Visual Studio will not ship the WiX toolset, contributes only.

It was almost two years ago when Visual Studio approached me about shipping the WiX toolset in Visual Studio. We built a plan that combined the efforts of program management, developers, testers, documentation and localization people from Visual Studio with the volunteer group to release the WiX toolset version 3.0 as part of Visual Studio 2010. We executed on that plan to deliver the WiX toolset as part of the Visual Studio 2010 CTP and were on track to deliver for Beta 1.

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WiX toolset bug count after March 26th, 2009.

I skipped the progress report for the WiX toolset last week and had a couple people ask about the count. So I guess a couple people are finding this data useful. Anyway, the short answer is that the bug count is down from 26 two weeks ago but steady from last week at 22.

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WiX toolset bug count after March 12th, 2009.

We had another good night of bug fixing in the WiX toolset. We started well above 30, with a couple more bugs in the MSI 5.0 implementation and some fallout from the large heat changes. The worst of those are fixed and we're back under 30 with 26 open bugs.

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More on Haack's Troubleshooting Windows MSI Installers

Last night I was looking around to see how ASP.NET MVC was doing and noticed Phil Haack posted that ASP.NET MVC RC2 was available. I was disappointed that the RC2 was basically all setup work. My immediate thought was, "Why didn't they get that stuff right in the first public release?" My second thought was, "Does that mean that previous releases have a poor setup that might be messing up machines?" My third thought was, "Hmm, I installed ASP.NET MVC Preview 4, Preview 5, and RC1... I might have one of those messed up machines."

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