Software Center: Add the ability to customize Software Center
Create a Software Center Builder similar to the Admin Console Builder application. The ability to customize the Software Center is a frequent ask from customers and this would provide the ability to customize elements to improve end user usability, such as hiding elements that may confuse customers.
This capability is available in the 1710 release of Configuration Manager. More details available here https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/11/20/now-available-update-1710-for-system-center-configuration-manager/. There are a lot of different suggestions on this one. This work represents just a few:
1. Ability to hide/show tabs
2.Company name/Logo/Color separate from Intune
3. Framework to add additional customizations (more quickly) in future releases based on feedback.
If your particular comment/request is not one of these please give us the feedback through a new suggestion. We’re very interested in seeing the feedback.
If Remote control is disabled on clients, the setting is still shown in Software Center but greyed out. Pls either hide the remote control settings completely or to be able to hide this in Client Settings. This is really confusing for users to see that remote control is enabled but in fact it isn't.
M. Braswell commented
I like this feature. It would work better for us if it was available for Custom Client User Settings.
Parmjit Kanth commented
A tool to manage the functionality and customization of Software Center would be most helpful indeed.
Sai Kurapati commented
Yes, we need this feature otherwise it is causing lot of confusion for end users where the Applications and Updates are deployed as available.
Change the description field to be longer than 116 characters.
External hyperlink to the company's IT support page/site.
External hyperlink to the company's software procurement system.
e.g. Casper Pro's Self Service catalogue for Mac: http://docs.jamf.com/9.9/casper-suite/administrator-guide/Self_Service_User_Experience_on_Computers.html#src-11272330_id-.SelfServiceUserExperience_Cv9.82-USSP
Sascha Stumpler commented
Software Center in TP1708 looks great!!! Some improvements would be nice:
- possibility to define custom colors (button is greyed out)
- possibility to define the header font color (When you set the background to yellow white is used as font color and you can't read it)
Company colors and logo would be desirable.
Robert Gifford commented
Hey Configmgr team,
i would add a few things,
one add an ability for an admin to modify the background template XML file or have it presented in a directory that can be changed to allow an admin to add custom banner icons, tables fields ect.
all current maintenance windows the device is apart of presented in a table, aka
"Maintenance window for WSUS\SUP" / "Maintenance window for current software deployment"
app administrator of the applications (eg within the application add a selection with tagging to allow certain departments or service centres to handle software issues requests)
current device health and issues if a client tries to install an application larger than the free-space BEFORE the deployment.
a few others but this will do for now :)
Add "approval required yes/no" column or another indicator (Icon?). The only reason why the catalog is simpler. I see all apps requiring approval directly and don't have to click through them
Alex Perez commented
@Mark Silvey, in my case I would like to be able to hide the Options tab in software center. It's hard to explain/sell some of these to upper management.
I would like the option to default to List view instead of Tile view. In list view the software icons look a lot cleaner.
Hmmm can we change the view to look like the application catalog and do away with the application catalog (which requires a we browser)? Since we are using Silverlight anyway? :) I would like to able to instruct the user to the Software Center > This category > this app.
Or Add the categories to the Software Center.
J. Allen commented
Baby steps... a LOGO would be awesom
Michael A. commented
- Add company logo
- Button "Scan for new application"
- Button "Scan for windows updates"
- Applications: Let Admins change the default filter as example not "All" only "New"
- Applications: Let Admins change or control the "NEW" Tag
- Options: Let Admins change the Business hours
- Hide pages and configurations that you don't need or greyed out
Now that the Approvals dialog exist directly in Software Center, we'd love to be able to customize the messaging. 'This application requires administrator approval' is not what we'd choose to tell our customers about what's happening when they click the Request button.
Brian Schmidt Pedersen commented
To begin with, simply allow the admin to define what to present to the users on the first screen.
Since various software, task sequences, drivers, are made available through the software center, so the end users can install/run the items as needed, it quickly becomes very cluttered when f.ex. the first screen the end user is presented with is 50 different printer drivers.
The quick and dirty solution would be to give the admin a way to define a default filter, so f.ex. the "Applications" category is shown by default.
As we use the Software Center as a place to find all applications that users can install without calling the service desk, it would be very useful to show only Applications on the "main page". Updates are deployed so that they are first available for self installation and after a few days forced. If these were either in a separate section or easily switched between views, it would not look like such a mess that it does now. All the updates are spread (alphabetically) between the actual applications. Also we have a possibility to make a refresh install of the whole OS, so that especially should be separate since now it looks like just another application, which is confusing.
I would like the ability to add a category (almost like a folder) in the Software Center named Engineering Apps and when clicked it would show AutoCAD and other eng apps I deployed.
I would also like to have the Software Center to have the ability (setting on the client settings) to automatically trigger a hardware inventory after software has been installed or removed.