Some years ago we discontinued support for creating installer projects in Visual Studio and directed people to InstallShield for that functionality.  There were a number of reasons for that decision that I won’t detail here.  However, there was vocal feedback from many of our users that they were very unhappy with that decision.  I’m happy to tell you that yesterday, we released a preview of a new extension that will enable creating installers from VS 2013.  I expect this extension will evolve and ultimately be included in a future version of VS.

You can read more about it and find links to the download here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014/04/17/visual-studio-installer-projects-extension.aspx

It seems like every time I post any update on Visual Studio, I get the question “Did you fix the GUI? Did you bring back setup and deployment projects?” from ThomasX.  It has to have been dozens of times over the period of 2 years or more.  You have to admire the perseverance :)  I can finally, say YES! to one of the two questions :)  I’ve already answered the other question “No, we’re not doing that, if you mean reverting to the VS 2010 UI” – but that’s a whole ‘nother conversation.  Anyway, I’ll take one out of two for today :)

Please check it out and let us know of you have any feedback.

Brian