Microsoft Raises Roaming App Limit For Windows and Windows 8.1

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News Posted: Sat, Sep 28 2013 5:41 AM
Here's an interesting one. You may (or may not) realize that when Microsoft launched Windows 8, it enabled customers to roam their apps on up to 5 devices. According to Microsoft, "this gave customers who embraced the new OS the flexibility to run their apps on all Windows 8 devices they owned, while protecting the app builders' investment and helping to prevent abuse." Evidently, many customers felt that just 5 wasn't enough, and now the company is responding to that feedback.

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. Microsoft is providing a set of APIs to build a service-side verification to set a limit in the event that devs won't be keen on the numerical change, but developers that decide to have the app enforce a constraint around the number of devices "must disclose that constraint to Windows Store customers and set expectations appropriately."

So, it's good news -- but why settle on 81? Quite the odd number.
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CDeeter replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 12:54 AM

Not that strange of a choice - Win 8.1 - 81 devices. Get it?

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