MS Office 2016 license question

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  1. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

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    If I buy a package version of MS Office 2016 home edition, would that license be usable on both my iMac and MacBook Pro? With Lightroom 6 (package version), I can install it to both systems and use it as long as I don't use it at the same time.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Are you referring to an Office 365 subscription? Anyway, here are the license requirements for Office 2016 straight from Microsoft: LINK
     
  3. AppleHater thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I meant non subscription version. Home and students right?
     
  4. chscag macrumors 68000

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    The link I included also shows the stand alone version. For the Home and Student version it's one install on one Mac. MS did away with the 3 install version of the Home and Student version with Office 2011 being the last.
     
  5. DaakuMaujii macrumors member

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    Office 2016 is indeed limited to 1 Mac per license. Which in my humble opinion is ridiculous, every modern home has multiple computers these days. If they sell it as a 'Home' edition, you should be able to use it at home; which may include more than one computer. I can only assume they are trying to push costumers toward their subscription-based Office 365 package that includes licensed use for up to 5 users. It's not expensive if you make good use of the subscription, but for a single user who only occasionally make use of the software and doesn't need all the extras of cloud storage space and Skype credit, subscription-based software can become quite an expensive hobby.

    Rant aside, I decided to be bold and install the software on both my Macbook Pro and iMac for personal use, and there was no complaint about licensing problems. Then again, I haven't tried using the software on both Macs at the same time since that scenario would be exceptionally rare for me.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    That's because Microsoft's business model has shifted away from selling licenses to selling subscriptions. If someone wants to use Office on more then one computer or device MS has a product for them. If they're content with a single computer, then there's option as well.

    I'm not saying its ideal, but I am saying that there is a solution.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Does anyone know if the non-subscription Office 2016 version suffers from the same licensing/cloning issue that Office 2011 has? That is, if you clone your HD (to a new SSD, for example) then physically install the new SSD to your Mac, you must re-input the license number.

    This comes up quite a bit these days with a lot of people upgrading to SSDs. Unfortunate for those who don't have the install disks or a record of the number.

    Not meaning to hijack the thread. Seems like the original question is answered.
     
  8. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I believe it does. I've heard from several users who complained about having to re-activate Office 2016 when moving from one HHD to another or an SSD. I never had that problem with Office 2011, but that might be because my 2011 copy is the 3 install version.

    And just to clarify another thing.... there are no install disks for 2016. You either subscribe or you buy the stand alone version product ID from a reseller and then download the suite from MS with the product ID you purchased.
     

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