Starting with Office for Mac 2011, activation will be required. Now that activation is required. you also need to look at the differences in how many computers your license allows you to install Office for Mac 2011. If you have multiple computers, you’ll need to know how this affects which version you purchase.
Activation associates the use of the software with a specific device. During activation, the software will send information about the software and the device to Microsoft. This information includes the version, the license version, language and product key of the software, the Internet protocol address of the device, and information derived from the hardware configuration of the device.
REASSIGN TO ANOTHER DEVICE. You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days. If you reassign, that other device becomes the “licensed device.” If you retire the licensed device due to hardware failure, you may reassign the license sooner.
Volume Licensing does not require activation. Home & Student along with the Home & Business versions can be activated online or you can call to activate.
The main differences between Home & Student 2011 and Home & Business 2011 are:
- Home & Student does not contain Outlook
- Home & Student cannot be used for business purposes
Office Mac Home and Student 2011 – Family Pack Version
Licensed for home and student use on three (3) Macs per household; not for use in any commercial, non-profit, or revenue generating business activities, or by any government organization.
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 1-Pack Version
Licensed for one (1) user for install on one (1) Mac.
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 2-Pack Version
Licensed for one (1) user for install on two (2) Macs. A single pack license is also available.
Previous versions of Office
Standard/Business version has 1 CD key
Home & Student has 3 CD keys
Each Product Key represents a separate license to use Office 2008.
Each license entitles you to install on 1 “desktop” + 1 “portable” Mac. The restriction is that you are not permitted to use any of the Office programs on more than 1 of the 2 systems at the same time. If both Macs are on the same network you will be physically prevented from launching an Office program on the second Mac if any Office program is running on the other.
In total, the 3 licenses (Product Keys) for Home & Student enables you to install on 6 separate Macs… Theoretically that means 2 Macs for each of 3 users or individuals.