Microsoft will soon drop the device limit on its consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions and increase the number of users allowed under a single Office 365 Home plan, the company announced today.

"Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices," wrote Jared Spataro, a Microsoft executive in the Office and Windows division, in a post to a company blog.

Under current rules, Office 365 Home, which costs $100 per year, allows for installation of the suite's applications Word, Outlook, Excel and the rest on only 10 devices, or an allowance of two devices for each of the five users who can shelter under the umbrella of a single subscription. Meanwhile, Office 365 Personal a $70 annual plan with rights for just one individual capped the device count at two total.

Those device limitations will disappear in little more than a month; the only restriction will be that each user can be signed into their account on a maximum of five devices simultaneously.

Also changing is the five-user rule for Office 365 Home. Beginning October 2, that subscription plan will license up to six users. Because each user receives their own 1TB of OneDrive storage space, the total space allocated for a single Home subscription will climb to 6TB.

Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal are designed solely for consumers. The rights extended to subscribers, for instance, do not allow the applications to be used to generate content documents, spreadsheets, presentations and the like for business purposes. "The service/software may not be used for commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities," Microsoft's licensing agreement states.

Computerworld