For those who need a little catchup, the OneStore is a new Windows Store coming in Windows 10 which works across all form factor devices. That includes PC’s, tablets, phones, Xbox and more. Today, Microsoft has further detailed its plans for the new OneStore, and how the new Store will be ready for businesses.
First up, the new OneStore will offer IT administrators access to the app catalog directly from a new web-based portal, which allows IT admins to download apps in bulk and distribute them to devices:
“In Windows 10, IT administrators can access a new web-based Store portal specifically for organizations – and can do so by signing in with an Azure Active Directory identity. Apps acquired through the portal can then be assigned to people in the organization, who need only to click on a link to install the apps. This will provide organizations with a controlled and customizable experience specifically for their members.”
Not only that, but Microsoft is making it easier for apps to be listed on company portals. For businesses which do not have a company portal, Microsoft is also allowing IT admins their own private section on the Windows Store, which will make getting apps for your company easier.
Furthermore, IT admins will have the ability to fully control the Windows Store and its features and distribution. This allows for admins to be able to install or uninstall apps, control app updates and manage app licenses. For devices without internet, the new Windows Store will allow administrators to download app files locally, and include them in custom Windows installation images.
Microsoft says that these new features will be available on Windows 10 in the coming months, and that signing up as a Windows Insider will help in getting you access to the Windows Technical Preview.Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 10