Next year, Microsoft will release Windows 10 and the company is already testing the new OS with users via its Windows Insider program. For the enterprise, Microsoft is making improvements to the Windows Store that will appease IT managers.
The new features announced today are all about making it easier to deploy and manage apps for employees. We have listed below the highlights from the article which you can find at the bottom of this post.
- In September, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will deliver one Windows Store for all Windows devices. For organizations, the unified Store, which will combine the full catalog of Windows apps in one location, will also offer a new web-based Store portal that will allow IT administrators to browse the app catalog and acquire apps in bulk.
- IT administrators can access the new web-based Store portal, specifically for organizations – and can do so by signing in with an Azure Active Directory identity. Apps acquired through the portal can then be assigned to people in the organization, providing organizations with a controlled and customizable experience specifically for their members.
- Organizations will be able to fully control Windows Store features and distribution using System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune or via mobile device management (MDM) services. This includes the ability to install and uninstall apps, control app updates and manage app licenses.
The deployment of apps will be much easier in Windows 10 and these features are only the start of how the new OS will make it easier for IT administrators to manage PCs on their network. As the launch of the OS gets closer, look for Microsoft to detail more enterprise features to entice businesses to make the jump from Windows 7 to 10.