Editor’s Note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from Visual C# MVP Peter Ritchie which is the 22nd in the series
Different deployment options in Windows 8
If you're used to some other app store or hub/portal-based deployment models, you might think that an externally hosted "store" might be the only option for deploying Windows 8 apps. That's simply not the case.
Windows 8 isn't just about consumer footprint devices; it's also about corporate and line of business (LOB) applications. Windows 8 is optimized for consumer electronics like touch laptops and tablets, but these form factors are also extremely important for a variety of organizations and businesses. There are a variety of businesses that can get a huge benefit out of a small, simple, touch device like a tablet. Vertical businesses like medical, on-site-customer relationship, service-oriented, etc.
If you think that the deployment option for Windows 8 applications will be the Windows Store, you might think that vertical LOB application deployment would be extremely difficult. Either you simply couldn't allow your app into the store for public consumption or you'd have to manually sideload a device at a time. That would be very limiting for larger organizations; but there are other options.
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About the author
Peter Ritchie is a software development consultant. Peter is president of Peter Ritchie Inc. Software Consulting Co., a software consulting company in Canada's National Capital Region specializing in Windows-based software development management, process, and implementation consulting. Peter has worked with such clients as Mitel, Nortel, Passport Canada, Innvapost from mentoring to architecture to implementation. Peter has considerable experience building software development teams and working with startups towards agile software development. Peter's range of experience ranges from designing and implement simple stand-alone applications to architecting n-tier applications spanning dozens of computers; from C++ to C#.
Peter is also the author of Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 http://bit.ly/c13trs and Visual Studio 2010 Best Practices http://bit.ly/Px43Pw. Follow him on Twitter.
About MVP Mondays
The MVP Monday Series is created by Melissa Travers. In this series we work to provide readers with a guest post from an MVP every Monday. Melissa is a Community Program Manager, formerly known as MVP Lead, for Messaging and Collaboration (Exchange, Lync, Office 365 and SharePoint) and Microsoft Dynamics in the US. She began her career at Microsoft as an Exchange Support Engineer and has been working with the technical community in some capacity for almost a decade. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, shopping for handbags, watching period and fantasy dramas, and spending time with her children and miniature Dachshund. Melissa lives in North Carolina and works out of the Microsoft Charlotte office.