The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Microsoft's Surface Not Suitable for Commercial Use

I'm very curious about Windows RT and the new Surface device, and I expect I'll be testing one as soon as they start shipping for my Enyo work. However, one item on Microsoft's Surface pre-order page has me a bit concerned. In small print at the bottom of the page is the note:

[2] Microsoft Home and Student 2013 RT Preview edition installed. Final Office Home & Student version will be installed via Windows Update when available (free download; ISP fees apply). Some features and programs unsupported. Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final version are not for use in commercial, nonprofit, or revenue generating activities. Commercial license options available (sold separately). See

So, it looks like all those business users won't be able to actually use the installed Office suite for any business activity. The restrictions are pretty strong -- I expect that looking at a work email attachment on a Surface would violate the "no commercial" aspect of this. Obviously, MS does want the surface to become a back-door replacement for enterprise PCs with their expensive bulk-purchased commercial Office suites, but this seems like a very strong limitation for a mobile device.
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