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InstallShield 2008 Interface. This model of IDE is still used until the current version.
|Original author(s)||Viresh Bhatia and Rick Harold|
|Stable release||2013 Summer / June 4, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Linux|
InstallShield is a software tool for creating installers or software packages. InstallShield is primarily used for installing software for Microsoft Windows desktop and server platforms, but it can also be used to manage software applications and packages on a variety of handheld and mobile devices.
InstallShield generates an .exe file which can be used on the destination computer in order to install the payloads from the source computer where it was created. It is possible to specify questions, set prerequisites and registry settings that the user will be able to choose at the installation time.
From 1992, InstallShield was developed by Stirling Technologies, founded by Viresh Bhatia and Rick Harold. Stirling Technologies later renamed itself InstallShield Corporation and continued to operate under the new name until Macrovision acquired the business in 2004.
2003 was also a small jump to success when Borland Launched InstallShield with Borland Delphi 7. Delphi Developers around the world started using InstallShield to create install files for their delphi applications. The new Delphi Versions from Embarcadero Delphi doesn't include InstallShield anymore, but a lot of those developers still use InstallShield.
On April 1, 2008, the Macrovision Software Business Unit (including the InstallShield brand) was sold to private equity firm Thoma Cressey Bravo, forming a new company: Acresso Software Corporation. In October 2009, Acresso changed its name to Flexera Software.
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