Join Brian Culp for an in-depth discussion in this video Install apps using the Windows Store, part of Windows 10: Manage Identity.
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- [Voiceover] Here's something I find very interesting about Windows 10. There are two categories of applications that you'll run across. There's desktop apps, and modern apps. A desktop app is built to run in Windows 7 and earlier, and is designed with a keyboard and mouse in mind. The command prompt is an example of a desktop application. Also, Internet Explorer, so let me show you this real quickly. If you go to the start menu, and start typing in Internet Explorer, all you have to do is type the first few letters.
You see that at the top the best match is Internet Explorer, and underneath it, it says it's a Desktop app, so it was designed for Windows 7 and earlier, it was designed with a keyboard and mouse in mind. The other category is a modern app, so if I just backspace a few and type in Edge, Microsoft's recommended browser, this a modern app. This is also known as a trusted Windows Store app, so other examples throughout Windows 10 are Photos, Groove Music, and a modern app is built to work on mobile, it's touch-enabled, it will work on a laptop, a tablet, and even an Xbox, because Xbox's are now Windows 10 based.
If you type in groove, this is a trusted Windows Store app. I started to type in groove, there's Music, you can see that again there are two categories of apps. So, let me highlight a few of the features of a modern app. Features of a modern app include tiles, notifications and alerts, the use of Cortana, and built-in security and safety.
I'll discuss that in more detail later on. Other features of a modern app include that they can be run without administrative consent, they are eligible for automatic updates, you don't deploy service packs or hot-fixes to modern apps, they are updated in the background automatically. They have a responsive display, and that means they will look good on a desktop computer and on a phone. Finally, easy uninstall, so if you have installed a modern app, you can easily uninstall it by giving it a right-click right from the start menu, and choosing Uninstall.
Now, where do you go to install a modern app? You go to the Windows Store, and what you'll find in the Windows Store is that this is a primary repository for apps, especially modern apps. In fact, you don't install a desktop app from the Windows Store, you only install modern apps. To use the Windows Store and deploy an app on your computer, you must have a Microsoft account, so if you don't, you'll be prompted to create one the first time you use the Windows Store.
You'll see again that the apps there are Universal apps, so apps that will run on an Xbox, they'll run on a tablet, and there's some limitations. You can have one account and install up to 10 devices. That's a pretty generous limitation. Then finally, apps specific to an organization can also be available and we'll talk about that in other lessons. Let's deploy an app using the Windows Store to give you an example of what we're talking about here. First what we need to do is open up the Windows Store.
We can do that by hitting the Windows key on our keyboard, or clicking on the start menu, and just start searching, store. I type in store, there's Store, trusted Window Store app, a TWA app, and once I'm here, I can just do a search. Now I'm gonna search on something that I think makes a very interesting point that I was talking about actually earlier in this lesson. I'm gonna search for PowerPoint. I'm gonna type in PowerPoint in the search bar up here, and then press Enter.
Now, here are the results for PowerPoint as you can see, there's the app, PowerPoint Mobile, and I'm going to give it a click, and this is free. Well wait a minute? Is PowerPoint free? Well, PowerPoint Mobile is free, and PowerPoint mobile is a Universal app or a TWA app, a trusted Windows Store app. If I give it a click, because I need a Microsoft account when I install something through the Windows Store, I'm prompted to sign on, either with a Microsoft account or a work or school account, so I'm not going to go through this entire process right now.
You can certainly complete this on your own. It's just a matter of providing the correct credentials. I'll close this and close the Windows Store, and just point out one last thing. In Windows 10, if you've deployed Office 365, do this just for a giggle. Go to the start menu, and type in OneNote. You see that you have two versions of OneNote. What's up with that? Well, you have a desktop app, and that's the local installation of Office 365.
This is the full featured version of OneNote. This is the trusted Windows Store app, or the Universal app. This is meant for phone use, tablet use. Now you can certainly use it on a desktop computer, but this is built with a mouse and a keyboard in mind, this is built more towards using it on a mobile device with a touch interface. So, that hopefully drives home the difference between a desktop and a trusted Windows Store app, and reinforces the point that you have to have a Microsoft account in order to install and even use a Universal app, because if I click on that, it's gonna ask me to sign in with my personal Microsoft account.
Windows expert Brian Culp covers app installation and management; the core differences between local, domain, and Microsoft accounts; techniques for authenticating and authorizing accounts; workgroup support; and domain-level authentication options, such as multifactor authentication, Windows Hello, and virtual smart cards.
Note: This course maps to the Manage Identity domain from the Microsoft Exam 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices. Review the exam objectives here.
- Installing and managing Office 365 and Windows Store apps
- Disabling access to Windows Store
- Enabling and performing sideloading
- Sideloading an app with Microsoft Intune
- Supporting local, domain, and Microsoft accounts
- Working with Group Policy
- Supporting workgroups and domains
- Sharing resources in a workgroup
- Configuring multifactor authentication
- Configuring Windows Hello and virtual smart cards