Wait, did Bill Gates just walk into my house and card me?
August 12, 2012 2:11 PM Subscribe
I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package?
posted by scaryblackdeath to Computers & Internet (17 answers total)
Every time I open MS Office on this computer, it gives me a pop-up claiming I have too many copies of MS Office for the license. It blocks me from using the files. I can email the files, sort them, delete them, etc., but I can't open and read or change them.
My research thus far has explained that MS Office licenses allow for a license to be shared between a desktop and a laptop, but not two desktops. (Don't ask me how MSO knows the difference.) Naturally, I have a ton of personal files on my MS Office programs.
A couple of friends have told me I should just switch to Open Office, but I I don't know that's a good idea, since that seems to hamstring a lot of options for sharing files (i.e., sending people Word or Excel files, which I do often). I have no personal loyalty to Office; it's just what I'm used to using and what most of the world seems used to as well.
The problem is that MS Office is painfully expensive... are there smart options for this?