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Can we preinstall a metro app into Wireless USB Modem device and install it to end-users' tablet PCs instead of installing from Windows Store? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are Wireless USB Modem device manufacturer, and we have developed a partner software for this device to managing it on Win7.

    Now, we want to develop a Metro app (for free) running on Win8 tablet PCs doing the same thing as above software.

    On Win7, we preinstall this partner software into the Wireless USB Modem device, and sell the device directly to end-users. Users insert the device to their PCs, then our driver and AutoRun service will start the installing process.

    But now, on Win8, such partner softwares with Metro style are required to summit to Windows Store. However, we donn't want to deploy our app to Windows Store; instead, we want to preinstall it into Wireless USB Modem device and so deploy it directly to end-users. Is it possible?

    As far as I know, and according the following paper:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/archive/2012/04/25/deploying-metro-style-apps-to-businesses.aspx

    1) non-Windows Store deployment is possible, but has some preconditions;

    2) we can sell it to an enterprise, and their IT admins must join their PCs into a domain and then config their group policy to allow all trusted apps to install;

    3) we also can sell it to an end-user directly, but the user should config their group policy to allow all trusted apps to install, and must activate a product key;

    Because we are aiming at end-users instead of enterprises, we have following confusion:

    a) Most of end-users may not lean to change group policy of computer before install a software, so how to make end-users install it as easier as possible?

    b) What's the product key here? Is it used for charging? While our app is free of charge.

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:58 AM

All replies

  • Steve,

    Have you consider using a desktop application for this purpose?

    Best Wishes  - Eric

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 4:47 AM
  • This app will used only on tablet PC, so it must be a metro app.

    So is there another way to support our scenario besides Windows Store?

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:56 AM
  • Steve,

    What functionality will the Metro style app have?

    Best Wishes - Eric 

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:22 AM
  • Its functionality maybe include some pop prompts according to the reported message ID from device etc.

    1) Our app is a device companion software, that is to say, it must be binded together with our wireless device;

    2) It may not use Mobile Broadband API, and so it may be not a mobile operator metro app; therefore, we are afraid that our app will not be automatically downloaded from Windows Store even if we have supplied a service metadata to WMIS;

    3) Our device is targeted at end-users who may use SIM card of different operators, and meanwhile an mobile operator may possess several such metro apps developed by different ISVs; we want end-users always use the metro app developed by our company as long as they are using our wireless device, regardless of which mobile operator this SIM card belongs to.

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:15 AM