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Using the Windows Store in an Enterprise Environment

In our environment, we are currently blocking the Windows Store through Group Policy.  However, this has lead to some issues with certain Windows Store/UWP apps (namely Photos and Sticky Notes) intermittently becoming corrupted.  While we've chalked that up to the applications attempting to update from the Store and being unable to do so, we're not entirely sure if that is the case or if it is caused by another issue with our environment.  We can generally get around it by resetting the app through PowerShell, but as that's a rather adverse user experience, we're looking to unblock the Store for users.  However, there are some concerns about the Store being used for many non-Enterprise related apps (as well as the fact that it advertises many games on the launch page).

The question is essentially two fold:

  • For those of you who are currently blocking the Windows store, are you experiencing similar issues with Windows Store applications?
  • For those of you who are not blocking the Windows store, what sort of measures in place (if any) to govern which applications users can install from the store?
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Seth Simmons

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Colleen Kayter

Blocking the store also blocks useful tools such as Translator, M-W Dictionary, and Sway. I agree with Cliff that it's really about company policy, not group policy. Trust your users to follow company policy regarding computer usage just as they do regarding alcohol at work.

As a former sys admin with 65 users, I had a lot more trouble with them opening malicious e-mail attachments than installing games on their computers.
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Accept: Cliff Galiher (https:#a42088693)

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