The Windows Store is great. Seriously, it is. There are some minor issues with it that I’d like to see such as a way to track “recommended apps” by either your friends or by Microsoft and a way to sort Games by “Xbox” titles. However, the biggest thing the Windows Store is missing is a way for businesses to handle it.
IT professionals have never had to deal with this in the way they do now. Windows design style applications are coming out to accomplish so much and a lot of business functionality is moving to these types of applications. Although, iPads and the rest of the “iParade” could have connected to the network, the Apple world has generally been considered a “separate” network from the traditional machines. The question is, how would an enterprise level store work? Well, I have some recommendations:
Hopefully we’ll see something official from Microsoft in the next 12 months if not sooner. Some of us like the idea of early adoption, but an all or nothing store doesn’t help us out.
What are your thoughts?
UPDATE – Partially Solved
Apparently, in the first quarter of 2013, there will be an update for System Center to include a Self-Service Portal (confusing name) that is very similar to a private Windows Store for enterprises (explained more at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/2-104). This still doesn’t solve an issue for Small Businesses unless Microsoft is going to offer a Self-Service Portal Express version.