Recently Microsoft released a new Self-Service Portal for Windows 8 devices.
This new SSP App is the equivalent of the web-based Company Portal that was introduced with ConfigMgr 2012.
The biggest difference is that this new portal is a created to embrace touch.
Note that this is only supported with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and on Windows 8 client devices.
The APPX file can be downloaded here.
If you read the instructions on the page you will notice that following Registry key is required on each client PC.
You can deploy this key for instance with GPO Preferences.
Key = [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\CCM]
Value Name = PortalPackageFamily
Type = REG_SZ
Value = Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Typically with Windows 8 side-loading you need to make sure of course that the AllowAllTrusedApp reg key is existing as well. Also this can be pushed via GPOs.
Once the APPX is side-loaded to your client machines you will notice a new tile:
It can take a few minutes before your portal is ready for first use.
This is how the portal looks like. Also notice the customizations like a Company Logo that can be added since the R2 release.
As matter of completeness, here you have once again the web-based Company Portal equivalent.
Till next time!