Just to reiterate, VS2010 is the last version of Visual Studio to support Visual Studio Deployment Projects
Just to re-iterate last year's post,Visual Studio Setup & Deployment Projects declared dead & retired. VS2010 will be the last…, Visual Studio Deployment projects are EOL'ed. VS2010 is the last version that will support them.
The Visual Studio setup projects will not ship again – VS 2010 was the last release with support for it. So, you’ll want to make plans to migrate to something else. Of course, I’d suggest looking into WiX, and there are other options as well. The MSDN page Choosing a Windows Installer Deployment Tool contains a table showing a comparison of VS setup projects, WiX, and InstallShield Limited Edition.
Future versions of Visual Studio will not include the Visual Studio Installer project templates. To preserve existing customer investments in Visual Studio Installer projects, Microsoft will continue to support the Visual Studio Installer projects that shipped with Visual Studio 2010 per the product life-cycle strategy. For more information, see Expanded Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for Business & Development Products.
Every time I hear this or think about this, that in VS.Next we're not going to get a means to build a setup/installer/MSI in the VS box just pisses me off. What the heck is an uber development environment worth if we can't easily deploy our apps? We need a third party project to create MSI's, "Microsoft Installer" files (the irony in that kills me)? We'll need to download and install something to build installers (again the irony...)?
Is Microsoft saying that MSI/Setup's are dead? That we won't need them any more? That we're going to get something better? Are we just getting part of the story? Damn, I sure hope so.
I'm not saying that third party products are bad (not at all as I dig WiX), but for simple, quick and easy Setups/MSI's it's hard to beat Visual Studio Deployment Projects. Can we at least get a hint that we're going to get more information at MIX/TechEd/PDC about this? The echoing silence around this bugs me.