InstallShield Sold Again

Macrovision Corp. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Software Business Unit to private equity firm Thoma Cressey Bravo. This may be of interest to Visual FoxPro developers and others because Macrovision's Software Business Unit includes the InstallShield® line of products, which Macrovision has owned since it acquired the original Installshield Software Corporation back in July of 2004.

The deal was announced on Feb. 14, 2008, almost a month ago. I'm a little surprised that, with one exception, this hasn't generated any chatter among the developers I know or on the blogs I read regularly. The only public mention of this that I'm aware of was Stefan Krüger's post on his InstallSite Blog the day after the official annoucement was made public.

Here are the official announcements from Macrovision and from TCB.

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Installshield had some neat ways of packaging deployments, but ever since I saw your Inno Setup session at WhilFest (2003?), I've used Inno and had very few regrets for the change. Inno satisfies my needs for creating good, easy, professional looking deployment packages.
Yes, that was Whilfest 2003 (aka the Great Lakes Great Database Workshop in Milwaukee, for those who might not know). While I use Inno Setup for most installs myself these days, I still use InstallShield in situations where an MSI (Windows Installer) setup is required, for example for compliance with corporate IT standards. IMO it's good to know how to do both.
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