Modern UI-based Windows Apportals for Windows 8.1 business users launched

Microsoft has just announced a new feature for businesses that use Windows 8.1 devices called Windows Apportals, which allows companies to create custom Modern UI-based menus for their corporate PC business.

Microsoft stated:

Windows Apportals address a long-missed insight in enterprise sales: customers use software from many vendors. Windows Apportals were built in response to numerous requests to create an "on-the-glass" integration for the wide variety of heterogeneous LOB (Line of Business) apps that exist in organizations today, including legacy Windows 7 Desktop Applications; newer Modern Windows 8 apps; and Web Applications.

The groupings in each Windows Apportal menu are made up of what Microsoft calls Grid Tiles. They are similar to the Live Tiles in the Start sceens of both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, the ordering of the Grid Tiles cannot be changed by the individual user. but are under the control of the company's IT manager. However, the admin can customize each Grid Tile for each employee.

Microsoft says:

As a result, a single Windows Apportal app can filter, share, and display data and functionality based on job role, organization, industry, and even geography – thereby enabling users to stay focused on the specific tools and information they need to do their job.

Companies are free to create their own Windows Apportals for their PCs, or they can contact Microsoft or a third party to help them with that process. What do you think of this new Windows Apportal idea and will it help to get more businesses interested in using Windows 8.1?

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham
  • Ok, now that is smart.
  • Yes but what kind? Autistic, slow or brilliant?  
  • Very smart. 
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    Very was of noble blood. She had a cousin, the KUNG fu king. The two of them tried to unify the dynasty that was Windows.
    Their method would come to be known as the royally very kung fucking retarded method. Their is little else history can tell us up to this point. It will be on you to connect the dots...
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  • OK, now that is funny.
  • I can see this becoming an invaulable tool.
  • seems, uhh....
  • Same of Azure Portal ? It's an html5 masterpiece !! I was waiting for it as an theme, now I can finally restyle my company website ;)
  • Awesome thinking! I wish I'd hadd the time to make my own individual Apportal, for organising my work: All infos of my folder structure, online collaboration tools, e-mails, Skype messages, links/favourites grouped by customer/project/whatsoever ...
  • This is much better than a locked desktop. I like this as it combines the best of IT managed desktops with an intranet style UI.
  • That's a fantastic tool for business's.
  • Looks sweet!
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  • Fundamentally speaking, this is and has been available through SCCM 2012 R2 for some time. Microsoft even has an API to develop your own front end but it still requires a capable electronic software distribution mechanism. The SCCM application catalog also includes device specific portals for iPad and iPhone with content relevant to those platforms. Is this hosted on something in their Intranet? What are the other dependencies? Are these deep links into the Windows Store? What about side loaded and publisher certificates? This article barely scratches the surface.
  • no. just no. keep that stuff away.
  • Me likey!!
  • I've been trying to get this made by someone for a while, i guess this explains why i was ignored.  lol They already were making it  :) Definitely going to be rolling this out as soon as humanly possible.
  • Genius!!
  • Awesome!