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Our friends at Inc. Magazine published an interesting article, "Projects Are the New Job Interviews," on how many hiring managers are now putting candidates to the test with projects, rather than a simple slew of interviews.
We discussed the new licensing and pricing changes with Microsoft Office 2013 a couple of weeks ago (here and here). Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it's reversing the most controversial policy change and will now allow users to transfer their Office 2013 license from one computer to another. Read more about the details at ReadWrite.
This policy change is good news for businesses who still have to weigh whether to upgrade to Office 2013 or Office 365.
According to this week's ComputerWorld article, Microsoft stopped selling multi-user versions of Office for Mac and raised prices on one-license versions. These changes encourage Microsoft's customers to switch to a subscription-based model and start using Office 365, software in "the cloud."
The software industry has been moving to a subscription-based model and utilizing the cloud for some time (ClickTime has been at it for more than 13 years), but it's still major news when Microsoft, the biggest software company in the world, starts shifting its traditional installed-software to the cloud.
Most professional organizations still include Microsoft Office as a critical component of their business software suite. You can still expect to find a copy of Word and Excel on most business desktops. Every three years, a new version of Office comes out and the IT department coordinates the upgrade process. And if you ever work from home, you probably have a copy of Office on your home computer as well.
This year's new version of Office, however, is not the same. Microsoft released Office 2013 and Office 365. Office 2013 is the typical purchased-software option whereas Office 365 uses a monthly subscription model. Deciding which version to buy becomes complicated due to new wrinkles in Microsoft's licensing agreement. If you buy Office 2013, your license is tied to one computer. This means if you buy Office 2013 now, and then buy a new computer to replace your old one later this year, you can't move your copy of Office 2013 to the new computer. What?!?!?! Microsoft really wants people to switch to the Office 365 monthly subscription model.