INSTALLSHIELD 2016 RELEASE

2016-08-29

On 23 August 2016, InstallShield 2016 will be generally available. InstallShield 2016 simplifies the transition to new technologies such as Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge (Project Centennial) by empowering developers to build MSI and EXE installers, create Universal Windows Platform app packages, and virtualize their applications with minimal scripting, coding and rework. New feature and enhancements include:

Test Your App for Compatibility with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Packages and Windows Server App Packages - Premier and Professional Editions
Scan your InstallShield project in seconds to save hours of investigative work by automatically identifying potential compatibility issues between your application and Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge (formerly known as “Project Centennial”), and Windows Server App packages.

Create Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Packages from MSI Projects Premier and Professional Editions
Prepare for the Windows Store and simplify your software’s installation experience on Windows 10 by building Universal Windows Platform app packages (formerly known as “Project Centennial”) from your existing InstallShield projects. Build both Windows Installer and UWP App Packages to support all of your customers’ desired deployment scenarios.

Create Windows Server App Packages (WSA) from MSI Projects Premier and Professional Editions
Get ready for Nano Server and Windows Server 2016 deployments by building Windows Server App packages from your existing InstallShield projects. Simultaneously create both Windows Server App packages and Windows Installer packages in your build process to easily support all of your customers’ desired deployment scenarios.

Combine Multiple UWP App Packages into One Premier Edition
Develop your installation in modules for easier deployment and maintenance, and then merge the components and dependencies at build time into a single UWP app (Appx) package for the Windows Store. For direct distribution outside the store, bundle your UWP App Packages and other dependencies together with a Suite/Advanced UI installer.

Mapped MSI Table Relationships Premier and Professional Editions
Gain insight into how MSI tables are related for more precise editing and troubleshooting. Quickly see how those changes will impact your installer to reduce the unintended consequences of manual table editing.

Custom Windows 10 Tiles Premier, Professional and Express Editions
Make your Windows Installer and UWP desktop applications “pop” on the Windows 10 Start screen with vibrant tiles for increased user engagement