2013 software will be updated in a future release, this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms."
The updated transferability agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 desktop software now states:
Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? 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). 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.
That will likely make you smile. Microsoft Research is another area where people tend to be happy with Microsoft as it is interesting and sometimes exciting to see what future tech innovation Microsoft is working on behind the scenes. Getting that glimpse into the future of research and development is what TechFest provides. This year, the technology showcase event included 154 demos and displays from Microsoft researchers around the world. Jim Oker, director of program management for Microsoft Research, said "TechFest helps build an understanding of 'where the state of the art is'."
Intelligent technology, big data and more natural interfaces were three big themes at TechFest 2013 this year.
Are large augmented displays coming to an office near you? The video suggests options for interacting with the massive office displays such as having "interaction menus appear next to a pen-holding hand. Another option is to use a mobile phone to navigate through and select the options we want to use."
SketchInsight allows for interactive whiteboard storytelling via freeform sketching: "The presenter simply sketches an example, and SketchInsight automatically completes the chart by synthesizing from example sketches."
Teaching Kinect to Read Your Hands: Researcher Cem Keskin showed how a new Kinect camera can tell the difference between an open or closed hand, which allows a person to simulating touch events "mid-air."
Microsoft has provided numerous TechFest Demo Highlights, including the nine slides below:
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