AppX Just Might Work
AppX Just Might Fail
I don't work in Redmond or
The a few months ago I read about some work that the Windows Nano team was doing to support installing per-machine native apps using extensions for AppX. Additionally the FireGiant team was developing an extension to support creating MSI and AppX from a single source code base. Now I found this REALLY interesting except that I don't have any apps to deploy to Windows Nano Server.
Along comes BUILD2016 and FireGiant is now posting about creating MSI for Windows 8.1 and below and AppX for Windows 10 DESKTOP applications. Flexera is also sending similar messages. Ok, I'm really interested now.
So it seems now some five years later that AppX just might work!
I am wondering what FireGiant will charge for this capability though. It's kind of sad to not see it in the core WiX Toolset as open source goodness. Rob and Bob, like the rest of us, do have mortgages to pay after all. Maybe there will be options similiar to Visual Studio Community Edition for small business, open source and educational uses.
Slightly off topic I'd like to tie this into another
I want to like chocolatey. I really do. I also want to like
Before anyone gets too offended... I'm not discarding chocolatey yet. I'm wondering allowed... what if in a few years time everyone is on Windows 10 (Microsoft is pushing it hard after all), most Choco packages are really AppX wrappers and Packge Management has excellent chocolatey support.
While I'm dreaming... What if we had a way of white listing choco packages in SCCM Software Center? Oh the possibilities.
So in closing, while new and "modern" (oh I dislike that term) usually disappoints me, I'm seeing reason to be optimistic today. There could be a sea change coming to my world view soon.