Pick your Company Portal app

CompanyPortalTwitterThis weekend I posted a small tweet showing the tabs, in my browser, to the different Company Portal apps. In that same tweet I promised the overview that follows in this blog post. By now there are 8 different versions of the Company Portal app and specific to Microsoft Intune that number is 7. These Company Portal apps differ in things like product, platform and availability.

This blog post will describe the different Company Portal apps, their platforms, their usage, their main requirements, their availability and, if needed, their important notes. All that information should help you with picking the right version of the Company Portal app and all that information can be found in the following table.

Company Portal app More information
Configuration Manager Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app allows the user to view and install applications that are made available to the user and communicates directly with the ConfigMgr on-premises infrastructure. It’s an alternative for the Application Catalog, meant to create a single user experience together with the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app.
Requirement: The app needs the registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\CCM with value PortalPackageFamily set to Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.xap) Platform: Windows Phone 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s required for those users that still have a Windows Phone 8 device.
Requirement: The app needs to be signed with a Symantec code-signing certificate, as described in this article. Also, to deploy apps to devices with Windows 8 and later, there are sideloading requirement as explained in this table.
Available: Download Center.
Note: When this app is used in combination with Windows Phone 8.1 devices, block the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app from the Windows Phone Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s meant for those users that do not have access to the Windows Phone Store.
Requirement: The app needs to be signed with a Symantec code-signing certificate, as described in this blog post.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s meant for those users that do not have access to the Windows Store.
Requirement: To deploy apps to devices with Windows 8 and later, there are sideloading requirement as explained in this table.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Windows Phone Store) Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and later
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Windows Phone Store a Microsoft account is required.
Available: Windows Phone Store.
Note: When this app is used in combination with Windows Phone 8 devices, use an uninstall on the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app coming from Microsoft Intune standalone, or create a specific requirement for Windows Phone 8 devices on the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app coming from Microsoft Intune hybrid.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Windows Store) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Windows Store a Microsoft account is required.
Available: Windows Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Apple App Store) Platform: iOS 6.0 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Apple App Store an Apple account is required
Available: Apple App Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Google Play Store) Platform: Android 4.0 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Google Play Store a Google account is required.
Available: Google Play Store.

Note: On every platform, my preference will always be the store version of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. These versions are always up-to-date and contain the latest features.

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