Office 365 home or business EULA?

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  1. eclipse macrumors 6502a

    eclipse

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    Hi all,
    I'm totally confused by Microsoft Office 365 Home and student subscription. Sure it would let me download Office onto 5 computers, whether PC's or mac. But what if one of them is used for a home business? It's my home: but we run a design studio at home and one of us uses ADOBE products to generate an income. (The Office stuff is NOT income generating, but just tax related spreadsheet and maybe opening a Word file from a client now and then).

    What do you reckon? If the software-Nazi's hit on our front door and demand to see all our computers, can we tell them to go away, this is our home?

    If they DO have authority to check all our computers, can we tell them that the MICROSOFT SALES PERSON I SPOKE TO TODAY (in Manilla) said "commercial" meant a COMMERCIAL PREMISES. Because this is our home, it is excluded, even if one computer might open Word files from clients now and then. (I specifically asked her this, and she assured me that it was OK. I'm not sure if she was just horrified to learn I used LibreOffice myself, and wanted to convert me to the Microsoft cult more than anything... including the truth?)
    What do you all think?

    Australian prices:
    Microsoft Office Home and student subscription is $119 per year (1 to 5 computers) - $25 rebate till April.

    Small Business (1 to 25 computers) is $13.50 / month, and would of course more than cover us. But that's $162 a year (clearly claimable by our business).

    Or should I just clip my kid around the ear-hole, and tell him he's in Year 9 and big enough to learn Libreoffice IMPRESS and not rely on pretty Powerpoint templates to do all his design for him? What do others here with a family + home business do?
    Cheers.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    If you're using the computer for business or commercial purposes then it would not fall under the umbrella of MS' consumer products, even if you don't use office to generate income.

    I work in an office, and use word/excel yet my job is overhead, i.e., I don't generate income, yet that doesn't matter - its commercial.

    Will they come and break down the door, no.
     
  3. eclipse thread starter macrumors 6502a

    eclipse

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    I thought as much. So what was going through that tele-rep's head? Thanks for your comment, anyway.
     

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