How To Create An MSIX With App Attach Using Access Capture [Video]

Over the past couple of months we have written several articles about MSIX, and for good reason. Not only has MSIX replaced MSI as Microsoft's app packaging format, but it is also materially better than MSI. By using MSIX with App Attach, Windows Virtual Desktop, and FSLogix, the process of migrating, upgrading, and keeping your apps up-to-date, in a timely and efficient manner and without productivity loss, has never been easier or more achievable.

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5 Secrets To Pulling Off A 95,000 Seat Migration Modern Desktop / Office 365 Project Successfully

In my 30+ years of experience in technology, I have migrated Windows 95 to XP, Windows NT to Windows 7, and now Windows 7 to Windows 10. And they all had one thing in common: I had to come in and rescue the migration projects many times because, initially, in peoples’ heads — even if they are technologists — OS migrations are simply thought of as clicking "Next" a few times. 

However, the opposite is true. In my opinion, upgrading to a new operating system in a large organization is one of the most difficult projects you can undertake. It touches every single person, application, and technology in the organization. You have to be extremely methodical and prepared in everything you do to finish the project successfully. Otherwise, your timeline, budget, and everything very quickly get away from you.

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5 Things To Keep In Mind When Finalizing Your IT Budget This Year

2020 has been a crazy year — there is no question about that. Suddenly having to switch to all of your employees working from home sent the vast majority of organizations scrambling, causing utter chaos. In fact, "companies spent an additional $15 billion a week on technology during the first wave of the pandemic, to ensure that employees could work from home safely," according to TechRepublic.

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3 Trends That Will Impact Your Evergreen IT Management Strategy In 2021 & Beyond

For the past five years (since the introduction of Windows-as-a-Service in 2015), we have talked about the necessity and benefits of Evergreen IT Management for enterprises. While both of those are still as relevant and crucial as before, there are new prevalent trends that will have a long-term impact on your Evergreen IT strategy. Today, I want to discuss the three most impactful ones: COVID-19 and the wide-spread adoption of remote work, Everything as Code (EaC), and Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop.

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Case Study: Global Investment Bank Adopts Modern Desktop & Office 365

In one of the largest IT Transformation projects ever awarded to a single vendor, Accessplc, the IT consulting and IT talent recruitment sister company of Access IT Automation, enabled a large Swiss investment bank and financial institution to drive Digital Transformation by adopting Modern Desktop, Office 365, and Microsoft Cloud services. 

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Work From Anywhere (WFA) - Endpoint Management Considerations

"Work-From-Home" (WFH) or "Work-From-Anywhere" (WFA) quickly became the new standard when countries went on lockdown in March due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Despite an initial scrambling to get employees set up for remote work, companies are now starting to question the amount of physical office space and business trips needed in the future as employees were still productive at home.

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What Is Windows Virtual Desktop & How Does It Fit Into My Organization?

Since its release last year, Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) has been gaining traction across multiple organizations, mainly those looking to provide a better user experience for their employees, have the latest security and feature updates, and reduce costs across their IT environment. Especially since March, WVD has become a solution that organizations started looking at for their company's needs as most of the global workforce had to suddenly work from home.

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How To Enable MSIX App Attach For Your Organization

Despite improving app compatibility, application packaging is still a time-consuming, manual labor-intensive, and expensive obstacle organizations have to overcome. One reason is the ever-increasing number and complexity of applications within organizations, but more and more, the pace at which apps have to be packaged, tested, and deployed to keep pace with the velocity of change within the organization is becoming a huge roadblock.

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Modern App Packaging 101: Quick Must-Know MSIX Core Basics

With the release of Windows 10 2004 a few weeks ago and with MSIX AppAttach in public preview, Microsoft will soon start to incentivize customers to move to its new installer technology for Windows, MSIX. MSIX is set to replace the very popular Windows Installer (MSI) and the APPX packaging format that were previously used for Microsoft Store apps.

In the past 12 months, we looked at MSIX readiness for adoption (back in December 2018, I said it would start being ready for enterprise adoption in mid-2020) as well as laid out Access Capture's strategic roadmap to MSIX, which talked about Access Capture being able to automate the conversion of your legacy MSI and AppV apps to MSIX by Q4/2020.

Currently, MSIX can be used by devices running Windows 10 1803 and up, but what happens if you are still running some Windows 10 1709 or lower in your estate? That is where MSIX Core comes in!

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New Features: Smoke Testing and Automated Performance Testing

As technology changes at an ever increasing rate, being able to quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively test your applications is fundamental to keeping up with the pace. Depending on your testing strategy, this could include all of your apps or just specific core applications.

Since full-blown manual application testing of all applications several times a year is too expensive, takes too long, and requires an extensive amount of resources, automated smoke testing is often used to quickly test a large number of apps. To help you with this, we are excited to share with you today two new features of Access Capture that we have just released: smoke testing and automated performance testing.

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