Install Windows 8.1 apps on up to 81 devices, new Microsoft ruling

Windows Store tile in the Start screen Windows 8.1

Microsoft expands the number of apps you can roam between Windows 8.1 devices to 81 from the originally 5 limit. For those unfamiliar, in the past once you bought an app from the Windows Store you’re entitled to install it on up to five devices, including in desktops, tablets, phones, etc. Now the software giant is simply lifting this restriction and letting users roam (install) Windows 8-style apps on up to 81 devices per account.

This is an unusual number and Microsoft hasn’t given an answer yet to why that number, it only said this will make it more flexible. I know that many of you will think because Windows “8.1”, but it could be just coincidental. To my surprise the primary source requesting a bigger app roaming limit came from developers, even though paid app revenue could technically go down 16.5x, if there is anyone person with 81 devices. On the other hand the new change could also be beneficial for those apps that receive revenue from in-app purchases and ads.

The new limit will rollout on October 9th, 2013, and it will available for everyone who install an app from the Store using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Keep in mind that Microsoft is only offering the option to beef up app roaming up to 81 devices, but developers can choose to ignore and restrict this number. As such they are forced to disclose on how many devices a particular app can be installed — Just remember to read all details before buying an app.

Source Windows App Builder Blog

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