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Old 16th February 2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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Microsoft switches to a "one computer only, permanently" licence with Office 2013

Microsoft switches to a "one computer only, permanently" licence with Office 2013.

In previous versions you could install it on your PC. And then when you get a new PC, install it on that one. Not any more.

If you want that ability back you have to get the new subscription version of Office called Office 365 which is a hundred bucks a year plus tax. And even then it is only allowed on 5 devices and you technically don't own it, you are subscribing to it.

http://www.slashgear.com/office-2013...home-16269573/

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an Office 2013 license locks the software suite to the first computer upon which it is installed, leaving users who buy a new computer out of luck. This is a change from the end user license agreement of times gone by, which allowed the license to be used on a different computer.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “We’ve been very clear in all of our communications that customers seeking transferability should get Office 365 and that Office 2013 is licensed to one device.”

http://www.slashgear.com/tags/microsoft-office-365/

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...5Launch_012813
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Old 16th February 2013, 04:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by OnlyTellsTruths View Post
Microsoft switches to a "one computer only, permanently" licence with Office 2013.

In previous versions you could install it on your PC. And then when you get a new PC, install it on that one. Not any more.

If you want that ability back you have to get the new subscription version of Office called Office 365 which is a hundred bucks a year plus tax. And even then it is only allowed on 5 devices and you technically don't own it, you are subscribing to it.

http://www.slashgear.com/office-2013...home-16269573/




http://www.slashgear.com/tags/microsoft-office-365/

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...5Launch_012813
I doubt that'll fly in some part of the EU where "permanent licence" starts to be taken as "it is yours", therefore you willb e able to move it to another newer PC.

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And even then it is only allowed on 5 devices and you technically don't own it, you are subscribing to it.
The permanent part of it was what made it owning it despite the "you are subscribing a licence".

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Old 16th February 2013, 05:45 AM   #3
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Just one more reason to switch to LibreOffice.
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Old 16th February 2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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Just one more reason to switch to LibreOffice.
I was going to ask, what does this latest iteration of Microsoft Office do that I can't do with Libre Office and/or Google Docs?
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I've been using OpenOffice for years, it does everything I need. That said, it sounds like LibreOffice is more frequently updated and better supported, so maybe I'll give 'er a shot.
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Old 16th February 2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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I willl never, ever buy Office 2013. How unbelievebaly stupid, you replace your computer you have to buy a new copy?

Go **** yourself MS. I'll stick with Office 2007 until it no longer works, then use Open Office or something.
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Old 16th February 2013, 08:36 AM   #7
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OpenOffice does everything I need it to at home. Meanwhile, we finally migrated to Office 2010 about a year ago at work. I absolutely positively hate it. I can't figure out what it improved over the earlier version, other than making menus harder to find, and occasionally being slower than ****.
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Old 16th February 2013, 09:03 AM   #8
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I was going to ask, what does this latest iteration of Microsoft Office do that I can't do with Libre Office and/or Google Docs?
Sadly, interact properly with other copies of Microsoft Office, which is used by a vast majority of businesses in many countries.

If you're using an office suite for personal use, LibreOffice is pretty good. If you're running a business and need to exchange documents with another business, LibreOffice doesn't cut it. Running a complex Word document through LibreOffice and back to Word again is like running English text through a translation program into Dutch and back to English again: the results are likely to be intelligible, but not very pretty.
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Old 16th February 2013, 09:47 AM   #9
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Sadly, interact properly with other copies of Microsoft Office, which is used by a vast majority of businesses in many countries.

If you're using an office suite for personal use, LibreOffice is pretty good. If you're running a business and need to exchange documents with another business, LibreOffice doesn't cut it. Running a complex Word document through LibreOffice and back to Word again is like running English text through a translation program into Dutch and back to English again: the results are likely to be intelligible, but not very pretty.
That seems to be the sum total of the MS value proposition. I wonder how many more years they can keep that going.
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Old 16th February 2013, 10:41 AM   #10
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Sadly, interact properly with other copies of Microsoft Office, which is used by a vast majority of businesses in many countries.

If you're using an office suite for personal use, LibreOffice is pretty good. If you're running a business and need to exchange documents with another business, LibreOffice doesn't cut it. Running a complex Word document through LibreOffice and back to Word again is like running English text through a translation program into Dutch and back to English again: the results are likely to be intelligible, but not very pretty.
Meh. So is using Microsoft Office with other versions of Microsoft Office.
Do they pay some attention to being compatible with recent versions? Sure.
Does that mean that the newer Office version will do something reasonable with the older Office version? Not necessarily.
At least if I'm using OpenOffice, I can have someone with whom I am in correspondence install the same version I'm using, and it won't cost them anything.
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I wonder if this will really have any effect?

How many legal individual sale copies of MS Office are there? The businesses I've worked for have had site licenses. The individual copies I've used on home PCs have been pretty much, what's the word I'm looking for, stolen.


Well, actually, just marginally legal. I've had MSDN subscriptions, and installed Office on several "development" machines.
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This is mainly part of the shift to the Cloud, at my employer we gave up on our Exchange server and went to Outlook.com, it doesn't do all an Exchange server does but we don't have to maintain it. We do have to switch to 360 in march or april.

Now $99 a year is a big whack for a home user, so fairly stiff.
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Old 16th February 2013, 11:06 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by TjW View Post
Meh. So is using Microsoft Office with other versions of Microsoft Office.
Do they pay some attention to being compatible with recent versions? Sure.
Does that mean that the newer Office version will do something reasonable with the older Office version? Not necessarily.
At least if I'm using OpenOffice, I can have someone with whom I am in correspondence install the same version I'm using, and it won't cost them anything.
Well, it will cost them zero dollars / euros / etc out-of-pocket. But it will cost them in time and effort to locate the version you're using (provided it's still available somewhere for download), install it, and (should they wish to make changes to your document and send it back), the time required to learn enough about LibreOffice to make the change.

If they don't want to take the time to do that, then they have to compose an email that says, "On page X in the paragraph that starts with "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ...", you should add in "adipiscing" after the phrase "Aenean semper, dui eu egestas", etc. Then the receiver has to do the work of making all the described changes and email the resulting document back to make sure he got everything correct. That's not very efficient.

An extreme example of this would be me suggesting you install Linux on your Windows computer because I sent you a file that originated in a program that runs only on Linux. Hey, Linux is free, right? (Don't get me wrong: I like Linux. But I don't suggest everyone run it. I do, however, I wish more people did.)
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Old 16th February 2013, 11:09 AM   #14
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Meh. So is using Microsoft Office with other versions of Microsoft Office.
Do they pay some attention to being compatible with recent versions? Sure.
Does that mean that the newer Office version will do something reasonable with the older Office version? Not necessarily.
At least if I'm using OpenOffice, I can have someone with whom I am in correspondence install the same version I'm using, and it won't cost them anything.
I'd say 95% of my clients would refuse any request to install anything on their systems.
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I'd say 95% of my clients would refuse any request to install anything on their systems.
And in larger businesses, the PCs are locked down so they can't simply install some random program downloaded off the internet. Even though the program itself may be legitimate, it's easy for people to get fooled by shady download sites that offer not only the program you want but a bunch of crapware, too. Sometimes they go so far as to alter the installation program to install the malware along with the program you asked for.
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So if my hard drive fails I have to buy a new version of Office?
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And in larger businesses, the PCs are locked down so they can't simply install some random program downloaded off the internet. Even though the program itself may be legitimate, it's easy for people to get fooled by shady download sites that offer not only the program you want but a bunch of crapware, too. Sometimes they go so far as to alter the installation program to install the malware along with the program you asked for.

Yep. They can certainly have policies that preclude them from using whatever program you're using. And they can, no doubt, screw up in attempting to use whatever program you're using.

It will be interesting to see if under the subscription model, you receive regular updates to your word processing software.
If so, I wonder how long it will be before a regular update breaks a file using some less-often-used function written under a previous version.
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Just one more reason to switch to LibreOffice.
Yup.
Microsoft want to get out of the software field Linux will fill the gap and improve the packets
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Well, it will cost them zero dollars / euros / etc out-of-pocket. But it will cost them in time and effort to locate the version you're using (provided it's still available somewhere for download), install it, and (should they wish to make changes to your document and send it back), the time required to learn enough about LibreOffice to make the change.

If they don't want to take the time to do that, then they have to compose an email that says, "On page X in the paragraph that starts with "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ...", you should add in "adipiscing" after the phrase "Aenean semper, dui eu egestas", etc. Then the receiver has to do the work of making all the described changes and email the resulting document back to make sure he got everything correct. That's not very efficient.

An extreme example of this would be me suggesting you install Linux on your Windows computer because I sent you a file that originated in a program that runs only on Linux. Hey, Linux is free, right? (Don't get me wrong: I like Linux. But I don't suggest everyone run it. I do, however, I wish more people did.)
How much shared document editing really goes on between different companies? Is it enough to justify the cost of thousands of licenses across a large enterprise? I could see it for professional services firms. But it seems like many large companies could standardize around Libre/Open Office, require vendors and service providers to use that platform, and deploy MS licenses if and when they are needed for special situations.

Does MS Office provide technical advantages or capabilities not available in FOSS? My own needs in this area are primitive. I can't tell the difference.
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How much shared document editing really goes on between different companies? Is it enough to justify the cost of thousands of licenses across a large enterprise? I could see it for professional services firms. But it seems like many large companies could standardize around Libre/Open Office, require vendors and service providers to use that platform, and deploy MS licenses if and when they are needed for special situations.

Does MS Office provide technical advantages or capabilities not available in FOSS? My own needs in this area are primitive. I can't tell the difference.
My guess - it's what everyone else does, and what they have always done, so it's what they'll always do (until any pain caused by ms office justifies potentially large projects to choose a successor).

I use word, excel and PowerPoint daily at work. I use perhaps 1% of the available features of word and PowerPoint and maybe a bit more of excel. I doubt I'm unusual here. So, yes, I do think a lot of people could switch without losing anything (I'd go as far as suggesting most people could in fact)
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How much shared document editing really goes on between different companies? Is it enough to justify the cost of thousands of licenses across a large enterprise? I could see it for professional services firms. But it seems like many large companies could standardize around Libre/Open Office, require vendors and service providers to use that platform, and deploy MS licenses if and when they are needed for special situations.

Does MS Office provide technical advantages or capabilities not available in FOSS? My own needs in this area are primitive. I can't tell the difference.
I don't know about shared editing, but you'd at least like it to render similarly in the two different places.
In those situations, I've taken to printing to a .pdf file. Though that can have problems, too, if fonts get substituted. And of course, some people don't like Adobe, the same way some people don't like Microsoft.
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I'm so happy to hear this! Another big boost for Open Office and GNU/Linux!
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Anecdote: When I was in school I ran into problems because OpenOffice had odd formatting quirks (There was odd auto-spacing after line breaks and headers were problematic).

A few weeks ago my sister was using LibreOffice for her schoolwork... and she had the exact same problems.

For my work Mail Merge is essential, and I hear LibreOffice is... not too successful in that regard.

And when working with other people, native file format support is almost essential. But this is more of a social problem than an intrinsic software one.

Basically, I would like to leave Office, but I haven't reached the cost/benefit yet.
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So if my hard drive fails I have to buy a new version of Office?

I suppose so, unless someone corrects me. (Or if it doesn't "fail" to the point where you can't clone it perhaps?)

Maybe I should have changed the title of this thread to "one hard drive only, permanently"....

If any other parts of your PC fail you should be good.
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And, MSDN Premium Subscribers are now down to 5 allowed installations of Office, instead of the prior limit of 10, this year.
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So if my hard drive fails I have to buy a new version of Office?
You know, I don't think so! I think you are allowed to re-install Office onto the same machine, if you ever needed to.

For one thing: The Activation process is tied to a unique ID for your machine. As long as the replacement hard drive is in the same machine, it should produce the same ID. Thus, the activation should still be allowed.

I don't know this officially. But, I would be surprised if I was wrong.
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You know, I don't think so! I think you are allowed to re-install Office onto the same machine, if you ever needed to.

For one thing: The Activation process is tied to a unique ID for your machine. As long as the replacement hard drive is in the same machine, it should produce the same ID. Thus, the activation should still be allowed.

I don't know this officially. But, I would be surprised if I was wrong.
I think that if you change the size of the new hard drive that the algorithm will also change the ID number. I know that when they first implemented this type of system for XP validation there was some wriggle room for things like that but if you say increased the HD size and added memory at the same time that it could trigger the re-validation requirement. Although to be honest in practice if you simply called Microsoft and said that you had simply done some hardware upgrades they would send you a new id number without even bothering to check because it was so common.
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I think that if you change the size of the new hard drive that the algorithm will also change the ID number. I know that when they first implemented this type of system for XP validation there was some wriggle room for things like that but if you say increased the HD size and added memory at the same time that it could trigger the re-validation requirement.
Unless you are using old hardware, this might not be true, anymore.

Processors now have unique IDs, which, I believe, are used to activate the software.

As an alternative, I think they could also go by the MAC address of the network adapter you are using, if you have one; before they start generating the ID based on hardware mix.
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Anecdote: When I was in school I ran into problems because OpenOffice had odd formatting quirks (There was odd auto-spacing after line breaks and headers were problematic).

A few weeks ago my sister was using LibreOffice for her schoolwork... and she had the exact same problems.
I don't use it much, but I haven't seen that problem before, so I had a fiddle around.

When I go to Style and Formatting and select first line indent I get an indentation on the first line immediately after each line break. Is that what was happening? If so, you can fix it by going to Style and Formatting and selecting default or complimentary close.
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I suppose so, unless someone corrects me. (Or if it doesn't "fail" to the point where you can't clone it perhaps?)

Maybe I should have changed the title of this thread to "one hard drive only, permanently"....

If any other parts of your PC fail you should be good.
I've had to wipe my hard drive in order to detect other hardware failures (it gets in the way sometimes for some reason).

Well, it's nice to know that there is at least a chance of getting my software back.

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Originally Posted by TjW View Post
I don't know about shared editing, but you'd at least like it to render similarly in the two different places.
In those situations, I've taken to printing to a .pdf file. Though that can have problems, too, if fonts get substituted. And of course, some people don't like Adobe, the same way some people don't like Microsoft.
You also have to have Acrobat pro to edit .pdfs or many freeware alternatives.
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Old 17th February 2013, 08:57 AM   #32
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How much shared document editing really goes on between different companies? Is it enough to justify the cost of thousands of licenses across a large enterprise? I could see it for professional services firms. But it seems like many large companies could standardize around Libre/Open Office, require vendors and service providers to use that platform, and deploy MS licenses if and when they are needed for special situations.
Between different companies, probably not too much. In the contract scenario I described above, probably the details would be hammered out in emails and telephone calls, and one party would take control of writing the contract and simple send drafts to the other until both were satisfied.

Within a company, probably a lot.

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I know recently I worked in OpenOffice (not LibreOffice, IIRC) on a document containing short paragraphs and quite a few 1/2-page pictures with captions. I'm not very experienced with doing this in either MS Word or OO Writer, but it was quite a struggle getting OO to do what we wanted to do with the document.

I really wish StarOffice / OpenOffice / LibreOffice had gone with WordPerfect's "reveal codes" model instead of the Word's "guess where the page break + paragraph + picture code + italics actually are embedded within the document stream" model.
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Old 17th February 2013, 09:06 AM   #33
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For my work Mail Merge is essential, and I hear LibreOffice is... not too successful in that regard.

Basically, I would like to leave Office, but I haven't reached the cost/benefit yet.
More curious than anything else ... is the mail merge more complex than inserting a name and address into a form letter? How many people do the letters go to? Do you always send to the same list or do you need to select a subset based on (for example) age, postal code, dog owner vs cat owner, etc?

OO has a decent database in its own right, and has drivers that let you connect to other databases. I know it can connect to MySQL and I'd be surprised if it couldn't connect to Access and SQLite. I think it would be interesting to see what sort of challenge it would be to do a rather complex mail merge in both Word and OO.
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I know recently I worked in OpenOffice (not LibreOffice, IIRC) on a document containing short paragraphs and quite a few 1/2-page pictures with captions. I'm not very experienced with doing this in either MS Word or OO Writer, but it was quite a struggle getting OO to do what we wanted to do with the document.
That's interesting - I often find myself doing something exactly like that. Most recently, my neighbor had some exotic tools for sale, and I made him a brochure with photos and captions, two photos per page.

I did it on a computer with an old version of MS Office. I didn't even try to use Word, because it re-sizes photo A as soon as one inserts photo B, and makes the process much harder than it needs to be. Perhaps Libre/Open does the same thing.

My solution is to use Powerpoint and print/save as a pdf... that works pretty well.

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I really wish StarOffice / OpenOffice / LibreOffice had gone with WordPerfect's "reveal codes" model instead of the Word's "guess where the page break + paragraph + picture code + italics actually are embedded within the document stream" model.
I have heard the same thing from MANY people. Why can't developers get this stuff right? Word processing programs are one of the oldest PC applications going, and they still suck.

The best word processing package I have ever used was Envision Publisher, a DOS shareware. It had built-in limitations that make it useless in this day and age, but conceptually it was far better than what we have now.
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Old 18th February 2013, 02:34 AM   #35
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You know, I don't think so! I think you are allowed to re-install Office onto the same machine, if you ever needed to.

For one thing: The Activation process is tied to a unique ID for your machine. As long as the replacement hard drive is in the same machine, it should produce the same ID. Thus, the activation should still be allowed.

I don't know this officially. But, I would be surprised if I was wrong.
It certainly will be tied to something, but what constitutes a 'same machine'? Think I had read somewhere, in fact it could have been regarding reinstalling a MS OS, that it was tied to the motherboard.

If you had an OEM version of the OS, you could ask sweetly if they could revalidate it after a mobo upgrade, perhaps once. But I am not sure regarding a full version which is not an OS. Either way, it's pretty shabby.

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It certainly will be tied to something, but what constitutes a 'same machine'? Think I had read somewhere, in fact it could have been regarding reinstalling a MS OS, that it was tied to the motherboard.

If you had an OEM version of the OS, you could ask sweetly if they could revalidate it after a mobo upgrade, perhaps once. But I am not sure regarding a full version which is not an OS. Either way, it's pretty shabby.

Software is really becoming rental, and that ain't cool man.
No its not but as long as people support that model and ignore alternatives they will only increase.
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Software is really becoming rental, and that ain't cool man.
I agree that these software licensing trends ain't terribly cool.

But, at least there's some way to determine "same machine" in place. There is still hope for those who must nuke their hard drives!
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Originally Posted by Blue Mountain View Post
Sadly, interact properly with other copies of Microsoft Office, which is used by a vast majority of businesses in many countries.

If you're using an office suite for personal use, LibreOffice is pretty good. If you're running a business and need to exchange documents with another business, LibreOffice doesn't cut it. Running a complex Word document through LibreOffice and back to Word again is like running English text through a translation program into Dutch and back to English again: the results are likely to be intelligible, but not very pretty.
As to the highlighted, that is massively and contentiously debatable!
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As to the highlighted, that is massively and contentiously debatable!
Well, the biggest FUBARred Word document I have seen was shared between various Office versions. Opening the file with Libre-/Open Office would result in a readable text, albeit it would be a pain to actually work and edit it.

As far as I can tell, the document originated (or was at least still readable and editable) on an older Office/Win version, probably a student license, that has not been updated regularly. We tried to open it with the latest, completely up-to-date Office/Win, and the two latest Office/Mac versions, with all patches applied.
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So, what stops me from putting MS Office into a VM and then just moving the VM from machine to machine?
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