Working with Microsoft Store for Education

Learn about education scenarios for Microsoft Store for Education. IT admins and teachers can use Microsoft Store to find, acquire, distribute, and manage apps.

Manage Microsoft Store for Education settings

Access to Microsoft Store for Education

Applies to: IT admins

By default, when a teacher with a work or school account acquires Minecraft: Education Edition,they are automatically signed up for Window Store for Business, and the Basic Purchaser role is assigned to them. Basic Purchaser role allows teachers to acquire Minecraft: Education Edition and to distribute it to students.

However, tenant admins can control whether or not teachers automatically sign up for Windows Store for Business, and get the Basic Purchaser role. You can configure this with Allow educators in my organization to sign up for the Windows Store for Business. You'll find this on the Permissions page.

To manage educator access to Windows Store for Business

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Education
  2. Click Manage, and then click Permissions.
  3. Select, or clear Allow teachers in my organization to sign up for the Microsoft Store for Education.

Microsoft Store for Education permissions

Applies to: IT admins

Minecraft: Education Edition adds a new role for teachers: Basic Purchaser. As an Admin, you can assign this role to teachers in your organization. When a teacher has been granted this role, they can:

  • View the Minecraft: Education Edition product description page
  • Acquire and manage Minecraft: Education Edition, and other apps from Store for Business
  • Use info on Support page (including links to documentation and access to support through customer service)

    assign roles to manage Minecraft permissions

To assign Basic Purchaser role

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Education


    You need to be a Global Administrator, or have the Store for Business Admin role to access the Permissions page.

  2. Click Settings, and then choose Permissions.

  3. Click Add people, type a name, select the correct person, choose the role you want to assign, and click Save.

    Permission page for Windows Store for Business

    Micrososft Store updates the list of people and permissions.

Private store

Applies to: IT admins

When you create your Microsoft Store for Education account, you'll have a set of apps included for free in your private store. Apps in your private store are available for all people in your organization to install and use.

These apps will automatically be in your private store:

  • Word mobile
  • Excel mobile
  • PowerPoint mobile
  • OneNote
  • Sway
  • Fresh Paint
  • Minecraft: Education Edition

As an admin, you can remove any of these apps from the private store if you'd prefer to control how apps are distributed.

Manage domain settings

Applies to: IT admins

Self-service sign up

Self-service sign up makes it easier for teachers and students in your organization to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition. If you have self-service sign up enabled in your tenant, teachers can assign Minecraft: Education Edition to students before they have a work or school account. Students receive an email that steps them through the process of signing up for a work or school account. For more information on self-service sign up, see Using self-service sign up in your organization.

Domain verification

For education organizations, domain verification ensures you are on the academic verification list. As an admin, you might need to verify your domain using the Office 365 portal. For more information, see Verify your Office 365 domain to prove ownership, nonprofit or education status.

Acquire apps

Applies to: IT admins and teachers

Find apps for your school using Windows Store for Business. Admins in an education setting can use the same processes as Admins in an enterprise setting to find and acquire apps.

To acquire apps

To add a payment method - debit or credit card

If the app you purchase has a price, you’ll need to provide a payment method.

  • During your purchase, click Get started! Add a way to pay. Provide the info needed for your debit or credit card.

For more information on payment options, see payment options.

For more information on tax rates, see tax information.

Get started with Minecraft: Education Edition

Teachers and IT administrators can now get trials or subscriptions to Minecraft: Education Edition and add it to Windows Store for Business for distribution.

Manage apps and software

Applies to: IT admins and teachers

Manage purchases

IT admins and teachers in educational settings can purchase apps from Microsoft Store for Education. Teachers need to have the Basic purchaser role, but if they've acquired Minecraft: Education Edition, they have the role by default.

While both groups can purchase apps, they can't manage purchases made by the other group.

Admins can:

  • Manage and distribute apps they purchased and apps purchased by other admins in the organization.
  • View apps purchased by teachers.
  • View and manage apps on Manage, under Apps & software.

Teachers can:

  • Manage and distribute apps they purchased.
  • View and manage apps on Manage, under Apps & software.

Teachers with the Basic purchaser role can't manage or view apps purchased by other teachers, or purchased by admins. Teachers can only work with the apps they purchased.

Distribute apps

Manage and distribute apps to students and others in your organization. Different options are avaialble for admins and teachers.

Applies to: IT admins

To manage and distribute apps

Applies to: Teachers

For info on how to distribute Minecraft: Education Edition, see For teachers – Minecraft: Education Edition.

To assign an app to a student

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Education.
  2. Click Manage, and then choose Apps & software.
  3. Find an app, click the ellipses under Action, and then choose Assign to people.
  4. Type the email address, or name for the student that you're assigning the app to, and click Assign.

Employees will receive an email with a link that will install the app on their device. Click the link to start the Windows Store app, and then click Install. Also, in the Windows Store app, they can find the app under My Library.

Purchase additional licenses

Applies to: IT admins and teachers

You can manage current app licenses, or purchase more licenses for apps in Apps & software.

To purchase additional app licenses

  1. Click Manage, click Apps & software, and then click an app.
  2. Click Buy more to purchase more licenses

You'll have a summary of current license availability.

Minecraft: Education Edition subscriptions

Similarly, you can purchase additional subscriptions of Minecraft: Education Edition through Windows Store for Business. Find Minecraft: Education Edition in your inventory and use the previous steps for purchasing additional app licenses.

Manage order history

Applies to: IT admins and teachers

You can manage your orders through Windows Store for Business. For info on order history and how to refund an order, see Manage app orders in Windows Store for Business.

It can take up to 24 hours after a purchase, before a receipt is available on your Order history page.


For Minecraft: Education Edition, you can request a refund through Windows Store for Business for two months from the purchase date. After two months, refunds require a support call.