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Publishing Applications

Publishing applications makes software available for end users to install, but it leaves choice and control in the hands of the user. When planning for software distribution, it's a good idea to use published applications for programs that everyone may use, but not everyone will choose to install. For example, suppose your company allows users to work in either Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3. By publishing both applications, you can allow users to choose which one to use without installing both applications on every computer.

Published applications do not automatically install on a workstation when the GPO containing them is processed. Nor are shortcuts visibly added on the desktop or the Start menu. Instead, published applications appear in a categorized list under the Add/Remove Programs icon in Control Panel. (See "Setting Software Installation Defaults" for ways to create categories).


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