Prerequisites for Microsoft Store for Business and Education
- Windows 10
Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education will be retired in the first quarter of 2023. You can continue to use the current capabilities of free apps until that time. For more information about this change, see Update to Intune integration with the Microsoft Store on Windows and FAQ: Supporting Microsoft Store experiences on managed devices.
Starting on April 14th, 2021, only free apps will be available in Microsoft Store for Business and Education. For more information, see Microsoft Store for Business and Education.
Customers who are in the Office 365 GCC environment or are eligible to buy with government pricing cannot use Microsoft Store for Business.
There are a few prerequisites for using Microsoft Store for Business or Microsoft Store for Education.
You'll need this software to work with Microsoft Store for Business or Education.
- Employees using apps from Microsoft Store for Business and Education need at least Windows 10, version 1511 running on a PC or mobile device.
Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) or Office 365 accounts for your employees:
- IT Pros need Azure AD or Office 365 accounts to sign up for Microsoft Store for Business and Education, and then to sign in, get apps, distribute apps, and manage app licenses.
- Employees need Azure AD accounts when they access Microsoft Store for Business or Education content from Windows-based devices.
- If you use a management tool to distribute and manage online-licensed apps, all employees will need an Azure AD account.
For more information on Azure AD, see About Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, and Intro to Azure: identity and access.
While not required, you can use a management tool to distribute and manage apps. Using a management tool allows you to distribute content, scope app availability, and control when app updates are installed. This might make sense for larger organizations that already use a management tool. If you're considering using management tools, check with the management tool vendor to see if they support Microsoft Store for Business and Education. The management tool will need to:
- Integrate with the Windows 10 management framework and Azure AD.
- Sync with Microsoft Store for Business and Education inventory to distribute apps.
If your organization restricts computers on your network from connecting to the Internet, there is a set of URLs that need to be available for devices to use Microsoft Store. Some of the Microsoft Store features use Store services. Devices using Microsoft Store – either to acquire, install, or update apps – will need access to these URLs. If you use a proxy server to block traffic, your configuration needs to allow these URLs:
www.msftncsi.com(prior to Windows 10, version 1607)
www.msftncsi.comstarting with Windows 10, version 1607)
Store for Business requires Microsoft Windows HTTP Services (WinHTTP) to install, or update apps.