Windows 8 Store app roaming

Microsoft has announced that the roaming limit for Windows 8 apps has been increased to 81 devices.

Yes, you read that correctly, you can now share apps purchased from the Windows Store across up to 81 devices. The previous limit allowed users to roam on up to five different devices. See also: Windows 8.1 release date, new features and price.

By using the same account login, Windows 8 users can 'roam' their apps on more than 16 times as many device – if you should have that many, which seems extremely unlikely.

Microsoft said: "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."

The change will take place on 9 October, shortly before the company launches Windows 8.1 to the public for free on 17 October.

"The change we’re introducing will reduce the friction that most active customers have in being able to access their favorite apps from any device, and will give developers additional opportunities to monetize the incredible reach the Windows platform provides." added the firm.

Although apps which are paid-for will be downloadable across numerous devices, Microsoft said that developers needn't worry as it will lead to more revenue by delivering more ads. However, those with a business model which doesn't fit this will be able to use an API to place restrictions. These must be disclosed on the Windows Store for the user to see before purchasing.

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