When Microsoft released Office 2013 the thought at Microsoft was that cloud storage is something that everyone would want. It was discovered very early on that this idea did not work well in the corporate environment. Many businesses, even small businesses, did not want their data out there for the world to discover. And as we all know, given enough time and money, any secure environment can be compromised.
If you purchased your license for Office 2013 with a computer, the OEM Office installation did allow one to install the product without creating a Microsoft Account. This solved the problem for many people.
However, the Microsoft Account requirement became a problem when the operating system was re-installed. Some managed providers routinely remove the factory installed image to install an OS image of their own for consistency reasons. At other times, the time effective way of removing a malware infection is just to wipe the disk and re-install the OS.
With the help of Wayne Cooley of Dell Technical Support, a link to download an image of Office 2013 has been found! Wayne found a link in Spiceworks (http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/299174-microsoft-office-2013-product-key-card-requires-account?page=2#entry-20760870) by Peter Court that pointed to a Microsoft download site. That site can be found at http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/39168D7E-077B-48E7-872C-B232C3E72675/media/en-US/HomeBusinessRetail.img. I burnt this image to a DVD (for future use) and installed it with the Product Key supplied by Dell with the machine. I should note that the installation worked extremely fast from the CD for the machine I was working on.
I should also point out that there is another option for any Registered or better Microsoft Partner. You can download the OEM installation environment from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/installation/downloads/Pages/office-single-image-v15-opk.aspx#fbid=0H22b2sEUs- . Although I have not tried it, this should give you the ability to install the same “Out of Box” experience that one would get when first receiving a machine from a manufacturer.
I hope these links help those of us out there that really don’t want our Office environment out in the cloud.