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Flexera Software's InstallShield 2012 Spring is Microsoft's Software Installer of Choice

June 06, 2012
By Rachel Ramsey, Software Licensing Web Editor

Flexera Software, a provider of application usage management solutions for application producers and enterprises, recently launched InstallShield 2012 Spring. InstallShield is the global de facto installation development solution on more than 500 million PCs, supporting traditional and agile development teams with their Windows, cloud and virtualization installation requirements.

Software producers must continually update their applications to keep up with customer demand. InstallShield 2012 Spring checks for the latest updates and patches at installer run-time. If an update is found, it will automatically be downloaded and run in place of the old installer, ensuring that users always have the latest version of the application installed.

"Enterprises are in the midst of significant transformation -- the consumerization of IT, virtualization and the cloud to name a few examples," said Maureen Polte, vice president of product management at Flexera Software. "This creates new opportunities for software producers able to deliver next-generation solutions while creating an exceptional experience -- starting with software installation. InstallShield 2012 Spring demonstrates Flexera Software's leadership in the installation management space as an enabler to desktop transformations and the cloud."

InstallShield 2012 Spring empowers software producers with support for emerging technologies using traditional and agile development processes. It offers new Microsoft SQL Azure database scripting capabilities enabling software producers to support hybrid cloud deployments of their applications.

"SQL Azure is a highly available and scalable cloud database service, built on SQL Server technologies, that makes it easy for enterprises to extend solutions to the cloud without having to migrate all of their data or existing enterprise datacenter applications at once," said Gregory Leake, director, product marketing at Microsoft. "InstallShield 2012 Spring's support of SQL Azure database scripting is critical to software producers that want to facilitate their customers' application migrations to hybrid cloud environments."

InstallShield 2012 Spring offers an entirely new end-user interface with redesigned built-in wizard pages and a new wizard page editor to create a better run-time experience to appeal to the new generation of “app-store savvy” users.  

"Our enterprise customers are interested in adopting hybrid on-premise/cloud solutions that help in their transition to the cloud," said Mikhail Dikov, principal software engineer, Open Text. "InstallShield 2012 Spring's support of SQL Azure helps ensure we can deliver a first-rate installation experience in traditional, on-premise as well as hybrid cloud environments."

Microsoft's upcoming releases of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 11 signal a major acceleration towards user-centric computing and the consumerization of IT. Software producers will want to ensure ahead of time that their solutions will work in those environments with a positive installation experience. InstallShield 2012 Spring now provides a specification that an installation requires Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, and lets software producers build feature and component conditions for these operating systems.

Flexera offers a variety of different products, solutions and services. For software licensing, Flexera provides FlexNet Embedded and FlexNet Publisher. FlexNet Embedded allows user to quickly and easily create product configurations to target new markets and geographies by using embedded software licensing to turn software and deice capabilities and capacity on and off.

FlexNet Publisher software licensing makes it easy for software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers to monetize, manage, secure, enhance and grow market share through flexible software licensing, pricing, packaging, and protection of their software.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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