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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 has Released

    To provide incremental value to our customers, we have released Visual Studio Update 1 and will be notifying all Visual Studio 2012 customers via toast notifications (like you get for VS package updates) soon. Soma’s blog has more information on VSUpdate in general, as well as some of the features you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3.6 Released

    The Windows Installer XML (WiX) team has released version 3.6 which, most notably, released a powerful and customizable chainer named Burn . The Visual Studio 2012 setup applications were built on Burn using features such as package caching , reference counting , and sticky patching to improve the overall...
  • Blog Post: How Visual Studio 2012 Avoids Prompts for Source

    Requiring source packages during installation , repairs , and even uninstall are common occurrences for some customers. The core issue is that Windows Installer needs the source location of the package and its files to install - and can't find them automatically - when attempting to restore the machine...
  • Blog Post: New Revision of the July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 RC

    We have released a new revision of the July 2012 Update for VS2012 RC . This update replaces – or supersedes – the previous update , which means the download link is the same. We have retained the previous packages that VSUpdate installs – or chains – to support customers who may still require source...
  • Blog Post: July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 RC

    A few months ago we introduced a new method of delivering updates to Visual Studio 2012. Today we published updates in the same manner for Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidates. You can download the July 2012 update (KB2703187) for VS2012 RC from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=257044 . More information...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Installer XML v3.6 Release Candidate

    On a day of many great Release Candidate (RC) announcements , I should not forget another important RC milestone: Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3.6 RC . We’ve made a lot of improvements, simplified some scenarios, and fixed a lot of bugs. Download v3.6 RC and give it a try and let us know if you find...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) – formerly known as Visual Studio 11 – is now available for download ! Jason Zander’s blog has a lot of great information on all the exciting changes we have made, including improvements to setup. I encourage you to download and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Beta Updates

    Today we announced a new method of delivering updates using a notification system many Visual Studio developers should be familiar with: the Visual Studio Extension Manager. Developers will now be notified in Visual Studio when updates are available. When the notification balloon is clicked, Extension...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 11 Beta

    Along with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview , we have released Visual Studio 11 Beta and Jason Zander has announced many of the great new and improved features in VS11 Beta. We have also introduced a new setup experience with VS11. Setup is built atop Burn, the Windows Installer XML engine...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 has shipped

    As announced in Soma’s blog post , Visual Studio 2010 SP1 has been released to MSDN subscribers today and will release to the general public on Thursday, March 10th. We have made a number of significant changes in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from past releases we hope will make deployment smoother for both...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta

    If you haven’t seen from Soma’s or Jason’s blog, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta is available today for MSDN Subscribers and will be available on Thursday for the general public. This service pack contains a lot of performance improvements and a new Help Viewer based on strong customer feedback. You can...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 RC and Visual Studio 2010 RC Available Now

    Announced yesterday for MSDN subscribers , the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidates are available today for everyone to download . Feedback on VS2010 RC has been great, and we hope you agree. Feel free to provide feedback about your installation and development experience...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Released

    As announced on Soma’s blog this morning, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 have been released to MSDN Subscribers and will be available for everyone on Wednesday. Visual Studio 2010 boasts a great new user interface with better contrast and lots of UI elements that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 should be removed before upgrading to Windows 7

    If you have been beta testing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 , we recommend you install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on your machine. Alternatively, you may also choose to uninstall Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 prior to upgrading to Win7. Microsoft Windows 7 is available to MSDN and...
  • Blog Post: Updated log collection utility available for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1

    Last Monday we shipped Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 to MSDN customers, and made them publicly available Wednesday. More information about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 are available on MSDN , and Aaron Stebner has a good collection of direct links . While we have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3 Beta Released

    Since plans were made to ship WiX v3 in the box for Visual Studio 2010, the WiX working group has been working on fixing all outstanding bugs in the WiX v3 code base. Bob Arnson uploaded packages last week as a test on SourceForge and this week the following installation packages were uploaded on the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 Released

    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, and Team Foundation Server 2008 Service Pack 1 have been released . This is a big release on the heals of SQL Server 2008 which has a dependency on .and includes NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This is a big release with many new...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 is Now Available

    Windows Installer 4.5 is now available on the download center for a variety of platforms, including Windows XP SP2 and newer, Server 2003 SP1 and newer, and both Vista and Server 2008 RTM and newer. The Windows Installer 4.5 SDK is also available as a separate download , and the documentation has been...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 Beta 2 Available

    The Windows Installer team released Windows Installer 4.5 Beta 2 recently. While not a lot has visibly changed since the first beta for which I provided an overview , it's important to note that a new column was added to the CustomAction table since changes to column types are not supported in a transform...
  • Blog Post: Fixes in Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and 3.0 SP1

    A reader pointed out that the list of fixes for .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 were published. I also see from the .NET Framework 3.5 download page that the list of fixes for .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 were also published. Both are listed below. Problems that are fixed in the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: How to Install TFC without PPE

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 , now available for MSDN subscribers and Express editions freely available to everyone , is a huge application. It takes a while to install and, in the case of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , a long time to patch. Installing or patching multiple copies of shared components...
  • Blog Post: Detection Logic fixed for KB937061 (MS07-052)

    Customers have been offered KB937061 for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 from Microsoft Update when they have already installed it. The Microsoft Security Response Center blog has more information about the problem and what they have done to fix it. I wanted to add that because patches are cached according...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 Beta Available

    Windows Installer 4.5 Beta is now available to those signed up through Connect . Along with the whitepapers posted earlier, binaries for x86, x64, and IA64; headers; and libraries are all available. Expect to see more technical details on individual Windows Installer 4.5 features in the weeks to come...
  • Blog Post: Performance Issue to be Addressed in .NET 3.5

    Current .NET Framework patches may not NGEN some assemblies as was recently discovered for KB928365 . We have worked out a solution and Surupa Biswas, a PM on the CLR team, wanted me to pass along the following information. As indicated in this post , an update to the CLR or to just the Framework 2.0...
  • Blog Post: KB928365 for MS07-040 Leaves Some Managed Applications Sluggish

    After installing Security Update KB928365 for the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to fix MS07-040 , some users are noticing some managed applications - especially those developed using the Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) - are running sluggish. The apparent problem is that native images, which are...
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