Today, Microsoft announced an update to Office retail licensing agreement that should quell the uprising and force customers to put away the torches and pitchforks. Effective immediately, customers who purchase or have already purchased the Office Home and Student , Office Home and Business , Office Professional suites, or any of the standalone Office applications can move the software to another computer once every 90 days. Microsoft changed the Office licensing in response to customer backlash. A couple weeks ago, Microsoft explained the Office licensing to specify that it is non-transferrable. In a nutshell, if you bought Office and installed it on a PC, and then that PC was stolen next week, Microsoft would expect you to buy a brand new copy of Office to install on your new replacement PC. A post on the Office News blog today announces that Microsoft has listened to the customer feedback, and is immediately changing the Office licensing policy to match the language of the Office retail licensing. Even with the new Office licensing, Office is a better deal. Purchasing the license grants you the right to install the software on a single PC. If that PC breaks, or gets lost or stolen, or you upgrade and replace it with a new one, you can install Office on the new PC. You can also sell or transfer the license to another user. The primary requirement under this license is that the Office software can only exist in one place, and be installed on one computer at any given time.