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  • Question

  • Will Windows 8 Metro Apps support distrobution without using the Windows Store or is the Windows Store required?

    The reason I am asking is because we have existing applications we sell to customers which we are updating for Windows 8 Metro. We want to be able to provide our existing customers with a Metro UI as an update within the application, currently designed for Windows Vista/7. New customers will be purchasing this metro UI on the Windows Store but existing customers should not have to pay again for this application.

    Is this do'able?


    Owner, Quilnet Solutions

    Monday, June 25, 2012 3:38 PM

Answers

  • From what's known, only enterprises can distribute apps internally bypassing the Windows Store.

    You'll probably need to put your apps for free on the store and require a license key or something. Not sure if that'll fly with Microsoft though.

    • Marked as answer by Quilnux Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:20 PM
    Monday, June 25, 2012 4:11 PM

All replies

  • From what's known, only enterprises can distribute apps internally bypassing the Windows Store.

    You'll probably need to put your apps for free on the store and require a license key or something. Not sure if that'll fly with Microsoft though.

    • Marked as answer by Quilnux Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:20 PM
    Monday, June 25, 2012 4:11 PM
  • You'll probably need to put your apps for free on the store and require a license key or something. Not sure if that'll fly with Microsoft though.

    If it's anything like Windows Phone (Which I would think it would be) the answer would be a big NO!

    Perhaps Microsoft needs to implement a way to have a select number of people that can be specified using a Windows Live ID that can receive an application for free. That way we can sell to new customers but extend our application offering to existing customers.


    Owner, Quilnet Solutions

    Monday, June 25, 2012 4:16 PM
  • On the other hand, Microsoft didn't have issues with greenlighting a browser app for a forum (where I post) that requires mandatory for-pay registration. Doesn't sound impossible, as long you'll give them a license key to test with.
    Monday, June 25, 2012 4:26 PM
  • We already have a browser version of our application which is supported with the new IE10 metro browser. We were just hoping for a more "installed" metro solution. But our existing customers will have to look at it as a for-pay upgrade option.

    Owner, Quilnet Solutions


    • Edited by Quilnux Monday, June 25, 2012 4:29 PM Fixed grammar issue
    Monday, June 25, 2012 4:28 PM
  • Hello Quilnux,

    If the customer is an enterprise customer and they are using Group Policy, then they have the option of side-loading apps. Have a look at this article on side-loading, hopefully it will answer your question in more detail. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852635.aspx I hope this helps.

    Thanks,

    Jesse

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:04 PM
  • Hello Quilnux,

    If the customer is an enterprise customer and they are using Group Policy, then they have the option of side-loading apps. Have a look at this article on side-loading, hopefully it will answer your question in more detail. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852635.aspx I hope this helps.

    Thanks,

    Jesse


    Unfortunately, they are consumers. :-/

    Owner, Quilnet Solutions

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:08 PM