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Microsoft Security Update KB2962872 Breaks InstallShield; InstallAware 18 Offers Flexible and Secure Upgrade Path

The Recently Released Microsoft Security Update KB2962872 Breaks Multiple Versions of InstallShield, Rendering the Product Inoperative; InstallAware 18 Offers the Most Flexible and Secure Upgrade Path for All InstallShield Customers Affected by KB2962872

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 -- Microsoft's Security Update KB2962872 is crashing multiple versions of InstallShield as described at http://windowsitpro.com/security/microsoft-kb2962872-breaks-installshield, rendering a very expensive product inoperative. While InstallShield is currently researching the nature of the problem as described at www.installaware.com/brokenshield.asp, InstallAware offers a very flexible upgrade path to all developers and administrators affected by the issue.

"InstallShield have made great strides in recent years catching up with the flexibility offered by InstallAware," observes Francesco Toscano of InstallAware Software. "InstallShield 2014 released this year natively implemented some very popular InstallAware features, some of which had been available in InstallAware for as long as a decade (multiple instance support, high DPI installs, and automatically checking for the latest version of a setup any time an installation is run)."

Companies such as Embarcadero migrated away from InstallShield as early as 2008, recognizing the more flexible nature of InstallAware early on, as described in the migration case study available at http://www.installaware.com/CodeGearCaseStudy2008.pdf. In 2008, a vulnerability was discovered in the InstallShield Update Service Agent, as documented at https://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/837092. Arbitrary code could be executed, compromising any system with InstallShield-installed products on them.

InstallAware in its decade of operation has never been affected negatively by Microsoft Security Updates, or compromised end-user systems where InstallAware setups have been run, under any circumstance. InstallAware's emergence after the invention of Microsoft's Windows Installer standard has made it a stable, well-designed product from the ground-up; whereas legacy installation vendors have had to scramble to retrofit their ageing technology dating to the early 90's.

In addition to the unsurpassed flexibility and stability offered by InstallAware for Windows software developers and Windows system administrators, licensing is also effortless on the InstallAware platform. InstallAware's licensing just-works -- without needing to install dedicated product license servers, or without even requiring an Internet connection to activate or use products on an ongoing basis. This is a boon to computing environments which must remain disconnected from the Internet for security reasons.

InstallAware 18 is therefore the most flexible and secure upgrade path from InstallShield at this time. Instant 34% competitive upgrade discounts are available for all customers upgrading from InstallShield to InstallAware at www.installaware.com/buydirect.asp. With InstallAware, developers have more flexibility with both what they can do with their setup packages at runtime, and with how they get to deploy and use the InstallAware setup development environment itself -- resulting in a win-win scenario for everyone.

About InstallAware Software

InstallAware Software, founded in 2003, is leading the Enterprise Cloud transformation with its laser sharp focus on state-of-the-art software installations and bullet-proof enterprise deployments. InstallAware has been named a "Leader of the Software Development Industry" by SD Times two years in a row (2013 and 2012). InstallAware 18 is available in a free edition for all Visual Studio users and paid editions with prices starting at only $329. For a fully functional 30 day trial and more information, visit www.installaware.com.

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