In July Microsoft announced that the MSIX Packaging Tool is available in Microsoft Store in Preview form. Now in a blog post, John Vintzel, Program Manager Lead, MSIX, announced that the final version of the tool is available to download from the Store.
The MSIX format brings together the features of apps and MSI file packaging formats. This new MSIX installer supports all type of Windows applications including Win32, WPF, WinForm and UWP.
MSIX Packaging Tool enables you to update your existing win32 application packages to the MSIX format. You can run your desktop installers through this tool and obtain an MSIX package that you can install on your machine and upload to the Microsoft Store.
To install MSIX Packaging Tool from Microsoft Store, go here, making sure you are logged in with the MSA that is used for your Windows Insider Program. Next, go to the product description page and click the Install icon to begin the installation.
Prerequisites to use the tool includes:
- Windows 10 1809 or later
- Participation in the Windows Insider Program (only required if using a Windows Insider Build)
- A valid Microsoft account (MSA) alias to access the app from the Store
- Administrator privileges on your PC account