Microsoft lifts device limits for Office 365 subscriptions

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Microsoft Corporation will be increasing the device limits for its Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers on October 2nd. Office 365 Home and Personal users will be able to install Office on all their devices, with notable limitations in terms of the number of simultaneously signed-in users allowed.

Currently, Office 365 Home, which costs $99.99 per year, enables five people in a “household” to use the core Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) and get 1 TB per person (for a total of 5 TB) of OneDrive Storage.

Office 365 Personal, which costs $69.99, currently limits one user to installing these Office apps five devices.

Office 365 Personal users can sign into five concurrent devices at the same time. They can load the Office apps onto multiple devices, but only be signed into five.

For Home, the update will include 6 users across all devices. Each user can be signed into five devices at the same time. Technically, this translates to meaning an Office 365 Home customer could have 30 Home subscriptions running at the same time, with each user getting five signed-in devices.

To take advantage of these changes, Office 365 consumer subscribers won’t need to do anything; they’ll just automatically happen.

Office 365 consumer customers also will begin to have the ability to manage their Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions from their Microsoft account overview page.

There has been no confirmation if Microsoft plans to change the limits on the number of devices allowed under Office 365 commercial subscriptions.

Microsoft’s August 30th announcement blog post and the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document contain more comprehensive details concerning the updates.