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How to Extend Your Office 2013/365 Trial to 180 Days

Welcome back for those of you who know Office 365 (Microsoft’s Cloud offering for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office Web Apps) or even Office 2013, I had an issue with a trial version of Office and needed to extend it for a short while so with thanks to HowToGeek I have the below procedures.  Office 2013 is a great product and one of the best Office products Microsoft have developed, it follows the standard ribbon bar that was introduced into Office 2007 but evolves the Office 2010 productivity and tab menu system.  My best feature is within Outlook 2013 with the quick function – you must check that out.

So depending on your Office 365 plan you may have the Office 2013 subscription as part of your Enterprise plan (Ex).  Below will help you extend for a short period of timing giving you that break to renew your subscription or buy Office 2013.

 

What happens if Office 365 or Office 2013 expires
This bar will appear at the top of Word
  • Open up an Explorer window and navigate to one of the following folders. If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, head to:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\

If you are working with the 64-bit release, you should go to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\

  • Hold down the Shift key, right click the folder called OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and select the ‘Open command window here’ option.
  •  Type:

OSPPREARM.EXE

Press Enter, and you’re done.

You can also navigate direct to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform or C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and type OSPPREARM.EXE into Explorer’s address bar before hitting Enter.

Your Subscription has expired and therefore (depending on plan) will cause Office Pro Plus 2013 to expire.

Your Subscription has expired and therefore (depending on plan) will cause Office Pro Plus 2013 to expire.

If you would like any help with Office 2013 or 365 then please feel free to contact us at http://www.outboundcomputing.co.uk – we are a fully qualified Microsoft Office Cloud Partner and would be more than happy to advise.

 

From cloud to consumer – Office 365 home premium

Image from http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/buy/

Image from http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/buy/

 

And so Microsoft has done it, not only updating its Office 365 platform to the latest backend (Exchange 2012,  Office 2013 etc..) and have now released a home premium .  A subscription based service, monthly or yearly and includes a whopping great deal (below) and licensed up to 5 devices:

  • A subscription based service for up to 5 devices to use Office 2013 (PC or Mac).
  • The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access – to me that is the same as Office 2013 Professional – yes I said professional.
  • 20GB of SkyDrive storage which as you know is fully integrated with the Office 2013 suites.
  • Office On-demand – lets see this as Office Web Apps rebadged.
  • Now get this – 60mins of Skype talk each month to 40+ countries – so no more Lync as we can see where Microsoft is going with this merging the 2 products or either focusing Lync for the Enterprises and Skype for the home / SMB.

To give you an idea of the pricing and compare to the other versions of Office 2013, although home premium is a yearly cost I would asume the benefits of this would be free upgrades when Office 2015 / 2016 comes out.  To be this makes are great proposition and gives you an idea of where Microsoft is going.  All I would say is be careful you know where your Skydrive data, but check this:

Office 2013 Comparison Pricing

Office 2013 Comparison Pricing

To get a comparison of the full feature set then please see the new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium here.

Office 365 Home Premium