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The next wizard screen, as shown in Figure 44.4, asks whether the application will
be available offline. If the application is available offline, a local cached copy of it
will be installed so that the last version requested from the online data store will
be launched. Keep in mind that the cached copy can not be the latest version, but
typically this deployment method is used in situations where it is acceptable to
have a slightly older version of the application at certain times. The cached copy is
launched via the shortcut in the Start Menu if offline mode is available; otherwise,
the application is only available by accessing the data store path.
Wizard page that prompts
for the deployment mode.
The final screen of the Publishing Wizard, as shown in Figure 44.5, describes
where the application will be published. No additional configuration is required at
this stage, so you can click the Finish button to complete the publishing process.
After the publishing process has completed, you will be redirected to a generated
web page, as shown in Figure 44.6, which contains a button that can execute the
ClickOnce installer. This page has the name of the application, the current version,
and the name of the publisher. Notice that the publisher field is blank. This will be
addressed later in this chapter.
If you mouse over the Install button, you should notice that the link is pointing to an
application manifest (http://localhost/SimpleApplication/SimpleApplication.application,
in this example). This is really the only link you need to give your users to launch
the application. Launching the application will be covered later in this chapter.