The party is over for fans of the Microsoft Store for Education and Microsoft Store for Business. If you liked these things, stick with Windows 10 and enjoy them until they’re forcibly retired in Q1 2023. And if you’re upgrading to Windows 11 before then, be aware that these two Microsoft Stores don’t. are not supported on the new operating system at all.
The purpose of these stores was to enable the distribution of specific applications within organizations outside of the standard Microsoft Store. However, Microsoft isn’t just giving up store functionality. The tech giant brings freebies in exchange for what it takes away from users.
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“You can still centrally manage apps and deploy them to your Windows 10 endpoints and later this year Windows 11,” reads Microsoft’s blog on the topic. The Windows Package Manager will facilitate these operations.
- Public apps (apps that are publicly available from an independent software vendor): Use Windows Package Manager through the winget command-line tool to query the single catalog of public apps, through the new Microsoft Store, for applications created by third-party ISV developers, independent of application frameworks and packaging technology – including Win32, .NET, UWP, Xamarin, Electron, Reactive Native, Java, and PWA.
- Private apps (internal line-of-business apps): Use the Windows Package Manager through the winget command line tool to query your private app repository.
These capabilities are expected to preview in the first half of 2022, with a standard release slated for the second half. All dates are subject to change.
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