Let's be honest, Microsoft hates how most people pirate their software. It makes them drive their prices up, and puts them in an awkward situation where it's seriously starting to affect the consumers. By restricting how many times one can use their product key, it makes us grimace to think that we have to spend more money on something we already bought and should be free of charge. But this puts a whole new spin on things: Office 2013 will be locked to one computer only, ever. If one needs to upgrade, reformat, or put it on a laptop, they will need to buy a new product key. One would have to wonder how this will affect corporate keys, but so far Microsoft is going with the no comment phase for right now. What does this mean for other companies, what kind of trend is Microsoft trying to set? It only makes more people want to consider using Apple or Linux instead of PCs altogether. For people looking for free alternative solutions, OpenOffice is a good piece of freeware. It even produces documents into Microsoft Office formats and vice versa. Maybe it will take Microsoft to lose thousands if not millions of consumers before they change their ways. Who knows, maybe this trend is for the best considering the situation?
Also, why do we even need an Office 2013? Wasn't Office 2007 enough? Was Office 2010 even needed? What did we even gain from the last version and this upcoming one?