Microsoft to allow Windows 8, 8.1 apps to be installed on up to 81 devices on one account

If you have a lot of Windows 8 PCs around the house, or if you are a developer who needs to use more than the usual number of devices to accomplish your goal, you might have been hampered by the fact that Microsoft currently allows for a Windows 8 app to be installed on just five devices per account. Today, the company announced a major change is coming that will greatly expand that number.

In a post on the Windows app builder blog, Microsoft stated that beginning on Oct. 9, it will allow up apps to be installed on up to 81 devices associated with one account for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft stated:

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.

Microsoft's decision comes just a few weeks before the launch of Windows 8.1 on Oct. 18, when a number of new and revamped Windows 8 apps are also expected to be released.

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For me this is the best feature of all the new 8.1 stuff.

I have a genuine use for more than 5. I discovered the limit after setting up my 5 childrens, PC's on Win 8. Having my account as the Admin, then having Kids accounts so I can monitor and control their usage.

I don't have 5 devices myself but my PC plus 5 kids PC's is 6. Then what if I want to buy a Surface as well, or setup a Win 8 PC for the wife? Also I run a Computer Business and like to have my account on some of my client machines as Admin so I can manage more easily.

Very easy to hit the 5 Limit and I think having a large number like 81 will be of huge benifit to allot of people.

Maybe the number was 80 and then some PM said, "What about Ford Sync" ?

In all seriousness this sounds like a good idea.
With NT becoming the staple underpinning in all MS consumer devices, it only makes sense that the licensing model would extend as far as they are reaching.

Wow, wonder what the catch will be. Seems like something that should have been in place all along. Don't know if android has any limits, all I know is that I haven't had to repurchase a single app across as many as ten devices over the years...

Hahaiah said,
Wow, wonder what the catch will be. Seems like something that should have been in place all along. Don't know if android has any limits, all I know is that I haven't had to repurchase a single app across as many as ten devices over the years...

It was in place all along. The limit was 5. Now it's 81. No catch.

Apparently the limit is 25 for the Amazon app store, and Google Play is 10.

rfirth said,

Google Play is 10.

I got caught out by that, not that I have 10 devices, but the fact that each time I flashed a ROM onto my tablet it'd get picked up by Google Play Services as a completely new Device, it showed me as having 3 Nexus 7s on my account, 4 Nexus 10's, 2 Nexus 4's, a GS4, when I flashed CM 10 onto that GS4 and tried to activate it my Google Play just laughed.

well that is interesting to say the least 81 devices with the launch of 8.1 its so many 8s xD and 1s its mind blowing

While it's cool that everything seems to revolve around the numbers 8 and 1 (8.1, 18th, 81, etc), I wonder if there was any logical, non-cosmetic reason for choosing the number 81 for the number of installs of each app?

Della said,
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Enron said,
What about all the people with 82 devices?

Greedy money grabbing gits don't care about their customers, us loyal customers who bought 82 Surface Tablets are being punished.

/s

I am more curious why 81... maybe the limit was 80, but some dev typed an extra "="
int limit = 80;
If (deviceCount <= limit) {
// i can has cheezburger
}

And then, program manager found out..and said "ahh f that... we need to ship.. no time to fix some a trivial bug."

McKay said,

Greedy money grabbing gits don't care about their customers, us loyal customers who bought 82 Surface Tablets are being punished.

/s

is that total sale of the surface tablet?

ThunderRiver said,
I am more curious why 81... maybe the limit was 80, but some dev typed an extra "="
int limit = 80;
If (deviceCount <= limit) {
// i can has cheezburger
}

And then, program manager found out..and said "ahh f that... we need to ship.. no time to fix some a trivial bug."

Not likely. 8.1 can have 81 devices - looks like it was intentional