Friday, April 27, 2012 10:04 AM
I just read this:
Looks like they are now starting to be serious about targeting LOB apps that many here have thought would be SL's place in Windows 8.
Friday, April 27, 2012 11:45 AM
First, the problem with this is that such a LOB application will work only in Windows 8.
Second, did you see how it is complicated to distribute the application: if you don't want to publish the application on the web store, you have to have a domain server! None of my customers has one, because they are small companies without an IT department.
Sunday, May 06, 2012 2:48 AM
Patrick, that's an interesting point - that small businesses would have to purchase Active Directory just to get apps deployed. This is a non-starter.
Monday, May 07, 2012 8:28 AM
I suspect you could create a free app that would go through the store that would require some licensing mechanism after it is downloaded. That way you wouldn't have to use AD.
Monday, May 07, 2012 5:13 PM
The problem with going through Windows Store is that you'd have difficulty pushing out bug fixes quickly, pending evaluation by Microsoft. For small installations, I wonder if they will have the same kind of "private evaluation" system so that you can deploy and test.