1. hussain#CB's Avatar
    Hi,

    If i buy an app on windows 8 laptop, can i also use it on my windows phone or do i have to purchase it again?

    Also is it any way to install an app on my phone which is not available in my region for purchase.

    Thanks
    07-20-2013 03:20 AM
  2. Coreldan's Avatar
    As far as I know the two stores are seperate. It might be different for specific apps, but at least I know that if you fe. buy the new Halo: Spartan Assault on your phone, you wont have it on PC/tablet.

    Win RT and Win 8 share the same store, so if you would buy an app that can run on both, you would also have access to both, but the same doesnt hold for WP app store and Win 8 app store at this time.
    07-20-2013 05:15 AM
  3. jjmurphy's Avatar
    Coreldan is correct. microsoft treats PC's and Tablets as one category, phones as another. I don't konw of any that you can buy once run anywhere.
    07-20-2013 07:58 PM
  4. Narse77's Avatar
    Right now Windows Phone has a different store than Windows 8/Windows RT so apps purchase do not share.
    07-21-2013 09:00 PM
  5. DanielSalzberg's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing..do you know if there are plans to merge the two?
    07-22-2013 06:16 AM
  6. Narse77's Avatar
    They said they will be working on bringing the stores together in Windows 8.1 aka Blue
    07-22-2013 12:15 PM
  7. Narse77's Avatar
    Seriously i don't like smartphone or windows phone
    And? no one is forcing you to use anything. Stick with a feature phone if you like.
    07-22-2013 06:35 PM
  8. AR2186's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing..do you know if there are plans to merge the two?
    Yes they are planning to merge within Microsoft's FY 2014 (FYE June 30)
    07-22-2013 06:41 PM
  9. Sergio The One's Avatar
    As far as I know, the only app that you can buy once and run on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 is Galactic Reign, which is worth $4.99 on the U.S. Store. If you buy it in one, you can download on the other as Trial, and when you open it, it'll recognize you already bought it and activate itself. The only caveat is that you only get Achievements on the platform you bought it initially.


    Much Love!
    07-22-2013 07:39 PM
  10. Sergio The One's Avatar
    Yes they are planning to merge within Microsoft's FY 2014 (FYE June 30)
    It's worth clarifying this is only a rumor at the moment. :)
    07-22-2013 07:42 PM
  11. AR2186's Avatar
    It's worth clarifying this is only a rumor at the moment. :)
    No, its not. Microsoft's COO presented a few weeks back and it was on one of the slides.
    http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-rev...one-after-all/
    07-22-2013 11:35 PM
  12. Sergio The One's Avatar
    No, its not. Microsoft's COO presented a few weeks back and it was on one of the slides.
    http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-rev...one-after-all/
    I hear you, but that article is kind of misleading. A common app platform doesn't necessarily mean a unified store. Form factor differences play a big role here.
    I'm not saying is wrong. I'm just saying that there's conflicting information from Microsoft officials.

    This is a quote from an article by Mary Jo Foley who quoted Steven Guggenheimer saying:

    ""Well, it is always a little different on different devices because of the size & input differences, but we are doing a lot of work to make it as easy as possible to reuse code and layout when building across multiple devices.")

    Guggenheimer declined to provide any new guidance as to when and whether there will ever be a unified store for Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox.

    "Nothing to disclose on Stores today," he told another questioner on Reddit.

    Later in the Reddit session, Guggenheimer was asked again whether there ever will be just one store across phone, tablet/PC and Xbox.

    "We have some good learning from the client/server model on where the common core is effective and where it is not. We want to continue to take that learning to the devices/services model," he replied. (I kind of take that as a no, but maybe I'm reading into things.)"

    Check it out. :)
    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-devel...re-7000017430/
    08-09-2013 09:51 PM

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