Windows 8.1 includes the ability to run modern apps, typically delivered from the Windows Store. But for organizations that develop their own line-of-business apps, we have also provided a mechanism called “sideloading” that allows the installation of apps without using the Windows Store. Once enabled, any app can be installed. For more information on this process, including how to deploy apps using an enterprise app store built on Windows Intune or System Center Configuration Manager, see Sideload Windows Store Apps in Windows 8.
organizations continue to adopt and build Windows Store Apps, we are making changes
to minimize the requirements around obtaining sideloading keys for deploying
internal line of business apps, including:
With these changes, we believe all organizations will be able to leverage sideloading for all of their Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT 8.1 devices. For additional information on sideloading licensing, review the Windows Volume Licensing Guide.
Sideloading keys are for RT, Pro, or Enterprise only.
Is it possible to sideload with Windows 8 *Standard* (not Pro, Ent or RT)? Trying to decide whether to purchase Pro or Standard licenses for my business. If sideloading is possible with Standard, are there any differences between that and Pro specifically related to sideloading? Thanks.
VL customers can use the sideloading key on Windows RT systems because they are considered companion devices. The licensing does require RT, Pro, or Enterprise.
Is this also valid for Windows RT systems? Means, you pay 100$ for volume license key which can be used on Surface RT and other none-enterprise Windows?
As far as I can see, there's still no way to readily obtain .Appx files of Windows Store applications so images with preloaded apps can be created. So this helps with the LOB situation, but not with the overall use of Windows Store apps in enterprise/education.