The Microsoft Store Repository allows organisations a flexible way to access and deploy apps. You can choose the best distribution method for your organisation, for example directly assigning apps to individuals and teams, and publish apps.
Admins can browse, deploy, and monitor Microsoft Store applications inside Intune. Upon deployment, Intune automatically keeps the apps up to date when a new version becomes available. The Microsoft Store supports UWP apps, desktop apps packaged in. msix, and now Win32 apps packaged in .exe or .msi installers.
Note that the following capabilities aren’t currently supported by new Microsoft Store Repository apps:
- Ability to install Microsoft Store apps during Enrolment Status Page. Apps deployed using Microsoft Store app will install after enrolment status page has completed.
- Device provisioning of Microsoft Store UniversalWindows Platform (UWP) applications are not supported.
- Any app that has an ARM64 installer is not supported.
From March 2023, new assignments will have to be created from the new Microsoft Store Repository to users and devices.
What do I need to do to have apps I installed from the Microsoft Store for Business remain up-to-date and manageable?
Apps that are already installed on devices will continue to work for users. To continue to service the apps, an NHSMail Local Administrator will need to create a new assignment of those apps using the new Store from the Apps blade in Endpoint Manager. This will not force any reinstall of the app, just reconnect the app from the employee’s device to your Endpoint Manager app list.
What is the process to migrate existing Microsoft Store for Business applications over to the new solution?
There is no client migration or device changes required for previously installed apps. On the admin side, you will need to recreate and reassign applications to user and/or device groups and recreate role-based access control assignments that were previously created for individual Store for Business applications.
What should I be doing right now to be ready for the transition?
Identify those business-critical apps that you have deployed through the Microsoft Store for Business, understand how they are being used in your environment, and plan to recreate the app in the Endpoint Manager console and reassign. Existing legacy store assignments continue to work; new deployments will proceed according to your group assignments.
|Last Reviewed Date||01/06/2023|