> I want to buy an app for everyone on my network
> I want to deploy that app to all my machines
> I want that app ready and waiting on the Start Screen for any user that logs on
If so that's absolutely crazy...
seems we're not the only ones with this problem:
Deploy windows 8 apps for multi-user on Enterprise: windows 8, apps, deploy
I'm looking at the Evaluation version at the moment here in school on a test machine and it won't let me connect to the Microsoft store using my Microsoft Live ID- also we're behind a proxy. Does this make any difference? Is the Microsoft Store available with the eval. version?
Microsoft System Center Config Manager 2012 SP1 is what you need - the user still has to install it, but you can manage all the apps from there.
EdgeShow 40 - Windows 8 support in SCCM 2012 SP1 | Edge | Channel 9
skip to 7.30min for the interesting bit.
On top of all that, we have to use SCCM, which requires significant server resources and should not be necessary for something this basic.
But I still dont know where to get the .appx files from.
Very well being able to install .appx apps that we create in house, but what if I want to have our windows 8 slates all with apps from the store pre-installed for every user?
i think they expect you to only use appx to deploy your own programs
so even with SCCM 2012 SP1, Windows 8 is still not designed for a multi user environment?
imo its designed for byod and management stuff in there is leftover from win7 or they would have tools to manage the start screen
For those users MS is basically forcing them to stay with Windows 7 even if they wanted to move to 8... businesses won't care as it saves them licensing an OS upgrade but it's not doing MS any favours as 8 has hardly been a resounding success in the retail market either. Almost seems like they're abandoning the one thing they had as their USP (enterprise management) in favour of following Apple (badly). If you want a poorly managed device for BYOD get an iPad, the users will appreciate the shiny logo at least...
But wont stop them buying 100 more slate with detachable keyboard combos (even after a failed trial with 50 under powered atom dell latitude st slates) and also a similar number of laptops with touchscreens, (which is not so bad as we can just suggest desktop mode for those, or I can just use win7 and disable the touchscreen)
Recommendations for schools
manage the transition from locked down systems to more managed systems to help pupils understand how to manage risk; to provide them with richer learning experiences; and to bridge the gap between systems at school and the more open systems outside school