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Is there a point of contact for the latest information on Windows App Store?

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    davewill

    Is there a point of contact for the latest information on Windows App Store?

    I'm trying to confirm a couple of things:

    1. Do all Metro apps have to go through the Windows App Store to get on my b2b customer's device?

    2. What is the expected time lapse from when I post an app to the Windows App Store and the b2b customer can have it installed on their machine?

     

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    SimonJ
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    davewill

    Thanks.

    #2 is answered by http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/archive/2012/02/13/submitting-your-windows-8-apps.aspx

    It's measured in days, not hours.  I wouldn't think that is going to work for b2b except for general annual or semi-annual release points.  Doesn't look like it will handle the releases between those points that occur when bug fixing and adding new features on a customer by customer basis occurs.

    I didn't see a post that says metro-apps must go through the app store to get on a windows 8 machine.  The answer to this is needed to know if metro-apps should be ruled out as possible candidate solutions for b2b.  My gut says it would be insanity to have Windows 8 not allow direct installation of metro-apps but future planning needs more certainty.  I'm missing an obvious statement somewhere.

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    evildictait​or

    Yes, all metro apps will be via the windows8 appstore or installed locally with a developer certificate - this is the same model as the iphone appstore. Normal desktop apps will not be appstore only.

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    davewill

    @evildictaitor:Where is this stated?  I'm overlooking it.

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    AndyC

    @davewill: Metro apps have to come from the Store under normal cicrumstances. There will be some, as yet unspecified, mechanism for enterprise customers to side load Metro applications via their own infrastructure.

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    davewill

    @evildictaitor: Perfect.  2nd paragraph. "Metro style apps that are not certified by the Windows Store are not allowed to run on Windows."

    @AndyC: Hmmm.  A good alternative for internal systems.  Unfortunately we are in the business of providing the systems to other businesses.  I forsee the usual big corporate red tape negating side loading for b2b scenarios.  Bummer.  Still good know about though.

    Thanks.

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    AndyC

    @davewill: Well I was assuming from that the possibility of selling applications to businesses which they then side-load into their infrastructure is a given. Until some actual details come out it's all a bit speculative though. Hopefully news on this won't be too far away as it's pretty crucial to anyone planning on the possibility of Metro LOB applications.

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    Harlequin

    , AndyC wrote

    @davewill: Metro apps have to come from the Store under normal cicrumstances. There will be some, as yet unspecified, mechanism for enterprise customers to side load Metro applications via their own infrastructure.

    There already is a way to do it. You create a batch file from VS11 and you can plop it onto a tablet or PC that has VS11 Express. But of course an end machine shouldn't need VS11 Express at some point, but it should be easy enough to side load.

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    Blue Ink

    Some time ago, Mary Jo Foley mentioned that "private stores" are going to be available. The details are still incomplete, but it might be interesting.

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    davewill

    @Blue Ink: I remember that as well and the concept made perfect sense for the Microsoft eco system being a platform for providers.  However, Mary Jo <> Microsoft.  Smiley

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    evildictait​or

    , Blue Ink wrote

    Mary Jo Foley mentioned that "private stores" are going to be available.

    Mary Jo says a lot of things that aren't true.

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