Windows Installer 3.1 Still a Top Download

Recent Download Center newsletter noted the Windows Installer 3.1 is still in the Top 5 downloads more than three years after its original release. Title Release Date Popularity Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft…

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ISV Partner Newsletter: Windows 7 Overview

The December 2008 ISV partner newsletter offered this opportunity to learn about Windows 7. Windows 7 Overview Discover more about the features and capabilities of the upcoming Windows 7 operating system and explore the opportunities it offers to grow your business. On this site, with the videos of speeches by Windows executive leadership, you will…

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Do you use Visual Studio or .Net Framework inside App-V bubbles?

In the spectrum of deployment scenarios for Visual Studio and the .Net Framework, some have wondered whether customers are repackaging (aka sequencing) into App-V. If you use Visual Studio or the .Net Framework in an App-V bubble, drop me a line either via a comment of via the contact link. How solution designers balance the isolation…

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Microsoft Detours: “I Wish I Had Deeper Hooks into Windows”

This month’s ISV Newsletter from Microsoft contained this bumper for Detours.  Microsoft Detours: “I Wish I Had Deeper Hooks into Windows” Developers can now significantly enhance their product features by taking greater advantage of Windows functionality through Microsoft Detours. Already, more than 50 ISVs have licensed this research project. Detours can be used to intercept…

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Understanding Windows Installer is like other Win32 Development

In a recent internal email thread, I’d offered this perspective to a person who could not find a simple answer to their question in either a) the documentation, b) the tools, or b) the community. Upon reflection, this advice can be applied frequently when one needs to delve deeply into Windows Installer. The specifics of…

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An Update on the Windows Roadmap from Bill Veghte

There is an update from Bill Veghte on the messages from Microsoft around Windows at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/letter.html.  Its agenda is There are three things I want to give you an update on: Our plans for Windows XP Our progress with Windows Vista Our view on Windows 7 If you follow the Windows plans, it’s a good…

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Day One at TechEd Developer 2008 – The Keynote featuring Ballmer Bot

  Bill’s last TechEd keynote as a Full Timer at Microsoft had a new version of an old friend in the form of Ballmer Bot.  The researcher running the robot had it playing Ballmer’s well known “developer, developer, developer” line.  Got some of the best laughs of the Keynote.  Other topics included Presentation, Business Logic, Data, and…

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Pre-Conference Day at TechEd Developer 2008

It’s a beautiful Pre-Conference morning at Microsoft TechEd Developer 2008 in the Orlando Convention Center.  The pre-conference day does not have the same hustle and bustle as the full conference so it’s a good day to get your bearings.  Today was the day to checkin at kiosk and interactive theater. In the Technical Learning Center (TLC)…

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Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7 disclosure principles: respect and responsibility

If you’ve wondered why not much has been officially said about Windows 7, a blog on CNet posted today where Steven Sinofsky discusses his principles of deliberate disclosure. These two excerpts had the most resonance for me Respect I think that we’re just focused–the No. 1 goal we’re focused on is really the responsibility that we…

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Why the q: drive?

Overheard an interesting discussion on SoftGrid.  Here’s my spin on their talking points. Q: Why is the q:\ drive needed? A: Some applications write paths to the system in which they need a full path including the root.  Given migrating to SoftGrid in IT is principally done via repackaging (via a tool called a sequencer)…

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