Windows store for business apps is part of your organization’s private store apps. Only one way to deploy Windows Store apps via Intune is required deployment. Windows Store apps can only be deployed as “Required” apps to Windows 10 devices. The logic behind NOT having an “available” deployment option is very understandable. Because, the user doesn’t need an available deployment via Intune because the user always has a private store access to install the apps manually.
There are 3 sections in this post and the video tutorial here :-
- Enable and Configure Windows Store for Business
- Sync the applications and Deploy applications
- End User Experience of App installation on Windows 10 device
Enable and Configure Windows Store for Business
First, we need to sign up and associate Windows store for Business account with Intune. Accept the agreement and consent for Windows Store for Business.
To enable and configure Windows Store for Business, you need to open up Intune portal (Azure). Microsoft Intune – Mobile Apps- Windows Store for Business. Choose the language in which apps from the Windows Store for Business will be displayed in the Intune console.
Once signed up for Windows store for business then, we need to setup connection between Intune and Windows store for business. This is required Deploy Windows Store Apps via Intune. Click on Manage tab and select store setting. Once you are in store settings, you could see there are three out of box connections already configured for deploying Windows store for business apps via MDM solutions. Airwatch, MobileIron Cloud, and Microsoft Intune are the three out of connections created. Click on Intune activate button to setup the connection between store and Intune.
Sync the applications and Deploy applications via Intune
Once Intune connection is activated then, we need to shop the apps and add them to the private store for your organization. It could take 24 hours to reflect the newly added apps to appear in private store. You can sync Intune to get the newly added apps into Intune. We need to save the settings after the successful app sync.
Select the Windows Store apps which you want to deploy to AAD user groups. We have only two options while deploying Windows Store app via Intune. And those are REQUIRED and UNINSTALL. So, there is no option to deploy Windows Store app as available deployment via Intune because the users already have access to Windows Private store.
End user experience for Windows 10 1703 users is flawless. The deployment of Windows Store app via Intune happened in the background, and user name came to know about the installation on his/her Windows 10 device.
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Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education overview – HERE