Microsoft Home and Office 2010 Licensing Query

Hi

My client has a number of retail boxed license purchased.
How does the licensing for Microsoft Home and Office 2010 work?

Microsoft  Home and Office 2010 (retail) allows for 3 activations per product key.
So does this allow for one product key be installed on 3 computers?

Thanks
Barry KaySystems EngineerAsked:
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:
Hi,

Yes it allows for 3 activation on 3 PC's  BUT it is what it is, for HOME and STUDENT users.
This means you are not allowed to install it in (commercial) Offices or any other companies.

Offcourse you can, but when audited by MS$ your client will get a big fine.

HTH
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
As far as I know, the Home and Office 2010 EULA only allowed 2 installs: one on a desktop, one a laptop. And that is if you bought a disc version. If you only bought the key card you are only allowed 1 install.

The variant with 3 allowed installs was Home and Student, which cannot be used legally in a business environment.

HTH,
Dan
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Barry KaySystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Sorry .. the correct version name is "Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010" ... So does this allow for install on 3 business PCs per product key?
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:
The answer is NO.

In the agreement for Home and Business there is clearly stated:
Retail software:
One Copy per Device. You may install one copy of the software on one device. That device is the “licensed device.”

If it was Home and Student?
12. HOME AND STUDENT SOFTWARE. For software marked “Home and Student” edition, you may install one copy of the software on up to three licensed devices in your household for use by people for whom that is their primary residence. The software may not be used for commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities.

Feel free to read for yourself here.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
@Patricksr1972: in the case of Office Home and Business, in the link you provided the EULA says:
a.  One Copy per Device. You may install one copy of the software on one device. That device
is the “licensed device.”
b.  Licensed Device. You may only use one copy of the software on the licensed device at a
time.
c.  Portable Device. You may install another copy of the software on a portable device for use
by the single primary user of the licensed device.

So you actually can install in 2 devices, as in my original answer.
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Barry KaySystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
but can those 2 devices be used by 2 different people in the business?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Legally no. The second copy must be used by "the single primary user of the licensed device".
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