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Sideload Windows Store Apps in Windows 8

Implement an Enterprise App Store

Thus far, this guide has focused on sideloading apps to users and devices. But is that all there is to implementing an enterprise store? Sideloading is the first step in the software life cycle for the app. As with other types of software, there will be updates to the app and newer versions that supersede the older version of the app, and eventually the app will need to be removed from active use. In other words, to build an enterprise app store, you need to be able to manage the app throughout the entire software lifecycle.

Of the technologies discussed, only System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Intune have the ability to manage an app after it is initially sideloaded. Both products have the ability to deploy updated versions of the same app, identify a different app that replaces the original app (supersedence), and uninstall the app when it is no longer supported.

You can use System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 by itself or Windows Intune by itself, or you can integrate System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 with Windows Intune. To do so, use the Windows Intune connector in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1. This level of integration allows you to centrally manage users and devices in System Center Configuration 2012 Manager and Windows Intune.

For more information about integrating System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 with Windows Intune, see How to Manage Mobile Devices by Using the Windows Intune Connector in Configuration Manager.