Enterprise IT departments will have a new tool to ease app rollouts to their users in Windows 10. Microsoft revealed more details about its plans for the Windows Store in the new version of its operating system today, and said that it will include support for business-specific app stores that can be administered by organizations.
Organizations will be able to create a “web-based store portal” that users can log into with their Azure Active Directory credentials and then download any of the apps available, while also being locked out of installing whatever they want from the Windows Store. It’s a part of the changes to Microsoft’s app store coming with the new OS that puts software for Windows PCs, tablets and phones all in the same place.
It’s also a way for companies to give users some control about what apps they install rather than using one-size-fits-all deployments, while still having the final say about what apps can and can’t go on someone’s work computer.
This is just one of the new features that Microsoft is targeting at its enterprise customers with the launch of Windows 10. This release is designed to bring organizations back into the Windows fold after a frosty reception to Windows 8. That’s why it includes popular features like a Windows 7-style Start Menu and support for multiple desktops.
Right now, people interested in getting a preview of Windows 10 can sign up for the Windows Insider Program. Everyone else will have to wait until the new OS is released next year.