Ok, now it's seriously time to seek out altenratives. Microsoft has changed their licensing scheme to make it very difficult to support not-for-profit organizations with extremely limited resournces:
But Microsoft really doesn’t want to sell you that perpetual license. As I pointed out when I did the math on Office subscriptions last September, “Sticking with ‘traditional’ software will cost you dearly.”
That’s more true than ever with Office 2013. Here’s a list of the stark difference between perpetual-license editions of the Office 2013 and the equivalent products sold through subscription:
- You get much less software compared with the subscription editions. Office Home and Student, at a cost of $140 for a single license, gives you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. With an Office 365 Home Premium subscription, you get those programs and Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
- You have to pay for future versions. The subscription version always entitles you to the most recent version. With a perpetual license, you pay once but have to pay all over again for new versions.
- Multi-PC editions are no longer available. In some editions of previous Office releases, Microsoft included the right to install the software on two or three PCs. With Office 2013, the retail editions are for one PC, no exceptions.
- Your perpetual license is locked to one PC. The new license agreement contains identical language for all three retail editions: “Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may not transfer the software to another computer or user. You may transfer the software directly to a third party only as installed on the licensed computer, with the Certificate of Authenticity label and this agreement.” That’s a change from the license terms of previous Office retail versions, which entitled you to reassign licenses between devices you own, as long as you do so no more than every 90 days.