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  • Foley: MS will phase out the Win10 Store for Business and Store for Education

    Posted on January 10th, 2020 at 09:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, Microsoft isn’t going to give up on the Microsoft Store any time soon. In fact, they’re expanding the Store so it includes all Windows programs, not just Win10-only UWP apps. Some day they will be able to sell, you know, refrigerators, I s’pose.

    But the specialized Stores for Business and Education are getting the boot, according to Mary Jo Foley (who’s always right about such things). This just out on ZDNet:

    The Store for Business and Store for Education were designed for admins who wanted to make applications available to their users outside of the normal Windows Store channel in Windows 10. They allow admins to make Store apps available to their users for volume acquisition and distribution, as well as provide a way for custom line-of-business distribution only inside a particular organization…

    Microsoft is continuing to try to clean up its digital app-store mess. Its latest planned move, according to my contacts: Get rid of the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education.

    I wouldn’t read this as a prediction of the future – just an acknowledgment (not yet official) about the futility of the past.

    For the future, something’s got to give with the Microsoft Store. It’s going to face some major changes, sooner rather than later. Microsoft tried to replicate the successes of the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and just blew it.

    Kinda like UWP, truth be told.