updated 03:52 pm EST, Tue November 5, 2013
New distribution option lets organizations control individual app use
Apple has made two new improvements to its Volume Purchase Program for business and education. The first is a concept called Managed Distribution, allowing organizations to assign or revoke app licenses for individual users, instead of operating through redemption codes. A school, for instance, can assign apps and books to select groups of students, or one student at a time. The function supports iOS 7 and Mavericks clients, and can be controlled through OS X Server's Profile Manager or updated third-party device managers.
Accordingly, software from the Mac App Store is now eligible for VPP. The program lets organizations buy book and app licenses in bulk at a discounted rate, which has become particularly important as iPads are adopted by more school systems. Expanding VPP to the Mac App Store should make it easier for organizations to adopt a Mac infrastructure.