Microsoft to Dev Enable Offline Licensing in Windows Store for Business

Organization-managed offline licensing enable organization download app binary with proper entitlements, and distribute apps using own management tools and keep track licenses used.

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Windows Store for Business, which was launched in November 2015 help developers to offer apps in volume to business and education organizations running Windows 10 with the two licensing and distribution types:

First optiong, Store-managed (online), is a default which installs "app and issues entitlements for every user in the organization who installs the app."

And, seond one, "Organization-managed (offline) is an additional choice, broadens distribution flexibility for organizations." It can even "extend opportunity to increase usage of your apps and revenue of your paid apps," writes windows store team.

Typically "multinational manufacturers, city departments and largest school districts with tens of thousands of devices" goes for organization-managed (offline) option. Because, this option gives more control over distribution of apps within the organization—including "preloading apps to Windows 10 devices, distribution to devices rarely connect to internet or distributing via private intranet networks."

Additionally, number of licenses used can also be tracked.

To enable organization-managed (offline) licensing:

  • Log in to Windows Dev Center dashboard.
  • enable offline licensing to an app and create a new submission.
  • In pricing and availability, go to Organizational licensing.
  • Check the box Make my app available to organizations with Store-managed (online) volume licensing.
  • Also check box Allow organization-managed (offline) licensing and distribution for organizations.
  • Make other desired changes to a submission, and then submit the app to Store, store team explained.

Enabling Organization-managed (offline) licensing today

Also in January this year, Dev Center rolled out a single and more efficient approval process, which uses the International Age Rating Coalition's (IARC) age rating system.

To help developers avoid the tedious manual process for selecting age ratings, Microsoft introduced more streamlined system which automatically generated ratings for PEGI, ESRB, ACB, USK and more. Based on the IARC ratings, Microsoft said, they'll issue three additional rating values for Windows Store, "a Game Software Rating Regulation (CSRR) for Taiwan", and "a Russian Age Rating System (PCBP)."

A few later back in June, the company sent out emails to developers warning them "apps that aren't rated by September 30, 2016 will be unpublished."

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