Extension Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Installer Projects now available

Visual Studio 2010 offered some Visual Studio Installer projects that were removed in Visual Studio 2012, being replaced by a limited edition of InstallShield. That was not a very popular decision so Microsoft restored the Visual Studio Installer projects for Visual Studio 2013 in the form of an extension:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Installer Projects

And for Visual Studio 2015 a new extension was released:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Installer Projects

And now that Visual Studio 2017 has been released (and the InstallShield project is not even provided), a new extension has been released:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Installer Projects

Once installed through the Extensions and Updates dialog:

it provides the new installer projects templates:

Visual Studio 2017 RTM released

As you may know, Visual Studio 2017 was launched last March 7 and 8 in an event whose keynote you can watch here:

You can download the Community, Professional or Enterprise editions here:

Visual Studio Downloads

The first thing that you will notice is a new modular setup based on “workloads” and individual components that allow a very customized installation:

The new Visual Studio 2017 installation is so isolated and resilient (it uses its own private registry hive and doesn’t install files on the Global Assembly Cache) that for the first time it allows to install several editions (Community, Professional, Enterprise) on the same machine, coexisting side by side.

At the time of this writing, the Express editions have not been announced and it is not clear if they will be released. Also, the Isolated and Integrated Shells haven’t been announced yet.

There are no .iso files to download, only web installers, but you can create an offline installer as explained here:

Create an offline installer for Visual Studio 2017

To learn what’s new see:

What’s New in Visual Studio 2017

You can check the release notes here:

Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes

You will notice new icons for the Visual Studio family of products:

To report problems you need to use the Send Feedback button, that creates a topic on the Visual Studio Developer Community site:

And you have almost 70 on-demand videos about Visual Studio 2017 on MSDN Channel 9:

Visual Studio 2017 Launch event videos

Eager for more new incoming features? Visual Studio 2017 offers now the Preview program for early adopters, so you can download, install and test the latest bits (not for production environments!):

Early Access to Visual Studio Preview