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    Microsoft to phase out Microsoft Store for Business and Education


    Posted: 10 Jan 2020
    Microsoft is continuing to try to clean up its digital app-store mess. Its latest planned move, according to my contacts: Get rid of the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education.

    The Microsoft Store, originally known as the Windows Store, is Microsoft's online app store that is built into Windows 10. In 2015, Microsoft started testing a couple of companion digital stores: The Microsoft Store for Business and the Microsoft Store for Education. The Store for Business and Store for Education were designed for admins who wanted to make applications available to their users outside of the normal Windows Store channel in Windows 10. They allow admins to make Store apps available to their users for volume acquisition and distribution, as well as provide a way for custom line-of-business distribution only inside a particular organization

    As Microsoft officials acknowledged last year, Microsoft's original plan to try to convince developers to create Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that would be updatable and distributable solely via the Microsoft Store failed to materialize. Many developers didn't see Windows -- growth of which is slowing -- as a platform for which it would be worth the time and effort to write new UWP apps and/or adapt their existing Win32 ones.

    Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform Kevin Gallo told me last spring, Microsoft's current positioning is Windows 10 apps don't need to be in the Store only.


    Read more: Microsoft is planning to phase out the Windows 10 Store for Business | ZDNet
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    10 Jan 2020


  1. Posts : 5,038
    Windows 10/11 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #1

    I never use the Microsoft Store, period.
    Additionally, I am not happy with the way that it is tied to a Microsoft Account.

    Many of the apps in there are written by children.

    FWIW.
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  2. Posts : 927
    Win 10
       #2

    Now they just have to add Pro to that list as well.
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  3. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #3

    Compumind said:
    I never use the Microsoft Store, period.
    Additionally, I am not happy with the way that it is tied to a Microsoft Account.

    Many of the apps in there are written by children.

    FWIW.
    Are there any Business or educational apps in the store?
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 2,293
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
       #4

    With any luck the main Microsoft store and all the UWP mobile phone style apps will all go the same way. It’s the worst thing about windows 10 and those pesky apps (especially the native apps when they update) give me the most grief
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  5. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #5

    Hi there
    Finally they are learning a decent Computer with (often) MULTIPLE large monitors IS NOT A MOBILE PHONE !!!

    What on earth is there in that wretched store that is can't be got from elsewhere anyway and usually without nagware or whatever in it.

    Things don't have to cost money or be riddled with nagware -- just look at the sheer volume of DECENT open source apps out there on Both Linux and Windows platforms !!! some are quite complex e.g GIMP, Libre Office, VLC, Calibre, most of the LINUX distros and GUI desktops such as KDE etc.

    Better late than never Ms.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Posts : 7,724
    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2
       #6

    Hi,
    Yeah the entire mobile first world on pc needs to die
    Keep it on a freaking cell phone and be done with it already.

    Walled garden ms store thoughts need to die too otherwise we would all be on mac's or android.
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  7. Posts : 14,808
    Windows 10 IoT
       #7

    Some this may come from Businesses etc not wanting employees installing revenue / time wasting Apps.
    More time actually doing your job versus being on social media.
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  8. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 HOME 64-BIT
       #8

    Scottyboy99 said:
    With any luck the main Microsoft store and all the UWP mobile phone style apps will all go the same way. It’s the worst thing about windows 10 and those pesky apps (especially the native apps when they update) give me the most grief
    That was I was thinking, hope so :)
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  9. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #9

    Hi there
    one would have thought Ms learned its lesson with the fiasco that was windows 8 -- totally Bonkers system which looks like it was ported from the now defunct Windows Phone. The whole idea of those wretched store things probably was copied from Apple -- Apple operates totally differently with its OS and way of doing things -- the whole infrastructure, eco system and business model is different --as well as (and I don't mean this in a bad way here) the mindset of its users.

    Windows works best going back to its traditional routes

    and Ms please decide whether you want a genuine "Rolling release system" or let's have service packs back again.

    Rolling release means that you don't have to install new builds - ever -the iso you download would be current at day xxxx and you just install the updates -- if this causes problems for enterprises etc then also have decent service packs when needed and only bring out security updates / urgent defect fixes.

    The present system is a Dogs dinner of a mess (and that's being unkind to Dogs dinners).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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