Apr 30, 2006 at 3:16 AMIon, why buy InstallShield when we have WiX? <wink/>
Apr 30, 2006 at 3:13 AMLeigh, I would encourage you to keep checking back on the WiX toolset. While the WiX v2 toolset does have a fairly steep learning curve, we're doing work in WiX v3 to reduce the learning curve. You can see our first couple experiments in ClickThrough and heat.
You can also see how the WiX toolset is showing up as the platform for other tools to create their installation packages. I expect this trend will grow such that you'll may end up using the WiX toolset and not even know it. Well, I think that'd be cool. <smile/>
Apr 30, 2006 at 2:59 AMIon,
Justin is continuing to work on Votive (which is the Visual Studio integration package that is a part of the WiX toolset) and improve it... including more IDE-like features. I'm sure he'd love help to speed the development of IDE-like features should you care to join him. <smile/>
Nov 11, 2005 at 11:18 AMI'm not actually on the Windows Installer team but I do a lot of work on the WiX toolset (mentioned above). We recently (like this weekend) added a new tool, called ClickThrough, to WiX that enables you to build auto-updating setup packages that take advantage of auto-update using RSS. I have a blog entry http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/archive/2005/11/08/490448.aspx that talks about it in more detail.
Like many of you, I'd like to see a solution in the platform but until then we're building technologies in the WiX toolset to enable many of the scenarios people describe above. Also note that the WiX toolset is Open Source so if you want to see how it is done or contribute to the cause, you're welcome to join the community.