Friday, May 9, 2014

The Visual Studio Installer project is back!

With the release of Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft decided to remove support for the Visual Studio setup project template. Instead you got a template for InstallShield Limited Edition (ISLE) as an alternative.

Although rather limited, the Visual Studio setup project template was very useful for small installer projects. So lot’s of people complained… and Microsoft listened!

Last month they released a preview of the Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension. This preview release reintroduces support for Visual Studio Installer projects in Visual Studio 2013. You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery.

Visual Studio Gallery

The extension does not introduce any new features but gives you the same functionality that you currently have in Visual Studio 2010.

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