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This tip is an excerpt from an article entitled "Try It Out: Sideloading Windows Store Apps." To read the article in its entirety, visit the Windows Client TechCenter.By now, you are familiar with Windows Store apps. There are some pretty cool ones available in the store, and publishers are adding more every week. A great thing about Windows Store apps is they are super simple to install (and uninstall). But what about line of business (LOB) apps? You probably do not want to publish them through the Windows Store since that would make them publically available. Instead, you can sideload LOB apps. Sideloading simply means installing a Windows Store app without publishing it in and downloading it from the store. You install it directly. There is some mythology around sideloading apps, possibly because many IT pros have yet to experience it firsthand. In reality, the process is super simple: it is nothing more difficult than running a few commands in Windows PowerShell. There are a few requirements that you have to set up in advance though, and those too are rather easy. Here is the thing: The problem with seeing and doing this first hand is that you need to get your hands on an app that you can sideload. You cannot sideload an app you purchase from the Windows Store, and you might not be fortunate enough to have developers available who are working on them. So to get started, here is a checklist of the steps that can help you quickly and easily build your own app for testing purposes.
This is just a quick overview of the steps you would to take to experience sideloading Windows Store apps firsthand. For step-by-step guidance on how to complete step, please see Try It Out: Sideloading Windows Store Apps.
Right off the bat, Windows 8 Enterprise requirement rules out our 12-employee small business company.
Oh...a sideloading key that we have to buy in bulk?
I am not sure I understand your second question since Windows 8 Enterprise requires Volume License to purchase anyways? As for a 12 person environment, we would normally recommend the Pro SKU as Direct Access and BranchCache are not normally used by smaller environments like yours. Feel free to email me directly if you have further questions.
We currently have a couple of Windows 8 Pro devices (Dell Latitude 10 and my Surface Pro that fall under BYOD). What are our options to use Windows 8 Modern Apps that we may want to develop in-house? Are there any options for folks in our situation? Is there at least an option to buy these sideloading keys individually?
I couldn't find a way to email you.
I am going to point you to the Dev Center at msdn.microsoft.com/.../apps for more information on building and licensing apps and app development.
Absolutely cannot understand the reasoning behind this. Paying for sideloading keys is a killer for the platform. Why as developers would we support this when Android devices are cheaper for our clients and there is no cost to load LOB apps? Windows 8 - what a dissappointment!
It appears the only option is for a 100 pack at $30 each?? Why would anyone spend extra money to load their own apps onto their own device!
CMSmith- Any Enterprise customer with Software Assurance gets the licenses for free. You can also get a free 90 day key to test any app on a local machine. Are you building apps for customers not running Windows 8 Enterprise?
Hi Stephen, my company has been developing mobile LOB apps for almost 2 decades, initially on Windows and Windows Mobile and now on several major 'mobile' platforms. We are currently working on our first Windows Store app. Most of our customers (we have over 100,000 licensees) are not going to be running Windows 8 Enterprise - they will be running Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro. I am struggling to comprehend why Microsoft would finally bring a competitive device to market (e.g. Surface RT and Surface Pro) and then make it so difficult for such devices to be used in a business or BYOD setting. Will all due respect, your assumption that the target audience for mobile LOB apps would own Windows 8 Enterprise is not consistent with our experience. I strongly encourage Microsoft to consider making the sideloading key free or at the very least making it available on a per unit basis.
Right; so I upgrade two PC's to Windows 8 at $50 each. Then I buy a convertible Tablet for $2,000 to get the touch interface experience. I also buy Visual Studio 2012 for $1,000 so I have the right tools.
... and I still can't legally write myself a little "modern" app to run on my own machines.
Nor can I make a little utility for a friend.
Nor can I write an LOB app for my Wife's small office.
Simply pathetic. (And totally removed my interest in learning the new environment. It's enough to make one switch to being an Android programmer ...)