Want to understand more about the deployment of Windows 8 Apps?

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Over the past few weeks we have started to get an increasing number of Windows 8 / Windows RT / Windows Store / Appx Package deployment questions

Here are some quick tips and further resources

Installing app on Windows RT

Windows RT management requires Windows Intune (which links to Configuration Manager) – you can then sideload or deeplink windows 8 apps.

For RT the Company Apps component is built in, so no additional client software is needed. The management interface for Windows Intune does need Silverlight, so you need to do it from a Windows 8 device and not RT.

For Windows RT  “sideloading apps" a key which must be bought in batches of 100 at $30 each, you will also need to have signed the app with a cert trusted by the device and also a Windows Intune subscription at £ per device.

Installing apps on Windows 8

If it’s Windows 8 Pro then they will need a sideloading key and the device must trust the code signer. You can choose to use Windows Intune or System Center 2012 SP1 to side load windows 8 apps.

Please Note If your using (any other version apart from Pro) of Windows 8 then sideloading of apps is not supported.

Resources and Tips

Due to the number of queries we have been receiving Simon May Technical Evangelist within our IT Professional team has started creating videos of both the “back end” and “user” experiences.

Here are the first two instalments – Sideloading with Configuration Manager and Deeplinking with Configuration manager – both are under 8 minutes.

If you have any further question or queries please see Simon’s blog (http://simon-may.com) and http://www.technet.com

Still to come in the series are:

Linking Configuration Manager to Windows Intune

Sideloading on Windows 8 with Windows Intune

Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune

Deeplinking on Windows 8 with Windows Intune

Deeplinking on Windows RT with Windows Intune

Sideloading with PowerShell

Blocking apps with Group Policy

Sideloading at build time with MDT

Running desktop apps on a Windows RT device

So keep an eye out for these “Deployment Sessions” videos at http://simon-may.com

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