And the saga continues.
The latest casualty is Windows 10 Professional, which has already seen its wings clipped a couple of times in recent weeks. A lot of small businesses use Pro as they have no need for the extensive features of Windows 10 Enterprise.
Problem is that Microsoft wants as many people on the more lucrative Enterprise editions. Way back before Updategate was a thing, we warned that the addition of Candy Crush Saga to Windows was likely going to be a nightmare for system administrators, and yet again we have absolutely no pleasure in being right.
Highly respected Windows observer Mary Jo Foley reports today of a change in Windows 10 Pro which proactively turns off the ability that enabled system administrators to restrict access to the Windows Store for their networks.
In one of the more spectacularly smug moves amongst many over the last year, Microsoft has even created a Knowledge Base article for anyone trying to troubleshoot the problem.
Under the title "Can't disable Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro through Group Policy", Microsoft explains, "This behaviour is by design. In Windows 10 version 1511, these policies are applicable to users of the Enterprise and Education editions only.". For the record, it's KB3135657.