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Allow development of Windows Store apps offline - no license required

When developing Windows Store apps, it appears that you must be connected to the internet in order to obtain a 1 month "developer license".

This seems to me to be an unnecessary hurdle to the development process. My employer has an explicit policy that prevents dev machines being Internet connected.

I understand the license is probably an anti-piracy measure (or some means to stop users deploying apps outside the Store), but seems overly heavy-handed for a development environment.

MS, please don't just assume that all your users are Internet connected, all the time. Can we have this fixed pronto, please.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I hate the fact that I have to use a ***** just to develop *my own* software!

        This is ridiculous.

      • Ken McLarenKen McLaren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        WOW! Just Wow!

        I was looking forward to writing some Windows 8.x software but, I will not be doing that now. Well at least not until I can develop without Microsoft have a control string attached to me. (hmm, I should have said "Control Thread", that's more appropriate. We are all developers after all haha). Anyways, I have been a MS supporter since DOS 3.3, and I just can't believe they are going the same route as Apple. If there is no software, then no one wants the OS, and that's what happened to Apple back in the day. MS you guys really have to re-think this. I'd hate to think my 30 years supporting you all was for nothing..

      • MaxMax commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes!!! We're far away from allwyas connected future and internet outages are common these days

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I vote that they get rid of the annoying Developer license during production. Some people are just trying to learn how to make stuff.

      • Jim WilcoxJim Wilcox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I chose the Microsoft Windows 8.1 platform before I knew about the sideload licensing. I have developed a mobile estimating app that runs on Windows RT. Now I find that I can deploy it to the salespeople in our company without them have to renew a developers license each month. If I want to get around this, I am supposed to purchase 100 Sideload License Keys? We only have 5 sales people. Also, If I write an app, why should I need to purchase a key from Microsoft in order to deploy it to my users? I waited and avoided this project until the Microsoft platform was available. My boss had asked me to do it on IOS or Android. I assured him the Microsoft platform would be top notch once it came out. Having to purchase a key to use your own software is bad enough, but making you buy 100 keys is unconscionable. Please fix this.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Put quite simply, I will refuse to develop a store app until I can do the whole thing offline. No-one shall have this control over myself or my company.
        Since Microsoft needs more apps on its store, fixing this issue will definately help cure that problem.

      • ANKITANKIT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I get error when i try to get developer license for windows 8.1
        what should I do? please suggest
        error code : 0x80072F00

      • WinMetroWinMetro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is fixed in Windows 8.1 RTM and a new hotfix for Windows 8: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2871280
        However, you need to enable these Group Policy settings to allow offline development:
        Computer configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Package Deployment\Allow all trusted apps to install
        Computer configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Package Deployment\Allow development of Windows Store apps without installing a developer license.
        You also may need to be joined to a domain to use this since MS considers this to be a enterprise feature.

      • Brian AcuffBrian Acuff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Encountering this license was the Last Straw leading to my removing "Microsoft" - the initial entry from I don't know how many years ago - from my "Preferred/Trusted" Vendors database.

        Well done, MS.

      • Reetunjoy MondalReetunjoy Mondal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft, please stop all this licensing methods for developers, atleast. If this thing continues, then it may happen that no other developer will use Windows, other than online people, which comes in the ratio (1:3)[online:offline]. They will shift to an alternate and more reliable method. This infact will create a great loss to Microsoft. By looking at the new Windows store app feature, we suggest Microsoft to enable it as off-line feature, so that a majority people can explore and inovate new ideas.

      • LanceLance commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        a license is only one issue...what about links to http resources such as winjs - how are we supposed to use those libraries if we don't have an internet connection?

      • SCSC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like to take this further - get rid of the mandatory licenses altogether. Give users a "big red button" like the one in OSX and Android that allows applications to be installed outside of the store.

        I realize the walled garden makes sense for security and financing the lower cost of Windows RT to OEMs, but judging by Windows 8 the approach has failed. Developers are flocking to other platforms and the rest are being scared off.

        Ditch the Visual Studio license requirements and just unlock the machine for the user instead on non-RT devices.

      • sinand99sinand99 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft, please fix this stupidity! I wanna develop win8 apps in an offline machine and share it with my friends without using your ****** microsoft store.

      • RichardRichard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm avoiding win 8 apps until it all matures and MS realise that following Apple style walled garden approaches isn't a great plan. The dev license thing was the final stopping point - this was after realising that flat lifeless zero gradient or differentiation is the "recommended" style now.

      • scottbilasscottbilas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At least give us a way to force refresh the license. That way when I am on a long train ride without internet I don't have my work suddenly stopped by an expired license, because I could have forced it to refresh before leaving.

      • Edvard HolstEdvard Holst commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This limitation is ridiculous... Please provide an offline method for deploying developer licenses.

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