In June we reported on a new feature that was added to the web version of the Microsoft Store that allowed you to remotely install an app on Windows 10 devices where you have an account. Based on a Windows Insider quest in the Feedback Hub, Microsoft has brought this feature to the Microsoft Store app and is officially calling it “Push to Install”.
According to a Windows Insider Feedback Hub quest, Push to Install in the Microsoft Store app will perform just how we saw it in the web version.
Customers can purchase Windows apps and games from the Microsoft Store app today but can only install to the local device they are currently on. The Microsoft (or web site) allows a user to purchase and install an Xbox game and have it automatically pushed to their Xbox home console. Push to Install feature will provide a broader solution to allow users in the Windows Store App (or web site) to install any owned app or game to any of their applicable Windows devices. A user can now purchase a new game from their mobile phone, push it to both their Xbox console and home desktop PC, when he/she gets home both are fully installed and ready to launch.
For those apps that support the PTI feature, there will be a “Install on my devices” button next to the local “Install” button or a link of the same name in an already installed app’s menu. You can see an example of this in the image above.
When you click on “Install on my devices”, a Windows will open that lists all of the Windows 10 devices where you have an account. You can then select the device, whether it be an Xbox or Windows 10 PC, that you wish to install the app to.
In our previous tests with the web version of the Microsoft store, it took about 15 minutes for the apps to ultimately install on the remote device. Hopefully this has been optimized to have a quicker install.
According to the feedback on this Windows Insider quest, this feature is not currently available to all users, including for me. We have confirmed, though, that this feature is present for some Windows 10 users in both the Insider builds and current Windows 10 builds.
August 5, 2018