Microsoft will close its software stores for business and school users in early 2023. The Microsoft Store for Business and Store for Education are closing to allow publishers to release their apps in the new Store for Windows 10 and 11.
The company writes in an update that it will stop the two Stores on Windows 10 in the first quarter of 2023. The Stores will also not be implemented in Windows 11 before that time. Until then, users can still use the Stores to download free apps. to download.
Microsoft thus confirms suspicions that many users already had. The company announced last month that it would open a revamped Store for both Windows 10 and Windows 11. Developers can offer Win32 apps there and implement their own payment systems. .NET, UWP and PWA apps can also be offered there.
The Store for Business and the Store for Education could be used by system administrators. They could use the Stores to make applications available within corporate and school networks. That was never very popular, especially since other third-party tools also enabled such software distribution. Microsoft says it plans to make such software management capabilities available through the new Microsoft Store as well as the Microsoft Endpoint Manager and the new Package Manager.
In the first half of 2022, administrators will be able to roll out apps in the new Store to managed devices. The Package Manager is available for unmanaged devices. Managing applications via the Store will remain possible until the first quarter of 2023.