Greater than a yr after plans for closing the Microsoft Shops for Enterprise and Schooling have been mentioned internally, Microsoft is notifying clients of the primary steps towards their seeming dismantling.
Microsoft Retailer for Enterprise clients reported receiving an replace right now, March 11, telling them that all paid apps will no longer “be available for acquisition” from the Stores for Business and Education as of April 14, 2021. (Thanks, @hoyty, for the heads up on Twitter.)
Customers who have already got apps they obtained via these shops will be capable to use and obtain updates to them, in keeping with Microsoft’s be aware to customers. However no new paid apps can be potential via these shops as of that April date. After that date, customers who need extra functions or licenses might want to work with app publishers, Microsoft says.
The be aware to clients additionally says that entry to the Retailer for Enterprise and Retailer for Schooling, going ahead, would require customers to have an current Azure Lively Listing account. No nameless looking of those Shops can be permitted.
I requested Microsoft if right now’s announcement is step one towards the dismantling and shutting of the Shops for Enterprise and Schooling. No phrase again to this point.
The Microsoft Retailer, initially referred to as the Home windows Retailer, is Microsoft’s on-line app retailer that’s constructed into Home windows 10. In 2015, Microsoft began testing a few companion digital shops: The Microsoft Retailer for Enterprise and the Microsoft Retailer for Schooling have been designed for admins who wished to make functions out there to their customers exterior of the conventional Home windows Retailer channel in Home windows 10. They permit admins to make Retailer apps out there to their customers for quantity acquisition and distribution, in addition to present a means for customized line-of-business distribution solely inside a selected group
As Microsoft officers acknowledged for the previous couple of years, Microsoft’s unique plan to attempt to persuade builders to create Common Home windows Platform (UWP) apps that may be updatable and distributable solely through the Microsoft Retailer didn’t materialize. The necessity for devoted app shops on Home windows turned much less urgent because of this.
So far, Microsoft hasn’t mentioned something publicly about what is going on to occur to any of its digital app shops. However privately, officers throughout varied groups on the firm had been attempting to give you a concerted technique, I’ve heard. As of a yr in the past, That technique didn’t name for Microsoft to drop the Internet model of the Microsoft Retailer.
It does sound as if the group that owns the digital shops determined that the Retailer for Enterprise and Retailer for Schooling undoubtedly could be deprecated. There was speak that June 2020 was the goal, however that was pre-pandemic.