Usage rules for Digital Goods (“Rules”)

Applies to: Windows 10

Unless otherwise stated,capitalized terms are defined in the Microsoft Services Agreement (“MSA”) or Microsoft Terms of Sale (together with the MSA, “Terms”). These Rules include those in the first section below, which are applicable to multiple Digital Goods (“General Rules”), and those in the table below, which are specific to the applicable Digital Good (or applicable Service providing the Digital Good) (“Additional Service-Specific Rules”). Unless otherwise expressly noted in the Additional Service-Specific Rules, the General Rules apply to all Digital Goods. We may modify these Rules at any time.

General Rules

All Digital Goods are licensed, not sold. Your right to access or use any Digital Good is subject to your compliance with (a) all license terms, license limitations, codes of conduct, and payment terms in the Terms, (b) your payment in full for the applicable Digital Good, (c) these Rules, and (d) any additional terms provided when you acquire your license. Digital Goods may be used only as expressly permitted in the Terms or these Rules; all other uses are prohibited (unless you have contacted the copyright owner and received prior, written consent to the contrary). The Terms and these Rules apply even if the price or payment due for a Digital Good is zero. If these Rules conflict with the Terms (or any other terms), these Rules control what you can do with Digital Goods, with one exception – if the webpage or other page in the Store or applicable Service for a specific Digital Goods item specifies a different number of devices or otherwise specifies particular rights or limitations that vary from these Rules, that webpage or other page will control as to the expressly conflicting statements, but only for that particular Digital Goods item.

Digital Goods are licensed solely for your personal, non-commercial use (which excludes use for promotional purposes), at a level customary for such use. Microsoft may stop distributing any Digital Good, or add to or reduce the capabilities for any Digital Good, at any time. You may lose access to or capabilities of Digital Goods, or have the nature of your access changed (e.g., lose family access, if any), if (a) you violate the Terms or these Rules, (b) you use or try to use Digital Goods in a manner inconsistent with the Terms, these Rules, or the limited license granted to you, (c) you circumvent, or try to circumvent, any technical measures designed to limit access or enforce license limitations, (d) you fail to pay a recurring subscription fee, (e) you fail to maintain a current payment method for your account, (f) you change your country or region, (g) you fail to maintain a current email address associated with your account, (h) you fail to log into a given Service sufficiently frequently to refresh your Digital Goods electronic licenses as described in the Additional Service-Specific Rules below, (i) we cancel or terminate the applicable Service or cease supporting the applicable device, or (j) we lose our rights to continue to distribute the Digital Good to you, or to distribute it to you in the same manner. Except as maybe permitted below, you may not transfer or resell any licenses to any Digital Goods. If you sell any device containing Digital Goods, the purchaser will not acquire any right to use the Digital Goods. We may use technologies to verify your compliance with these Rules.

Certain Services require you to register the devices on which you access Digital Goods and to access the Service from that device in order to maintain access. Registered devices may include personal computers, laptops, tablets, Xbox consoles, and certain portable or mobile devices, to the extent the device is compatible with the given Digital Good. Licenses for certain Digital Goods (e.g. Groove Music content) may be renewed if you log back into the Service and, at that time, have not exceeded device limits. You may need to be connected to a PC to refresh licenses for other Digital Goods. Such loss may be temporary or permanent as determined by Microsoft. If you register too many devices, Microsoft may automatically de-register a device to make room for a new one. Microsoft may limit how frequently you can manually register and de-register a given device to avoid attempts to exceed device limitations. Subject to the above, you can manage your registered devices in the settings page for your Microsoft account or for a particular Service. Not all devices have the same capabilities, and not all Digital Goods or Services (or specific functionalities of either) may be available on any given device. The individual Service may include a list of compatible device types, but consumer electronic devices evolve continually, and it is solely your responsibility to check whether a given device is compatible with the Digital Good you want to purchase before you purchase it. If the Service includes the ability to stream a Digital Good, you must be logged into the Service from the registered device on which you want to stream, and, in addition to limitations in the Terms, your ability to download and stream requires Internet access with sufficient bandwidth, which you must obtain on your own, at your own cost. Certain Digital Goods may be licensed only for the territory associated with your Microsoft account; you may not be able to download or stream (as applicable) such Digital Goods when you are outside that territory.

Certain Digital Goods can be downloaded or streamed, as applicable, only to devices associated with your Microsoft account, subject to the limits stated in the table below. All of the rules in this table apply in addition to the General Rules above.

Additional Service-Specific Rules and Descriptions


Maximum Devices / Users
(unless the Store page or other web page for your Digital Good purchase, rental, or subscription specifies a different number)
(how often you can register and de-register devices)
Required Access
(how often you must access the given Service from a given device to maintain or refresh your license files on that device)
Transfer / Copying / Other
Groove Music Pass 10 registered devices No more than once every 30 days per device At least once every 30 days A subscription to the Groove Music Pass Service allows you to stream or download as many songs as you want on a subscription basis for a flat monthly fee. See for a current list of Groove-compatible devices. You cannot burn CDs from the Groove Music Pass songs. In addition to the above Rules, we may also terminate or suspend your subscription if we determine you are: (a) streaming music to more than one device at a time; (b) burning or exporting music (whether to a CD or otherwise); or (c) using music as a mobile phone ringtone.
MP3 Music

 Reasonable number of devices

Not applicable 

Not applicable Not applicable
Xbox One Digital Games 1 “Home” Xbox One console, and 1 roaming user Not applicable Not applicable Each game you download from the Store has a device-based license and a user-based license. You can designate one console as your “Home” console, and the device license automatically attaches to it, even if it you are purchasing from a different console. The user license is associated with your Microsoft account. A console can be the “Home” console for several people. You can change your Home console up to 5 times per year; when you do so, all your device licenses will automatically move to, and operate only on, the new Home console. Anyone can use your game (or other content licensed to that device) on your Home console under your device license. On any other console, you may use all games to which you have a user license by logging in with your Microsoft Account, so long as you are not concurrently logged in on your Home console. These rules are referred to as the “Home console usage rules”. Some game "Add-ons" and other downloadable content available may be limited to your personal use.

Xbox 360 Games

1 Xbox 360 console Not applicable Not applicable You (and anyone else) can use a game or other content on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. You may transfer that game or other content to another Xbox 360 console using a memory unit or other storage, but you may play it on that console only while that console is logged into your Microsoft account.
Xbox Play Anywhere Games 1 Xbox One “Home” console, 1 designated Windows 10 PC, and unlimited Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One Consoles when signed in (and not concurrently signed in on the Home console or designated PC) Not applicable Not applicable The Xbox Play Anywhere program applies only to certain participating digital games, including those bearing the Xbox Play Anywhere icon on or in a Store (see for a full list). Xbox Play Anywhere games can be purchased in a Store or via a digital code at participating retailers. Before downloading an Xbox Play Anywhere game on your PC, check the game publisher’s minimum system requirements to make sure your PC is compatible. Regardless of the number of devices where the game is installed, you may be logged into the game from only one device at a time. The Xbox One “Home console usage rules” above also apply to Xbox Play Anywhere games.
Games with Gold 1 “Home” Xbox One console, and 1 roaming user Not applicable Not applicable Usage information for Games with Gold games as part of an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Xbox Game Pass 1 “Home” Xbox One console, and 1 roaming user Not applicable Not applicable Usage rules for games as part of an Xbox Game Pass subscription
Video Service Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Even if you purchase video in high definition, the video resolution displayed to you may vary based on content, hardware, and Internet bandwidth. You may be logged in to the Video Service from only one Xbox console at a time.
Retained Rights Video Download on up to 5 PCs, 2 Xbox consoles, and 3 compatible mobile registered devices No more than once every 30 days per device At least once every 90 days You must be logged in to the Video Service to stream Retained Rights Video and may stream only to registered devices. You may stream an item of Retained Rights Video to only one such device at a time, although you may concurrently stream up to three different items of Retained Rights Video. You may download Retained Rights Video to two download-capable Xbox consoles. You may view it on the first such console without logging into the Video Service, but you must be logged into the Video Service on the second console to view the video on that console. You may not copy or move the content from the second console. In some countries, we may offer Season Pass, which includes currently available and future episodes of a TV program season. You may not copy or move Retained Rights Video from its originally stored location.
Video on Demand Download to only one device Not applicable Not applicable You must begin viewing the item of VOD Video within 14 days of your order and complete your viewing within the next 24 hours (unless another period was specified at time of purchase); after this period expires, you may not view the VOD Video without purchasing another license. VOD Video downloaded to a device may be viewed only on that device, and may not be downloaded or streamed to any other device. If not downloaded, VOD Video may be streamed to any compatible device, but not to more than one such device at a time. You may not copy or move VOD Video from its originally stored location.
Books Download on up to 6 registered Windows 10 devices No more than two times (twice per device or once each on two devices) every 30 days Not applicable Availability of certain capabilities of the Service (such as copy and paste or print of excerpts, as well as the length of excerpts) may vary by book, based on publisher settings. Available capabilities are indicated in the Store. In some cases, you may not be able to redownload a book that you have previously purchased. At our option, we may offer a replacement or update in those circumstances. You may not burn some or all of a book to disk.
Apps 10 Windows 10 devices Not applicable Not applicable Despite the General Rules above, apps provided free of charge can be downloaded to devices that are not registered with your Microsoft account.