Well – obviously. At least, their current actions tell that: they deprecated CRT MSMs (which is reiterated in VS 2019 RC2 release notes), a technology designed to allow MSI-based installers to install the CRT libraries in a centrally-managed manner; and the only recommended way now is using vcredist executable, which is not MSI-compatible.
What else, if not deprecation, might it mean, when an installer technology made unable to deploy applications created using vendor’s own flagship development tool?
Well – I thought: maybe that was an oversight? Why not inform them about the problem that MSI-only installers would be left without any viable option?
So I did. And I got the answer that to me was a clear confirmation:
Sorry that our current plan is like this, if there are a lot of customer complain about this new change, we will revisit this issue
So – “yes, our plan is to make it impossible for MSI; this is not a problem in our eyes; only if we will experience pressure, may we re-think about it”.