Microsoft Explains Windows App Store Licensing For Users

Microsoft’s Windows 8 will introduce an application marketplace like Apple’s App Store for OS X. The app store can be tried in the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview build and looks like the web and Zune marketplace for Windows Phone. In an article posted on the Windows Store blog, Antonie Leblond has explained the fine print about purchasing apps from the end-user’s perspectives. (Windows 8 tablets based on the ARM architecture will run apps installed via the marketplace only.) Leblond talks about the licensing of apps bought from the store. Here are some details:

  • According to Microsoft’s option to developers, free app trials can last for 1, 7, 15, 30 days or forever
  • A tiny ‘x’ will appear on the app’s tile indicating that the app has expired
  • The expired app cannot be installed on the same PC under another user ID either
  • Settings for apps purchased after using the trial will be preserved
  • The app store will support in-app purchases
  • In-app purchases can have limits too; once expired the user will have to explicitly purchase the in-app feature again, no auto-renew option
  • Apps once purchased can be purchased on not more than 5 PCs
  • Family PCs count as “Shared PCs” and apps can be installed on systems signed-in using your family members’ accounts
  • To install on a 6th PC you will have to de-link a PC from your Microsoft account
  • A vaguely worded line in the post says, we will have to wait for 5 days before installing an app on a 6th PC if a recently added PC was de-linked
  • App updates are free—it’s that simple

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Manan Kakkar

Manan is a technology enthusiast keenly following the consumer products from Microsoft, Google & Apple.