Software Deployment Question

Microsoft Installer an obsolete platform

11/08/2013 3329 views

InstallAware is announching that with the release of their direct deploy "technology" windows installer will soon be obsolete:

Now InstallAware 18's Direct Deploy is the final nail in the coffin for the obsolete Windows Installer platform!

So I just bought InstallShield 2013. What do you think, did I back the wrong horse? Will MSI technology soon be obsolete and replaced by a technology develeoped by a small turkish software vendor?

I am really confused.

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  • >Will MSI technology soon be obsolete and replaced by a technology develeoped by a small Turkish software vendor?

    Two words: "oink" and "flap".
  • Oh Geebas, I better get myself a copy of..what is it called?.. InstallAware. Then convince my Enterprise Architects that we need to move away from obsolete MSI technologies which is one of the core bits of the Windows platform.
  • damn, there goes my 10+ years of packaging experience out the window.....
  • http://karlrimkus.com/snturkish.jpg
  • Only if MicroSoft goes out of business!

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It's best not to believe marketing material, especially in the technology field.  Fast Token Ring is one of my favorite examples.


To be clear; there are no nails in any coffin for MSI technology.  It is the best method for deploying applications to a Windows system.  Nothing comes close - period.

Answered 11/08/2013 by: vjaneczko
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Pure marketing spin. Could they have produced something better than Windows Installer? Maybe. Will it become a standard embraced on the level of Windows Installer? They wish.

Windows Installer is a free, built-in technology that is the standard for Windows software installations. It has lots of features, documentation and again: it is free. To get such wide adoption, Microsoft forced it by making Windows Installer a requirement installation technology in order to receive logo certification ( see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa372825(v=vs.85).aspx ). This simply isn't an option for anyone but Microsoft.

I don't doubt InstallAware has developed something worth of attention. I've used their products before and found them to be solid. A decision to implement features that are not native to Windows Installer is really the only way for them to differentiate themselves from the competition. They are not a well known product so what you quote here is them trying to make some noise. It got your attention so I guess they are onto something ;-)

Answered 11/08/2013 by: bkelly
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