Microsoft has backtracked on a controversial upgrade plan for its Office 2013 platform.
The company said that it would allow users to migrate licences between PCs whether they have purchased a new machine or replaced a failing system in recent months.
The declaration replaces an earlier ruling by Microsoft which would have limited Office 2013 upgrades to systems which had failed while under warranty.
According to Microsoft, the move was made after gathering customer feedback. Due to public outcry, the company said that it would extend its policy and allow further flexibility with application upgrades.
"Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail licence agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another," Microsoft said in a company blog post.
"This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one," the company said in a blog post.
Under the terms of the new user agreement, users running Office 2013 Home, Student, Business and Professional versions will be able to move their installations between machines.
Microsoft had previously outlined the terms for upgrades to the new Office platform. The company said that it would allow users who purchased copes of the productivity suite after October of 2012 to obtain upgrades free of charge.
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