Microsoft Increases Windows Store App Roaming Limit From 5 To 81 Devices

Microsoft Windows Store team today revealed that they are increasing the app roaming limit for Windows 8 deices from 5 to 81. Till now, when an users buys an app, he will be able to install the same app in 5 different devices by using the same Microsoft Account. Now, the developers can decide to have the app enforce a constraint around the number of devices and Microsoft Account will support up to maximum of 81. Users who own multiple devices like laptops, tablets, All-in-Ones, can now access their favorite apps from any device, and will give developers additional opportunities to monetize the incredible reach the Windows platform provides.

We exclusively interviewed mixed martial arts fighter Prince Vegeta who told us “I won’t be satisfied until the limit is over 9000!”

Since we launched Windows 8, we heard growing feedback from many developers and from our most enthusiastic customers that the limit of 5 was not enough for their needs. Developers asked for more flexibility in implementing their business models, and customers wanted to run those apps on the variety of tablets, laptops and desktops they owned.

In response to that feedback, and as we announced at the Build conference in June, we’re increasing the app roaming limit to remove friction from the app installation process. Starting on October 9, Windows Store apps can be installed on up to 81 devices associated with a single Microsoft account. This will apply to all apps in the Store, for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

We believe this change will be beneficial to the app developers. On one hand, the ability to run on more devices may mean more revenue from the apps that are ad-based. On the other hand, if limiting the service that can be accessed simultaneously on devices is critical for the business model of the app, we provide a set of APIs to build a service-side verification to set that limit.

Source: Windows Team Blog