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Running our custom app on dedicated tablets

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  • We are an international engineering firm and have created a tablet app in WinJS/HTML5/CSS for use within our company - the only users of the app will be our employees.  We have been running it on Windows 8.1 Pro tablets using our developer credentials during development and that has been going great._  

    How do we load the app to our company, Windows 8.1 Pro tablets without using developer credentials?

    We have found info about buying a block of licenses and this is not acceptable to us.  We do not believe that Microsoft would require us to spend $1,000 - or any sum of money - for licenses so that we can install an app, which we created,  onto tablets which we own.  The Android system certainly does not require that.

    In terms of our efforts to date, we also joined the app to the domain, but that was not sufficient to get the app to load and run.  Additionally the app is signed and the cert is on the target tablets.

    So again, how do we load the app to our company, Windows 8.1 Pro tablets without using developer credentials.


    Phil

    Monday, April 21, 2014 8:08 PM

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  • Start here:

    Deploying Metro style apps to businesses

    It seems a bit out of date, but it's a starting point. Basically you need to deploy your app in whatever way suits your needs.


    I'm a self-taught noob amateur. Please take this into account when responding to my posts or when taking advice from me.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:29 AM
  • @pumpkin.  Yep, that article is way old and very general in any case.  We've been over all that ground many times already.

    Phil

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:10 PM
  • To install a business app without developer license you need to enable sideloading. Thee requirements are simple:

    if the tablet / laptop runs windows 8 enterprise AND is domain joined, sideloading can be enabled with the group policies.

    if you have no windows enterprise or are not domain joined you need sideloading keys.

    Now the good news :). starting may 1 there will be some changes. When you have windows 8 pro and domain joined you can enable sideloading also through  group policies, so it will work for pro and enterprise versions.

    also from may 1 sideloading keys get much cheaper, 100 dollar for one key that can be used for an unlimited number of devices. see: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2014/04/03/windows-8-1-sideloading-enhancements.aspx

    after you enabled sideloading you still need a solution to publish your apps, youcan doit with powershell but not the nicest way for your solution. You can look at windows intune or system center for it .


    Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer - Windows Store Apps Using C#

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:26 PM