This is terrible.
The NI package manager was a wonderful solution to the awful problem of getting various complex mixtures of NI software onto different computers. It was so wonderful, I installed it on every computer in my lab that I had to run NI software on.
Why would you kneecap it like this? It was great. Please bring it back. Don't make me go back to using the web search to try to find the right installers.
You missed Aaron's message.
While you might still fault NI for removing it in the first place, they did listen to feedback. It will be coming back.
Is the ETA on this still April? Chance that it will be put off? I have a Client that needs to upgrade to either 2019 or 2020. I would prefer 2020, but at the moment there is a high risk of not being able to install something needed, so I have to recommend 2019.
As I'm sure many of you have already realized, NIPM 20.7 has been released and the Browse Products tab is back! See this post for more details about NIPM 20.7:
Thanks again for your feedback and please keep it coming!
Probably because those are the only versions that were released as NI Packages. LabVIEW 2018 SP1 from the download pages is still a 1.53GB ZIP download.