Microsoft online app store, called Microsoft Store – is closing its Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education sections. The company made this announcement through a blog post. According to the blog post, “Starting in the first half of 2022, you will be able to find apps from the entire Microsoft Store catalog and deploy them to your managed devices, all from within. Microsoft Intune. ”
Microsoft said the Stores for business and education will be ‘retired’ in the first quarter of 2023. In addition, the company said there will be no support for these stores on Windows 11. “However, administrators can still take advantage of the connection to Store for Business and Education, from their UEM solution deploy applications to managed Windows 11 devices, until they are retired in 2023, ”Microsoft explained in the blog post.
The company also explained why it had created the stores in the first place. “We created the Microsoft Store for Business and the Microsoft Store for Education, allowing you to make specific applications available in your own private store. We link Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education with their respective Intune and Intune for Education cloud services to make it easier for you to deliver Store apps to your endpoints using the same tools you already used to manage devices. ”
In related news, with the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft revealed that for the first time users will be able to run and download Android applications on their PCs. Support for Android apps will come as Windows 11 goes public for users. As of now, it is still in beta and only certain users can download and experience it.