Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Linkbait: November 2011

Here's this month's Industry Newsletter by my ChangeBASE colleague, Carl Bennett.

Packaging News 
A new tool from Microsoft, the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooting Tool, attempts to resolve MSI install issues.
Active Setup introduction on InstallShield blog.
A nice roundup of Program Compatibility Assistant’s features care of Chris Jackson.
All regsvr32 does is Load¬Library, Get¬Proc¬Address, and then calls the function. Why can’t you query if it was successful?
InstallShield 2012 SP1 is out.
More news on Symantec’s retirement of Wise.
Examine the contents of MSU and CAB Microsoft Update installs.
Lessmsi, the tool for quickly extracting files from MSIs now has shell integration.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 is available.

Platform News
The experience of installing Windows 8 has been improved.
Windows 8 defrag has new options.
Synaptics have unveiled a great-looking mouse driver for Windows 8.
Make your Windows 7 desktop more Autumnal with a theme.

Office News
Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is a free version of Word and Excel 2010. It also allows you to create a portable version which can be run off a USB drive.
Office 15 beta is rumoured to be out in January.
How to extract customisation information from an Office 2010 MSP.
How Office may look in the future.

Virtualisation News
A walkthrough of sequencing and deploying in Server App-V.
Server App-V has a nifty commandline for binding processes into the same bubble.
ThinApp 4.7 has been released with integration to the Horizon Application Manager. Learn about ThinApp on your smartphone.

Browser and Web News
Go to google and search for the words “do a barrel roll” or “tilt” (seems to work better in Firefox than IE for me). Oh what fun!
IE10 has the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct.
I like this ad for Google Analytics with Nick Mohammed.

Mobile News
A mobile phone in 1922.

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