It seems the problem with the whole MS vision at the moment is that everyone is going to drop their (shared) business \ enterprise computers for 1:1 BYOD tomorrow with no overlap in between. The management issues for everything from Start Screen to Metro Apps seems to stem from this as it all seems to be "per user" rather than "per machine"
Yes this might be the way it will go over the next few years, starting right now but the transition doesn't happen overnight and leaving out large chunks of enterprise management features will not go down well seeing as it's the only thing holding back their main competitor (Apple)
Very odd decision imo, is there a similar rambling blog post that might explain the logic in the same way they did to justify the Aero > Metro changes?
I think they were claiming yesterday that the .appx method was "more flexible" than an MSI... I don't know if I believe that, until I see it however!
Is anyone else trying to get a multi-user windows 8 up and running?
Im tearing my hair out..
It doesnt help when you contact the support for one of you softwares, who have made a nice windows 8 app in the store, to find out how to get the .appx to use sideloading and they say no.
So the only way to have a widows 8 app available for all users, is to sideload the .appx with scripts. But the .appx are non-existant.Code:Good afternoon Rabbieburns, At this point in time we are not able to supply you with an .appx file for distributing the application. I apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email. Kind regards, Mr Supportl McWhatever, ClickView Technical Support
Whats going on ??
Last edited by RabbieBurns; 20th November 2012 at 12:05 PM.
I would love to hear what @eduAnt from Microsoft has to say about this, given that when he popped in to the forums in September he was asking "What are the Top 5 challenges for schools"!
I dont have a problem going an extra mile and writing scripts etc to do what we need...
the problem I cant get round is where do these apps come from.
The app files are stored in c:\Program Files\WindowsApps which is locked down to trusted installer by default but I'm just cracking it open now to see if there is any appx goodness in there.
RabbieBurns (20th November 2012)
Right, no appx files but the actual programs do appear to be extracted in there, may be possible to repack them with App packager (MakeAppx.exe) (Windows) but it seems like a hell of a mess. Perhaps https snooping while downloading the appx from the windows store would be less hassle, not that, that is overly quick and easy either.
edit: image of register app, includes the cert and manifest by the looks, might be possible
Last edited by SYNACK; 20th November 2012 at 12:36 PM.
AngryTechnician (20th November 2012)
Still utter rubbish that this is what we might be looking at as a deployment method for the next few years.
Hopefully MS will get their stuff together eventually.
Last edited by SYNACK; 20th November 2012 at 12:46 PM.
I also attended a Windows 8 camp and although not entirely clear, this is what I picked up on.
* Side-loading is only for "in-house" apps
* Enterprise software should be purchased through the developer, not the store. They will then email you a "deep-link" to access a special enterprise version of their software. Whether they ask you to enter a license code/key or not is up to them
It is still necessary for each user to have a Microsoft Account (aka windows live/msn/hotmail) to open deep-links and install themselves. I guess you could add these links as shortcuts to the user's desktop's, via Group Policy Preferences
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