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Month: January 2014

  • Windows 8 Sideloading

    Surface RTMany developers (whether they’re small or larger) have found the requirements for sideloading in Windows 8 is quite tenuous. If you don’t have the power or the capacity to handle it, you may find yourself holding the short end of the stick. The requirements when it comes to licensing and such are immense, as well as the costs that come a long with it (this is a well-documented case).
    Removing the barriers that pertain to sideloading in Windows 8 is a job that only few can handle, but it’s something that needs to be done. The Developer Platform Evangelist team in China has released the source code for this particular act, it’s become known as “BootyBay”. If you don’t know, Booty Bay is actually a city that is prominent in the online MMO “World of Warcraft”. Even though it’s a clever play on words, it doesn’t mean that the project isn’t an incredibly serious one to tackle.

    One development team over at Microsoft has felt the need to take action, they feel sideloading issues should be a thing of the past and that Windows 8 is a new opportunity. Sideloading is a great strategy to implement into operating systems, as it allows the users to install business apps without having to get them published through the Windows Store itself.

    The code itself is under a Ms-PL (which is a Microsoft Public License), so anybody and everybody can have a crack at bettering the source code for the company. I’m sure this is just another way for scouting potential developers to look for in the future, but who knows!

    This was an incredibly happy time for developers all around, as they figured they would be able to better the code itself, but as of today Microsoft has removed the BootyBay source code from all “retailers”. They must have found a fix if they didn’t want any more development to happen within the project. Here are a few things that Microsoft themselves felt were relevant when questioned about the code:

    They felt as if the company had given a few great options to consider when it comes to sideloading LOB applications, which were to include a company portal application that works with Windows InTune or simply System Center Configuration Manager. This is another to allow employees to simply install “line-of-business” applications to their Windows 8 devices.

    Portals that allow access through third-party programs/applications (Such as AirWatch, etc) which were based off of the integration of new MDM systems within Windows 8 Phones.
    Inlcuded information about built-in Powershell commands, allowing the user to perform installations manually to the device.
    Currently there isn’t any word on when there is going to be a new and relevant project to help the sideload process, but I’m sure Microsoft is out there working their tails off to try and make the best of what they have.

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