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.
For some of us whe can't have an internet connection all the time on all machines either for security or internet availability please, provide a way to obtain a license off-line.
Could be via e-mail or even via web but with the posibility to bring say a "file" to an off-line computer and use it there.
Our internal financial application
- has thousands of internal users in our company.
- has no connection except to an in-house database server
- development is done in machines not connected to the internet for security reasons
- source code and files deployed are audited for only approved connections
- source code is not sent outside of IT for validation, verification, etc. (i.e., can't send to a store for its review, even an intermediate language review of the .net assemblies).
- .NET produced binaries are obfuscated and shipped in native machine code
How can we build and distribute a Windows 8 desktop or Windows 8 tablet version of the application?
It's currently Windows 7, built entirely in-house without third party components, and deployed without an external vendor license key.
Simply stated, how we can get the same deployment process for a Win tablet as is done for a Windows 7 desktop for in-house applications?
It's high time to thing about Android's progress....
without free service windows windows app also store app cant get market..
Because free service help to learn for everyone and everyone have a power to create a market....
Kolkata, WB, INDIA
I hate the fact that I have to use a ***** just to develop *my own* software!
This is ridiculous.
Ken McLaren commented
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..
Yes!!! We're far away from allwyas connected future and internet outages are common these days
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 Wilcox commented
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.
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.
how do I force license apps. ye know like buy the trial then force license em
I get error when i try to get developer license for windows 8.1
what should I do? please suggest
error code : 0x80072F00
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.
Microsoft XNA commented
sumanth sadanala commented
seriously need offline alternative
Brian Acuff commented
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 Mondal commented
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.