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  • Blog Post: Release date for MSI 4.5 now looks like Q2-ish

    Back on September 1st, I answered the question When will Windows Installer 4.5 be RTM-ed ? with Q1 of 2008. Turns out that date was too optimistic. Q2 of 2008 now looks more realistic but , given the first optimistic mistake and in an abundance of caution to avoid compounding the first mistake, let's...
  • Blog Post: What is the protocol for releasing beta software that depends on Windows Installer 4.5 beta?

    A question been raised in a couple of contexts is the protocol for shipping a beta on beta software. Question What is the protocol for shipping beta software that depends on Windows Installer 4.5 beta? Answer We encourage producing a beta software that integrates the features of Windows Installer...
  • Blog Post: Did you really mean to build a patching feature that we can't patch to because of a schema change?

    Our friends with WiX (principally bloggers Rob Mensching and Heath Stewart ) had some questions about the schema changes. One of those questions was: Question: Did you really mean to build a patching feature that we can't patch to because of a schema change? Context: Windows Installer 4.5 supports...
  • Blog Post: Where is good, comprehensive training covering the Windows Installer?

    Our friend and blogger Aaron Stebner asked on behalf of his readers whether the Windows Installer had recommendations for "good, comprehensive training covering" the Windows Installer. This question comes up regularly and I've built up the following stock answer. Windows Installer depends on our...
  • Blog Post: What Windows platforms will Windows Installer 4.5 ship in?

    Our friends at InstallShield had some questions about schedule and platforms. One of those questions was: Question: What Windows platforms will Windows Installer ship in? Answer: Windows Installer 4.5 will initially ship as a Windows redistributable component via download center. At RTM, redistributable...
  • Blog Post: When will Windows Installer 4.5 be RTM-ed?

    Our friends at InstallShield had some questions about schedule and platforms. One of those questions was: Question: When will Windows Installer 4.5 be RTM-ed? Answer: Our current plan is to target the first quarter of calandar year 2008. This date is driven by the Wave 2008 release goals . ...
  • Blog Post: Do the new API's Msi(Begin/Join/End)Transaction work with external UI as well as the new internal UI?

    Our friends at InstallAware had some questions on issues we have yet to answer in the beta MSI.CHM. One of these questions was: Question: Do the new API's Msi(Begin/Join/End)Transaction work with external UI as well as the new internal UI? Answer: Yes, Begin and End work from external UI/chainer...
  • Blog Post: Is it possible to silently run the Vista installation package for MSI 4.5?

    Our friends at InstallAware had some questions on issues we have yet to answer in the beta MSI.CHM. One of these questions was: Question Is it possible to silently run the Vista installation package for MSI 4.5? Answer Fair question. I didn't get that documentation updated for the beta. I'll...
  • Blog Post: Can I talk about the Windows Installer 4.5 Beta now? Yes, please

    A number of Windows Installer enthusiasts have asked whether they can talk about the Windows Installer 4.5 Beta now . The answer is: yes, please ;^) We’ve found some of the best feedback comes from when the community of experts aggregate their separate points of view via collaboration and consensus...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 Beta is Now Posted

    The Windows Installer 4.5 Beta binaries, CHM, headers, and libs are all now accessible at http://connect.microsoft.com . We are eager to hear your feedback on our new features. We’d also like your feedback if you find compatibility problems that are unique to the Windows Installer 4.5 beta. The feedback...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 Beta Accepting Nominations

    The Windows Installer team is closing in on our Beta release of Windows Installer 4.5 so it's time to open the Beta program. As usual, the connect site at http://connect.microsoft.com is the host for the program. The Windows Installer 4.5 specific subsite is at https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails...
  • Blog Post: Invitation to Windows Installer Tools Vendors for a Live Meeting Event

    We'd like to invite Windows Installer tools vendors to a Live Meeting event in the second half of May 2007. At this event we'll discuss the next step for the Windows Installer so you can consider the fit to your plans. If you are an interested Windows Installer tools vendor, please click the “Email...
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