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When you purchase Win 8 for your Desktop/Laptop, how many systems can you put it on?  at $119 a pop, it gets expensive if you have 3 computers and have to pay for each.

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by:Paul Jackson
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You will only be able to activate it on one Desktop/Laptop, you have to purchase for each laptop/desktop
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One. :-(

Get expensive. Yes. :-(
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If you have licenses (xp/vista/win7) for those computers (or other computers no longer in use), consider to buy upgrade licenses, those are cheaper, about 80 USD.
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OK.... I do have upgrades and will avoid the $119/license.

One other question; Office 365.  If you purchase one subscription for one year you can run Office on any computer via the cloud/web right?  Can you run more then on (i.e. you have 3 members of your family who want Office)...... or do you have to purchase the $215/yr. subscription 3 times?  How is that controlled?

Does MS ever give us a break???  Do  I have to be a student again to get a good deal from the boys in Redmond?

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What was relatively cheap was the Home and student edition of 2010. Maybe grab that one if you still can find it. For non-business use, however.
It costed about 130 USD for three installations in one household.
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Understand; however, not a student any longer.  See the question on Office 365..... any thoughts on that one?

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Home users may use it. Don't have to be a student. Does that apply? :)
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My question was on Office 365, MS's cloud solution for Office.... how many users can use a single purchased license?  How does MS prevent multi-users (is it a concurrency issue)?  So if I buy a 1 year subscription for Office 365, I can access Office from any Web Browser and use it.  What if someone in my family also wants to use it?  Is it controlled by userID, concurrency, or what?

Thank you,

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I have no experience with office 365, sorry.
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Thanks!
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