Windows 8 Store - am I missing something, or this LESS manageable than the iPad?
I've been looking at the Windows Store today, and have come to the conclusion that I am either missing something huge, or the Windows Store is an almost unmitigated disaster for admins.
1. You can't push install an app?
Any app from the Store, including a free one, has to be installed manually by the user? Really?
2. Sideloading is only available if the publisher makes a package for it? And it's per-user?
Even though we've paid for Windows 8 Enterprise, you can only install Windows 8 apps without the store if the publisher specifically provides you with a .appx package to allow you to do that. You can't just take any app from the store and mass deploy it. Also, the install is per-user, not per-machine, and you have to use a PowerShell script at login.
(Technically you can provision a sideloaded app into the deployment image using MDT, and those load for every user, but you are arbitrarily limited to 24 apps using this method)
3. There's no volume purchase?
Let's say I train our 5 year-olds how to navigate the Windows Store and install an app, like good little consumers. Do I also have to train them how to put the school's credit card number in too? I can't see any way for a school or business to bulk buy from the Windows Store.
OK, so we only got the Apple VPP to do this with the iPad this term, but I thought Windows 8 was supposed to save us from the consumer-focused Apple BS, not emulate the same model (only worse).
4. No automatic updates?
You've got to be kidding me.
Is it possible to configure the Windows Store to perform automatic updates?
No. All updates to apps that come from the Windows Store must be initiated by the user. Source: Managing Client Access to the Windows Store