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One curious observation I have made while doing app compat work over the past few years: The ownership of the project is assigned to the packaging team more so than any other team. Perhaps that’s because it’s the only centralized group dealing with every application, or perhaps it’s because installation failures on the new OS are the first things you notice – the rationale varies. But regardless, the team responsible for packaging definitely is an extremely interested party, if not the outright owner of the project.

As a result, when I sat down for dinner with several execs from Flexera Software (makers of InstallShield and AdminStudio, among other things), they expressed this as an area of great concern for their customers. So, in between our discussion of which tapas was the tastiest (I assure you, there was some extremely tasty tapas), we were brainstorming how we can better work together to help people who are interested in packaging be more successful when an app compat project comes along.

One idea? Let’s work on a webinar together. Flexera has a pretty successful webinar series, so let’s just partner up on one of those. So, on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:00 am Central, we’ll be doing that. It will be relatively quick and will be presented at an overview level, so if you’re looking for a debugging deep dive this probably isn’t your best bet, but one thing it will emphatically not be is marketing speak. If this perspective is useful to you, come and join us. Feel free to ask the hardest, nastiest questions you can think of!