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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Why not 82???? >=(

MrSimmix says:

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 hope you know that I was joking but yeah, thanks Watson.

MrSimmix says:

No problem Holmes.

We had 311 devices on Windows 3.11, so this makes complete sense. Thank you for the clarification.

nizzon says:

Hey calm down, they are working on it. We will get it in Win 8.2.

aaa6112 says:

Maybe it IS a typo...maybe they meant 8.1 :)

interopbyt says:

Then what would that 0.1 app be? ;-)

Bob101910 says:

One you started downloading but it never finished

ZX9 says:

Why is the subwoofer always .1?

HarkAtYou says:

Because it doesn't have a full range of sound

YA BILLY says:

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

Aaron M says:

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.

cashcar1979 says:

Booyeah!! Now fix Xbox Music four device limit!

Narr says:

Or add a family account option

codynunes says:

Why can't Noka just create one great Native Camera Appliction, and add all of these other lenses and special settings as features to that app/native experience. I am saying Native experience, because Nokia Cam is not fully integrated into the phone (i.e. unable to bypass lockscreen password when waking phone using camera button).

venom5150 says:

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.

aaa6112 says:

how do you sync all the screens? pretty neat.

venom5150 says:

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

It really looks like a hoax but the source seems credible.
That's a lot of devices. Wow. Just Wow!

Yeah! It's great!  But, what's with that number? 81?  81? Not 80 but 81? 

Nik Rolls says:

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.

simphf says:

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.

bobandted says:

Nice, hope it is true

glassadam says:

Yeah that Xbox music limit is killer.

iamoniwaban says:

Damn. I have 82 devices

willied says:

Dang it. I was going to make the same joke. :P

walter1832 says:

Dude, 82 is over the top! You should have kept it at a more reasonable amount, like 53.

Well, than you have to wait til Windows 8.2. :D

I'm going to purchase another 70 devices to prove this theory.

MrSimmix says:

Good luck with that. When you're done proving it could you send some devices my way?

interopbyt says:

I live right across your street, be sure to send me a few Pro 2s too ;)

WinFan1 says:

About damn time.

walter1832 says:

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!

No, its time to put the bong down walter1832.

Nakazul says:

Overkill is a killer way of killing the suspension. :P

Hoekie says:

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.

Zulfigar says:

Completely forgot about the Xbox One ;o

walter1832 says:

Or will it be named, Xbox 81? See what I did there.

teaMJPx says:

Wow. I only needed 7-10 but 81... Can't complain... jejeje

Grizlyadams says:

Damn. I was hoping for 82.

hbjoroy says:

The limit of 5 was a PITA, even my 7-years old daughter got problems from that. Good!

John20212 says:

don't really care, 5 was sufficient for my needs,

freshfelicio says:

81 devices with the Windows 8.1 update. I think now it's clear why it's NOT a typo.

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.

freshfelicio says:

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!"

Rishicash says:

"Daniel has something like 14 devices in his house within sight at the moment" - You must be single! :)

Blu3V3nom07 says:

Windows 8.1 = 81 installs
Also, cool!

mdram says:

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.

Hoekie says:

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.

simphf says:

That way your kids can buy all the apps they want and you get to pay. It's win win.

ErR0rPr0n3 says:

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.

zeronoise says:

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

MrSimmix says:

Ha ha ha ha! It's good to see our community pays so much attention! ;)

simphf says:

Your math is undeniable.

Best post I've seen anywhere in months. Gratz.

AccentAE86 says:

That's great.  I have 7 WP8 devices laying around right now.  And I love every one of 'em.  :)

DJCBS says:

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.

chezm says:

Huge improvement....need to market this like crazy

Xbox Music limit makes sense, I mean... someone has to pay for music.

iyae says:

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

DMuela says:

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

riotnrrrdd says:


DJCBS says:

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.

riotnrrrdd says:

so that means that we're also going to share one xbox avatar ?

walter1832 says:


Manny C says:

Great! I feel this will benefit me on future devices later on.

camptime says:

If you need less to do more why would i need up to 81 devices?

Jazmac says:

Might as well call this unlimited. Most folk will never reach 81.

Kwanton81 says:

I hope this affects game apps - save files being synchronised between devices.

wpguy says:

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.

Jack Larson1 says:

Great. So I'm going to have two have TWO accounts for my+100 ms devices?

lol this is going to be great

sarim_xyz says:

Daniel has 14 WP8 devices? :O I never knew we had 14 different WP8 devices in all! :D

mpt15 says:

I wonder if Daniel would be open to passing those devices to wpc members *bats eyelids*

sarim_xyz says:

He is very generous, I'm sure he will... ;)

andrewkeith5 says:

Where do you think all the pictures for this site come from!?

jsaviour84 says:

People are going to abuse this. We can never have nice things for long

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.

marlasota says:

I think for Windows 10.2 we can expect 102 devices to be tied to Microsoft account.

psiu_glen says:

This is gonna suck when Windows 9 comes out and 72 devices get delisted.

killer rin says:

81 Is soo weirdly huge. They might as well just say Unlimited

DavidinCT says:

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.

DavidinCT says:

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

ninjaap says:

Why even limit at such an odd number? Since its so high, why not just do unlimited?

naydencho says:

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

Allah be praised, I can now give a WP to my 4 wifes and to all my children!

Waiting to see all those '81' devices in India, specially surface series

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!

vrramprasad says:

Nokia and microsoft makes installing window phone apps even easily than ever. Now you can install windows phone 8 apps directly from SD card.