Share Office 365 License

I just subscribed to Office 365 and understand that I can install it on up to 5 computers. My question is, am I allowed to install this on my girlfriend's computer, as we do not live together? I noticed that it's technically possible as per http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/install-office-365-home-premium-on-a-family-member-s-computer-HA103478662.aspx, but what of the EULA? Would this go against the requirement of a household?

Or - am I allowed to install it on one of my other laptops and let her use this laptop, with her own Microsoft account? Still, it will be used in other locations than only in my home.

Would the problem be installing it on hardware that do not belong to my household, or would the problem be allowing a Microsoft account that do not have the same home address?

Thanks.
 

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Last updated October 29, 2019 Views 9,343 Applies to:

Hello Mikael,

 

You can install one of the Office 365 license on to your girlfriend’s laptop.

 

It is called as ‘Family Members’, where in you can use the same Microsoft Account in order to install into your closed one’s computers. It need not be required to be live in the same house or doesn’t require to have the same mailing address.

 

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That is probably stretching the intent of "family", but there is no clear definition of the limits. MS does not say what (if anything) it does to enforce the family  criteria.  Same home address is not relevant, since parents are sharing the license with students at post secondary school in widely separated geographic locations.   The exact phrase in the license is
<snip> for use only by members of the same household as the licensed subscriber. </snip
but no definition of a household ...

In order to share your Home Premium license with anyone, "family" (or not), you, the "administrator" of the license have to log in to install it initially on the computer.

Video 1:15 minute: Adding family members to your Office 365 2013 5 installations - Share Skydrive space

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/videos/video-adding-family-members-to-office-VA103985961.aspx - right at the end of this video it says after the admin sets up the Office 365 access, other user accounts on the computer can access the skydrive space. I (Rohn007) have not tested this myself.

The end of this video says you all share access to the 20GB of additional skydrive space. That implies they probably have access to the Skype time too.

 


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Here are some additional brief videos on features of the 365 type license:

Video 1:02 minute: Activate / Deactivate your Office 365 installs

http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/videos/video-managing-your-office-installs-VA103985959.aspx

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Video 1:02 minute: Install Office on more than one computer

http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/support/install-office-on-more-than-one-computer-HA102901468.aspx

You can install your Office 365 2013 Home premium license on up to 5 devices. On each of those devices, multiple family members can have Windows accounts to access the Office apps you installed. You can install Office 365 Home Premium on up to five Mac or PC computers. You can even install it on a family member’s computer. Before you start, check the system requirements to make sure your computer can run Office.  You will access https://www.office.com/myaccount

 

Video 1:41 minute: Get the most out of your Office 365 subscription

http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/videos/video-get-the-most-out-of-your-office-subscription-VA103983580.aspx

 

Office 2013 Video Guides

http://officeignitelabs.cloudguides.com/Office%20Labs.htm

This page has 6 video guides. The first one is a 20 minute intro to 2013 specific features. The other videos are more about deploying 2013.

 

Video 1:21 minute: Use Office anywhere with Office on Demand

http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/videos/video-use-office-anywhere-with-office-on-demand-VA103984836.aspx

Go to Office.com. Log in with you account ID. Open any file from skydrive and a full copy of the App will run.

 

Office on Demand

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/office-2013-beta2/office-2013-feature-focus-office-demand-144117

 

Using Office on Demand in Office 2013

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj733592.aspx

Turn on the “Roaming” addon

 

FAQ- How can I reinstall Office? / I purchased Office 365 Home Premium. How do I install Office on another computer?

https://officesetup.getmicrosoftkey.com/OfficeSetup/Home/SupportFAQ

If you purchased Office 365 Home Premium, you can reinstall Office at any time at office.com/myaccount by signing in with your Microsoft account. You do not need your Product Key to reinstall or install Office on additional computers.

 

Why sign in? Your files and settings are always waiting for you with Office 365

http://blogs.office.com/b/office-next/archive/2013/01/31/why-sign-in-your-files-are-always-waiting-for-you-with-office-365.aspx

 

Slow Word 2013

I experienced a similar issue with slow typing speed in Office 365 Word. I edit a substantial number of Word and Excel documents for work and found the SkyDrive storage incredibly beneficial for working remotely.

I realized though that documents which are being edited from Skydrive, not a local copy, experience the slow typing speed issue.

The fix:   From word:  File, Options. Word Options has an advanced tab on the left labeled 'advanced'. About 3/4 of the way down, a category for 'Save' options exists. The default setting has 'Allow Background Saves' checked. I uncheck this option and instead check 'Always create backup copy' and 'Copy remotely stored files onto your computer, and update the remote file when saving'.

I assume that if you're storing the files on Skydrive, or Dropbox, or web, or maybe even some external drive or flash memory this background save could be lagging and result in typing slowness. Either way, I changed the advanced options, and no more problem. Maybe it'll work for you.

Excel didn't have the option, and I usually save a local copy anyways due to the working file size.

*I run windows 7 with office 365 and windows surface pro with win 8 and office 365. 4gb memory each.

 

Slow Excel 2013 - Rubber band effect, delayed Response time when typing – Disable Animation feature

In Office 2013 MS added a funky new UI feature called “Animation”. It is supposed to “smooth out”, or some such nonsense, cursor movement in the applications. I first noticed it in Excel 2013. I found it so annoying that that “feature” alone was enough to completely turn me off from using the whole Office 2013 bundle. Fortunately, or not (?), I found these fixes.

<snip> Hi, I have exactly the same problem, Excel2013.

Just opened a new spread sheet, typed the nr 1 in cell A1 to A22, took me about 10 seconds.

Took excel 55 seconds to display, looks like slow motion.  </snip>

 

The article in the first link has a link to another article with a downloadable file that will make the change without you having to edit the registry manually

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There's an easier fix for the "rubber band" animations in Excel - just turn them off in File menu > Options command > Advanced option > Display section > turn on “Disable hardware graphics acceleration”

*********** Registry Hacks *********

http://winsupersite.com/article/office-2013-beta2/office-2013-tip-disable-animations-143779 - Reg hack

http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/07/21/disabling-animations-in-office-2013/ - Reg hack

Note, you may have to also add the “Graphics” key.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics]
"DisableAnimations"=dword:00000001

To see the effect of disabling Office 2013 animation, you’ll need to reboot your computer. 

To reverse the effect, change the value of the added DWORD to its default of 0.

 

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Alternate, related solution

I'm using Windows 8, and found a different solution there:

To disable Windows animations (this is secondary IMHO, but may be required):

·      On the metro start screen type Edit,

·      <tab>, <down Arrow> to then move the search results down 1 to "Settings"

·      "Edit system environment variables" is the first thing in second column on my search results, yours may vary

·      double click on it

·      provide the admin password to display the "System Properties" dialog

·      In the "Advanced" tab, Performance section, click on the "Settings..." button to display the "Performance Options" dialog

·      Personally, I prefer to select the "Adjust for Best Performance" option to get rid of the frilly "bells & whistles" that do not contribute to efficiency of my system.

·      At a minimum, confirm that the "Animate controls and elements inside Windows" option is disabled/unchecked.

·      Click on Apply

·      OK out

·      boot the computer

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Under options > advanced > turn off  “allow editing directly in cells”

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Here is another idea worth looking at :<snip>

I have had this problem also when authoring user guides.

 

Eventually I found that if I switched off the "Maintain compatibility" check box in the Save As dialog the problem disappeared.

Word may be scanning each element to make sure it maintains compatibility.

 

See this screen capture: https://www.dropbox.com/s/djupspb2572kd9i/Word%20Slow%20Typing.png

 

</snip>

 

Calming Down the Grandpa in Office 2013 - Fix UC Tab - Upper Case Tab - Capital Tab

http://ricbret.wordpress.com/2013/01/

Graphic instruction for fixing the all upper case tab labels design mistake

 

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Yes, what I would like is a definition of household. If Microsoft means I could share it with my partner, or if they are going by the legal definition of family. 

As I am still not sure, I will refrain from installing it on any other computer than my own. Even if Nayana (Support Engineer) claims that I indeed could. If you could provide an official definition or re-confirm the above, I would of course be happy to share it.

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Hello Mikael,

You can install one of the Office 365 license on to your girlfriend’s laptop.

It is called as ‘Family Members’, where in you can use the same Microsoft Account in order to install into your closed one’s computers. It need not be required to be live in the same house or doesn’t require to have the same mailing address.

For further clarification, reply and we would be happy to assist.

Thank you.

My daughter lives in a townhouse next door may I install one of my Offce 365 licenses on her husband's computer?

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My mother lives in another country, can I install one of my Office 365 licenses in her computer?

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Probably.

I have not seen any limits defined by MS on how far distance or geographically you can share your Home license. 

You are not "activating" a product key, so in theory, the sales region limit would not apply.

MS has always been vague about sharing "Home" licenses, even when it was Office Home and Student for 3 computers.

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