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Starting October 9th, you’ll be able to install apps on up to 81 devices with your Microsoft account

Windows 8.1

One of the great things about the digital future is the ability to tie your app purchases to your respective account. In the Microsoft ecosystem we get the ability to have up to 5 Windows Phone devices with our app purchases that are tied to our Microsoft Account ID. If you get a sixth device, you’ll need to deactivate one of your previous handsets.

On Windows 8, that 5 device limit was the same as Windows Phone. But Windows 8.1 is going to increase that roam limit quite a bit. How much? A lot.

Right now on Windows 8 you can use your Microsoft account and apps on up to five different devices. It’s easy to approach that limit with all the various tablets, ultrabooks, and desktops you have access to. Especially if you’re into getting new gadgets all the time. Have no fear going forward, because Microsoft is upping your app roaming limits to not 8, 10, or 20 devices, but instead you’ll be able to use up to 81 devices.

That’s insane. Your single Microsoft account can install apps from the Windows Store on up to 81 different devices starting October 9th. We first thought it was a typo and they meant 8, but it looks like 81 is the number of devices you can use with your account. The change comes from feedback from both developers and consumers. This applies for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. 

We’d love to see the same increase on Windows Phone. Although, we’re probably in the minority around here when it comes to having a handful of devices at any time. For example, Daniel has something like 14 devices in his house within sight at the moment (and that's just Windows Phone 8). But, we can all agree the Xbox Music device limit is too small. Only four devices can be associated with your Microsoft account for Xbox Music. Lame.

What do you think of the increase in Windows 8.1 app installs across devices? Good? Bad? Neutral? Sound off below.

Source: Windows App Builder Blog

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Starting October 9th, you’ll be able to install apps on up to 81 devices with your Microsoft account

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When Windows 8.1 is released you'll be able to have 81 devices. Notice any similarities between 8.1 and 81? See what they did there?

I have had to delete a windows 8 device 3 times so far off my account. The limit of 5 was too small.

I just ran into the limit a few days back and had to remove a device.  I wanted to complain about it, but I was worried I was crazy for even having more than 5 devices.  Glad to see I'm not alone.

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Awseome.  I was just looking at how to set up my daughters classroom with the 20 Surfaces last night!!  Her school just purchased 20 RT's and this is the solution.  The school needs one MS account and I will have all the screens sync throughout, apps will all show in the same spot, etc.  The teacher should have a much better time trying to teach the kids.

If you have multple devices connected online with the same MS account, there is an option to sync all start screens to look the same.  I think its on my default but dosent always work when you have diffrent size monitors.  I have my surfaces sync byt my homedesktop with 1920 x 1200 resolution does not sync for example

Yes, this: since Windows 8.1, you can have 81 devices. The date of this change is very close to (or perhaps the same day as) 8.1 GA.

They picked 81 because it is the inverse of 18. And they are both dividable by 9. Also, Privoxy use port 8118 to do it's work.

Or is it about a time damn, in which time is at a standstill and mankind has only one hope of survival. Pee-Wee Herman!

Love it. My family and me have 6 Windows 8 devices. Coming Windows Phone App Store merge, that adds 3. Coming Xbox One that could mean 12 App Store linked devices with app purchases through only 1 MS account! So buy one app, use on 12 devices. Pretty insane.

I dunno, a lot of us thought they meant to type '8' and just typed '81' because 8.1 was written so much. I mean, it makes more sense that they go from '5' to '8', right? '81' is just weirdly huge.

yeah, i mean nobody has 81 devices staning at home. so they could have removed the limit... but they wanted to be funny so they raised it to 81. Maybe this will become a running gag when they increase it again in Windows 8.2 to 82. and in Windows 9 to 90. Just imagine they just finished their presentation of Windows 8.2 and then "One last thing: We raised the bar again, you are now able to install your apps on 82 devices. That's right, 82!"

Is there a way to buy an app on my account and let my kids use them on their MS accounts?  So, if I have a PC and I buy Angry Birds, how can I let them use the app on their account without buying it again?  Seems wierd I can install office on my PC and anyone logging into the PC can use it but not these apps.

Log in Windows 8 with one of your kids accounts.
Open the 'store' app, go to 'Setting', go to 'your account', select 'change user' and change it to your MS account.

I haven't tried this yet, but if anyone has it set up, perhaps you can try when you go to the MS site and add kids (I think I saw the feature in 8.1 security settings as well).
Perhaps you can assign apps that they have access to from your acount or something like that, it would make sense from a parental pov since you maintain what they can and cannot install there anyway and I don't think I know of any (not to say there aren't any) parents who want to tie a CC to thier kids' account directly..  If that's not how they do it, maybe they should.

81 = eighty one which has 3 syllables..81+3 = 84 and half of that is 42. 42 is the meaning of life.... half life 3 confirmed

At the pace in which they are replacing hardware (phones every 3/6 months and tablets once a year) I think that's good. I just highly doubt anyone will ever install the same App on 40 devices, let alone 81. Unless we're talking about a company, but I guess companies would have a different sort of agreement with Microsoft.

I do pay for music. My $10 pm Xbox music account. And I want to be able to listen be it on my Desktop, laptop, windows phone, surface, or gaming rig...right now one of those is Xbox musicless

i think its awesome!.. and im pretty sure that we should see that change on Windows Phone too..

can someone teach me how to tie up WP8 DEVICES ? I HAVE 3 WP8 AND I HAVE KNOWN OF THIS INFO JUST TODAY, AND INFACT I SPEND SO MUCH MONEY JUST TO BUY DIFFERENT APPS FOR ALL 3 PHONES SO CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIGURE THIS OUT ? i'll gladly appreciate anyone's help :)

That's very simple: you must use the same Microsoft ID (your Microsoft email) on all the devices. The Apps are attached to your ID, not to specific devices.

As long as you can deactivate a device and activate a new one to take its place, I don't see why a regular user needs a quota larger than five. I could see allowing a developer to have a higher quota, though.

Awesome. Xbox music DOES need to be expanded to way more devices though. I've already maxed with a desktop, Surface, 2 phones an a Zune HD.

81 devices..er, ok cool
 
But, on the 9th, I can use my Microsoft account to buy apps and games from the Windows 8 store ? All I can say is it's about dam F'N time...

I thought you can already do that? I've been doing it by just putting the code into my Xbox or the Xbox website and going to the windows store and buying games.

You can buy Xbox content and Windows Phone 7/8 apps and games but, right now you cannot buy apps for Windows 8 with your Microsoft account.
 
I would like to use my credit in my account for a few Windows 8 apps
 

That is a step in the right direction. Next step - allow us to buy games once and play them on all devices!

The "81" device limit is gimickly but it (mass licences) could be good for Commerical purposes such as Schools or contracts like Delta Airlines (Surface 2) regardless of platform be it Windows 8.x, WP and the Tablet industry of Amazon (Kindle), Android and iOS!