- 12-02-2012, 01:07 PM #76
Apple allows family sharing of apps using the Home Sharing feature of iTunes but it works over local Wifi and when apps get updated it requires the original owner of the app to update and then re-sync the app so it's somewhat of a pain.
Most families share the same iTunes account so everyone just has the same apps, gets updates, etc.
There was a lot of fear Apple would make your iCloud account the same as your iTunes account but they didn't, if they had we'd have the same issues people are running into now with WP where so much is tied to a single login.
- 12-02-2012, 01:24 PM #77
- 12-02-2012, 01:37 PM #78
Support the developers dammit. I've been to events by Microsoft and talked with these folks. What they do is quite challenging, and a pain at times. At least appreciate the fact that they're able to do stuff that you can't even come up with ideas for
- 12-02-2012, 06:56 PM #80
- 12-02-2012, 07:35 PM #82
This is another reason we need an Xbox total family pass me and my fam could each have an Xbox music pass and live have our own collections then if we wanted apps we would buy them on each device but now if you don't want to pay for 2 live accounts 2 music passes etc you have to use the main login on each phone then setup email separately. I will gladly pay say 180 year for a true Xbox pass throw another 80 in there for a video pass.
Remember Zune you could have a total of 5 devices registered on the account and remove 1 per 30 days and that was legally how many had 5 for each person I had 5 but it was each persons
- 12-02-2012, 08:05 PM #83
Android actually lets you store multiple accounts on the phone for use with Google Play making it even easier than iOS.
12-02-2012, 11:38 PM #84
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how about this. if you have 3 family member, A, B, & C, & you only got 1 phone. definitely, when A using the phone, B & C can't use it, same goes when B or C use the phone.
same principle goes to the app sharing, sure you can share the app to your other family member on different phone, but when it comes to using it, only one app can be open at one time. say, A open the app, a seconds later B also open the app, but B got a notification like "app is being used by other member, please try again after the app being closed by the other member" or something like that.
it's a bit complicated, but it erase the "stealing" analogy though & can't be shared when the apps require background task or automatically disabled the background task feature when apps are being shared..
it's an immature concept, sorry -____-
- 12-03-2012, 01:00 AM #85
It's not complicated but god would that be annoying. The easiest way is to change the TOS for developers and add the ability to sign into another account and download purchases. Make an authorization list for accounts just like they do with devices to keep casual sharing at a minimum.
12-03-2012, 07:27 AM #87
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Just like the Apple ecosystem, you have your Microsoft account and the Microsoft Store account. The Microsoft Store account can be set up on your different family devices while they are logged in under their own Microsoft account allowing them access to the apps that have already been purchased.
- 12-03-2012, 07:37 AM #89
12-03-2012, 09:12 AM #91
- 70 Posts
This is something I have said for a long time about Xbox Live. I have a family live account. It sucks that I had to buy 2 copies of Minecraft. I have 3 consoles that share the family account, but if I want any DLC and it be used between accounts, I have to buy it for multiple accounts. It should be shared between the family account. Same goes for the phones. There is no reason for my wife and I to have to buy the same software for each phone. And, I am a developer and I still believe this.
- 12-03-2012, 09:32 AM #93
- 12-03-2012, 10:00 AM #95
- 12-03-2012, 10:52 AM #97
- 12-03-2012, 10:58 AM #98
Does this policy harm MS in the marketplace or drive more users to their ecosystem, and for some...the answer is yes. This policy is preventing some people from adopting MS phones and tablets. How much..who knows? but with a meager 3% of the smartphone market I am not sure if MS can afford to turn of casual users when the market leader (stage right...APPLE) has no problems with their model and they are crushing MS in this space. How many MS execs have losted jobs b/c they can't get their mobile act together.
MS policy is hurting potential switchers...in the real world. As stated before, I refused to recommend that my family buy MS phones for this very reason and I am not the only one.( I know I am a hypocrite b/c I have owned 3 WP..but I am not a big app guy so it doesn't impact me...plus I am software engineer by day and I am heavily invested career wise in MS technologies )
So puff yer chest up talking about terms of services and and watch MS continue to lose sales compared to iOS because of their policies
- 12-03-2012, 11:32 AM #99
- 12-03-2012, 11:36 AM #100
the one thing I'd like to see is the distribution of free codes for a Surface version of the app if you bought the WP version. Since iOS has a unified app platform you can buy an iphone app and rn it on your iPad. Since you can't do that on WP8/W8 it would be nice if the developers helped facilitate such a function.\
Also, on Windows 8 you CAN buy an app once and have multiple users use it. It doesn't work perfectly if the app stores user settings centrally, but it works.
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