You can install Microsoft apps with Intune and receive updates whenever a new version is released. Intune can also automatically update Microsoft apps. The Microsoft Store supports UWP apps, desktop applications packaged as .msix, and Win32 apps packaged as .exe or .msi installers. You can browse the apps in Intune and install or uninstall them.
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The devices must meet the following requirements to install Microsoft Store apps with Intune:

  • Devices should support at least two core processors to successfully install and run Microsoft Store apps.
  • Devices need to support the Intune Management Extension (IME) to install Microsoft Store apps.
  • Devices need to access the Microsoft Store and destination content to install Microsoft Store apps.

To install Microsoft apps with Intune, follow these steps:

Go to Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal > Apps > All Apps > Add > Select App type. Select Microsoft Store app (new) and click Select.

Select the Microsoft Store app type

Select the Microsoft Store app type

Under App information, search the application that you want to install, and then click Select.

Search the Microsoft Store app from the list

Search the Microsoft Store app from the list

If you can't find the app in Intune, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  • The app is not available in your region
  • The app is only available for users aged 12 and above
  • The app is a paid app, which is not supported
  • The app is an Android app
  • The app is a Microsoft Store for Business app that is not publicly available in the consumer store

According to Microsoft, once the application is selected, the following fields are populated:

Name of the FieldDescriptionRequired
NameThe name of the app is prepopulated from the store's metadata. Enter the name of the app as it appears in the Company Portal.Required
DescriptionThe description of the app is prepopulated from the store's metadata.Required
PublisherThe publisher of the app.Required
Installer TypeThe installer type of the application package is distinguished by either the UWP or Win32 installer types.N/A Prefilled
Package IdentifierThe app's unique ID in the Microsoft Store.N/A Prefilled
Install behaviorThe install behavior of the app, whether the app has the option of either System or User install behaviors.Select System or User
CategorySelect one or more of the built-in app categories, or select a category that you created.Optional
Show this as a featured app in the Company PortalDisplay the app prominently on the main page of the company portal when users browse for apps.Must select Yes or No
Information URLEnter the URL of a website that contains information about this app.Optional
Privacy URLEnter the URL of a website that contains privacy information for this app.N/A Prefilled
DeveloperEnter the name of the app developer.Optional
OwnerEnter the name of the owner of this app. An example is IT department.Optional
NotesEnter any notes that you want to associate with this app.Optional
LogoUpload an icon that is associated with the app.
Prepopulated Microsoft Store app field information

Prepopulated Microsoft Store app field information

Click Next to proceed.

You'll then see three types of assignments: Required, Available for enrolled devices, and Uninstall. The table below lists the assignment type details.

Assignment TypeAssignment OptionsDescription
RequiredAdd group, Add all users, Add all devicesThe app is installed on devices in the selected groups
Available for enrolled devicesAdd group, Add all usersUsers install the app from the Company Portal
UninstallAdd group, Add all users, Add all devicesThe app is uninstalled from devices in the selected groups
Microsoft Store app assignment details

Microsoft Store app assignment details

I want to make the app available for all users, so I selected All users under Available for enrolled devices. You can also add users or device groups.

Assigning the Microsoft Store app to all users

Assigning the Microsoft Store app to all users

Click Edit assignment, and then change the end user notifications if you want to display all toast notifications or only restart notifications.

The restart grace period and the installation deadline can also be set. Choose Filter mode if you want to include or exclude certain devices or users in this assignment. Click Next to proceed.

Configuring end user notifications and restarting the grace period

Configuring end user notifications and restarting the grace period

On the Review + Create page, review the settings you have configured, and then click Create to add the application to Intune.

Review configured app information and create the application

Review configured app information and create the application

The UWP type app of the Microsoft Store will be automatically updated. As you see in the screenshot below, the application has been created and is displayed under All apps in Intune.

The application is added to Intune

The application is added to Intune

The app is installed on the device. You can monitor the installation status under Device install status. If you target the application to users, the installation status will appear under User install status.

The application is installed on the device

The application is installed on the device

Intune will take control of Microsoft Store Win32 applications installed manually without Intune or Microsoft Store for Business. At the moment, Win32 apps in the Microsoft Store are in preview, and not all Win32 apps are available or searchable; types include EXE and MSI installers. There are some Group Policy restrictions that will prevent the deployment of Microsoft apps from the Microsoft Store.

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Store Group PoliciesDesired Setting
Store\Disable all apps from the Microsoft StoreNot configured or Disabled. Set to Disabled if you wish to prevent end users from blocking the scenario.
Store\Turn off Automatic Download and Install of updatesNot configured or Disabled. Set to Disabled if you need to prevent end users from blocking the scenario.
Desktop App Installer\Enable App Installer Microsoft Store SourceNot configured or Enabled. Set to Enabled if you wish to prevent end users from blocking the scenario.
Desktop App Installer\Enable App InstallerNot configured or Enabled. Set to Enabled if you wish to prevent end users from blocking the scenario.
Store\Turn off the Store applicationNot configured or Disabled. Set to Disabled if you need to prevent end users from blocking the scenario.

Currently, Microsoft Store apps cannot be displayed on the enrollment status page because they will be installed after the enrollment page is completed. Device provisioning of UWP apps & ARM64 type installers is not supported via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft is planning to include this support in a future release.

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