Microsoft may phase out the Windows 10 store for business

windows 10 store for business

Analyst Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Microsoft is planning to get rid of the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education.

The Store for Business and Store for Education were designed for admins who wanted to make applications available to their users outside of the normal Windows Store channel in Windows 10.

From her article:

They allow admins to make Store apps available to their users for volume acquisition and distribution, as well as provide a way for custom line-of-business distribution only inside a particular organization

As Microsoft officials acknowledged last year, Microsoft’s original plan to try to convince developers to create Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that would be updatable and distributable solely via the Microsoft Store failed to materialize. Many developers didn’t see Windows — growth of which is slowing — as a platform for which it would be worth the time and effort to write new UWP apps and/or adapt their existing Win32 ones.

It does sound as though the team that owns the digital stores has decided that the Store for Business and Store for Education definitely will be deprecated. I’ve heard talk that the end of the current fiscal year, meaning June 30, 2020, is currently the planned deprecation deadline, though I am not sure if is the intended date for informing customers or date for actually axing the Store for Business/Store for Education. (My guess is Microsoft will give business and education users more than a few months’ notice.)

Here’s a link to the full article.

Stay tuned for more.

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