Office 365 Personal and Home to lift device install limits in October

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Office 365 is preparing to lift its device limit restriction in October for Home and Personal subscribers. As things currently operate, Home subscribers are limited to installing Office apps on ten devices, while Personal users can only install them on one. Starting October 2, these limits are going away, albeit with a couple of caveats.

While you'll be able to install Office on an unlimited number of devices with any Home, Personal, or University account, you'll only be able to stay signed in to up to five devices at a time. If you try to sign into a sixth device, you'll be prompted to sign out of another one before you can continue, according to Microsoft's FAQ on the change. Essentially, you'll lose out on some subscription features on devices where you're signed out, so you'll want to stay signed in on the ones you use the most.

In addition to the abolition of device limits, Office 365 Home subscribers are getting an added bonus. The subscription currently allows you to acquire licenses for up to five people. On October 2, the license limit will expand to six, allowing you to share benefits with another person at the same price. Each person will continue to receive licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Subscriptions also include 1TB of OneDrive storage for each person.

Office 365 subscriptions are available through Microsoft at a cost of $99.99 per year for Home or $69.99 per year for Personal.

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