The results from our Smart Client survey show that deployment challenges are among the top concerns of developers and solution architects creating smart client solutions (76% of respondents claim this to be either very challenging or challenging). Microsoft will ship a technology in the Whidbey timeframe to address this specific challenge: ClickOnce.
In the meantime, the Microsoft patterns & practices team has shipped an application block whose goal is to address this challenge also: Updater Application Block. Based on the feedback we've received so far and following the process we published last week, we'd first like to understand how we could enhance Updater Application Block in the short term while at the same time preparing for what will be available next year with .NET 2.0.
For this reason, we have created a 10 minute survey you can access at: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB2PTKA74NA
If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire please send an e-mail to: pagscpex AT microsoft.com
Thanks very much,
patterns & practices Smart Client Team