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Microsoft's Surface Not Suitable for Commercial Use
pokemon
unwiredben
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 http://office.com/officeRT.


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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Thanks for the explanation. I didn't see anything in the MS language about getting a license for RT with a desktop business system license, but if that's the correct understanding, it makes more sense.

The link in your original quotation (http://office.com/officeRT) leads to an FAQ, and one of the answers is as follows:

"As sold, Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final edition are not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. However, organizations who purchase commercial use rights or have a commercial license to Office 2013 suites can use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities."

Mine is just a more long-winded -- but I hope more useful -- version ;-)

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