|InstallAware is shipping the first (and only) dedicated third-party IDE targeting the next-generation MSIX packaging format from Microsoft, with full support for modifying and rebuilding packages built with any native or third-party packaging tool.
San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2019 – InstallAware Software, the technology leader in software installation, repackaging, and virtualization solutions for application producers and enterprises; is launching InstallAware MSIX Editor on Friday this week. InstallAware MSIX Editor is the first – and only – third-party IDE for traditional and agile development teams creating next-generation MSIX packages for distribution on the Microsoft Windows platform, and for submission to the Microsoft Windows Store.
Reflecting a paradigm shift compared to previous-generation MSI packages, MSIX files are essentially ZIP archives with no runtime decision making capabilities. This differs from InstallAware built MSI packages which rose to fame thanks to their unsurpassed ability to make decisions at install-time; helping developers deliver a single setup to install applications of any complexity on all possible combinations of platform architecture, operating system, application framework dependency, and other hardware/software elements.
Despite the impossibility of embedding runtime intelligence into MSIX packages, they are the only format accepted by Microsoft for Windows Store submissions. MSIX packages also run in a secure sandbox, which while being isolated from the core operating system, are able to interface with almost as much of the user endpoints as with MSI packages. Security and ease of management are key mantras of the MSIX vision, which Microsoft has made clear is the future direction of application deployment on Windows.
The InstallAware MSIX Editor ingests any existing MSIX package, whether or not it was built with an InstallAware, Microsoft, or third-party tool. Unveiling the entirety of its contents, the InstallAware MSIX Editor permits any range of modifications to be made to the package – from files to registry keys, shortcuts to language, and identity to capabilities. The changes may be saved as a new MSIX package, or in the form of a modification package for the existing package. It is also possible to build a package from scratch.
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