Thursday, January 30, 2014

Microsoft Lifts Limit Of Devices For Installing Windows 8 Apps To 81

Windows 8, the latest in the Windows line, for touchscreen devices, was released almost a year ago. And the thing best remembered about it is that it could not meet the expectations users had built up by the time of its release. And while the exclusion of basic features like the Start button was one of the main reasons for the sales debacle, another was the option which let users install Windows 8 apps on no more than 5 devices. Said restriction was based on the number of devices registered under a single user account.

Recently, Microsoft announced that it is going to increase the limit of five machines to 81, for a single account. With such an announcement, it is evident that Microsoft is taking up innovative strategies to revive the sales of Windows 8. Check the statistics and you’ll see there are more people calling up tech support to install Windows 8, than there were for Windows 7. This shows how little Windows 8 has endeared itself. The raise on the limit of number of devices would help the business along, considering the added revenue generated from those apps that are ad-based.

However, the latest announcement from Microsoft has put the developers in a state of concern. According to them, with the broad use of apps across so many systems, more issues are bound to occur. But the Windows apps team explains that APIs would exist that would determine where and how apps can be used. According to a spokesperson representing the Windows support team, "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. In response to that feedback… we're increasing the app roaming limit to remove friction from the app installation process. "

It is clear that Microsoft has come up with this venture in order to make Windows 8 more popular, as well as to expand their business. It is yet to be seen how well this’ll turn out.

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