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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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      • JabirJabir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I try it. it absolutely works on windows 10 but, please please give us any solution or hotfix for windows 8.1 please

      • Tim WoolaverTim Woolaver commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just started doing phone apps. I am primarily a hardware designer but everyone now wants everything to run on their phones so I figured, OK, I have a Window phone, I'll try that.

        I went through the tutorial about building a universal app fro C#. Of course they did not tell you this up front.

        After about a half hour, Visual studio finally told me that I needed a developers license fro $19

        NO THANKS !

        This app will be deployed on IOS and Android and not on any Windows phone ever.

        You would think they would make it easy to develop phone apps since they currently have no traction in that market.

        Typical Microsoft!!!!


      • Kevin MilesKevin Miles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For developing proprietary LOB applications this licensing stuff is about as useful as a one legged man in an a**e kicking contest.
        We have been perfectly happy with clickonce and other techniques, for years, so why on earth are you forcing this extra overhead onto developers and customers?

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very large western Company ( >30000 ) employees - No windows 8 on the network so we use a VM , No internet or domain access from the VM to outside .

        So how does the team write the software - IT don't care..

      • AndreasAndreas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I add my voice to the chorus of people here who hate this developer licencing mess. I lost a whole day of work today because the licencing service wasn't available. Finally at midnight Microsoft connected some wires and I got a one-month licence. Very frustrating. Even though I love Microsoft development tools, Android is far easier.

      • PrimoPrimo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As we all very well know...
        .All inquiries must be submitted no longer (later)...
        all so benefits you and I, gravitate toward...

      • EMACEMAC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Im triying to lean but dont have internet connection where i installed vs.net, why i need a licence?

      • DickDick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Right! Microsoft should make it much easier to get developers creating apps instead of unnecessary difficult.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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....

        Bakul Bar
        Kolkata, WB, INDIA

      • 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.

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