Hello Everyone --
The schedules for Microsoft TechEd 2008 in sunny Orlando, Florida have recently been posted and I am pleased to announce that we will have FOUR Windows Installer-related sessions: two during the Developers Conference June 3-6 and two during the IT Professionals Conference June 10-13.
IT Professionals Conference Sessions:
Software Packaging and Deployment with Windows Installer (MSI) 4.x
Join Windows Installer Lead Program Manager Tyler Robinson, as he discusses the latest release of Windows Installer: version 4.5. In this session, the servicing and packaging agility improvements in Windows Installer 4.5 are discussed, along with their impact on common corporate deployment scenarios. Additionally, tips and tricks for deploying all types of Windows Installer (MSI) packages are discussed, with plenty of time for Q & A at the end.
Advanced Software Distribution Tricks with Windows Installer (MSI) 4.x
Windows Installer Test Engineer Ken Wong and Lead Program Manager Tyler Robinson discuss the tools that Windows Installer 4.x adds to a system administrator’s arsenal for distributing software inside their corporation. This deep dive compliment to the “Software Packaging and Deployment with Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5” session is designed to be interactive, so please come ready with questions to be answered during the session.
Developers Conference Sessions:
Demystifying Installation Requirements of the Certified for Windows Logo
With the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 "Certified for Windows" logo program, Windows is now requiring either ClickOnce or Windows Installer as the application packaging technology. While application installation is among the top application compatibility issues for users moving to the latest Windows platform, users see fewer issues when developers have packaged their applications with an application packaging technology native to the platform. In consultation with both application installation users and subject matter experts, the Certified for Windows logo has added the most requested items to the installation requirements and test cases. In this session, former Windows Application Deployment Team (home of Windows Installer and ClickOnce) program manager Robert Flaming discusses the justification for some of the "Certified for Windows" requirements and walks through some common issues that users have had to tackle as they prepare to get their "Certified for Windows" logo.
Windows and Frameworks
Designing within Windows Installer (MSI) Architecture: Embracing User Account Control, Multi-Package Transaction, and Other Windows Advances via Windows Installer
User Account Control has created new challenges for ISVs creating packages for Windows. Windows Installer 4.0 and 4.5 has extended its architecture to account for the new User Account Control experiences for the most seamless integration on Windows Vista (and above). This session discusses the Windows Installer architecture and how ISVs can build packages that appropriately take advantage the architecture. This session is designed to be interactive, so please come ready with questions to be answered.
If you plan to attend TechEd, please attend our sessions and say HI to myself, Ken, Hem and Robert!
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