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Today is an important milestone in the march towards the Rosario release of Visual Studio Team System.
Among the announcements is the official name of the release. It will be called Visual Studio Team System 2010. We also announced that it will ship in concert with Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. That should give you some hint as to the ship timeframe. You might look at our recent history for some indication of what to expect. VS 2005 shipped in November 2004, VS 2008 shipped in November 2007, SQL 2008 shipped in July 2008, ... That should give you some idea of the kind of timeframe we are likely talking about. Of course, we aren't, at this point, committing to any particular quarter but having assigned a year to the release shows that we have some confidence in when we are going to be done.
Another key announcement is that we will be combining the Team Development product and the Team Database product into a single Team Development product (essentially giving you 2 for the price of 1). That change will be in effect go into effect on 10/1/08 (the day after tomorrow).
I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that there was some uncertainty about whether or not we would be releasing another Rosario CTP this fall. I'm happy to report that the uncertainty has been cleared up. We WILL be shipping an updated CTP! There has been a tremendous amount of new work done since the last CTP (it seems so long ago). I think you are going to be really impressed with what you see.
You can read more about the recent announcements here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/products/cc948977.aspx
The core approach of Team System has not changed in Rosario - Focusing on an integrated set of tools that make it easy to collect data about your software development projects and enable transparency, promote collaboration and provide the information necessary to make the right decisions at the right time. The "pillars" of Rosario are the same ones we've been talking about for the last 8 months or so:
In addition to these "pillars" we invested in quite a few other areas:
And there is so much more I could go on and on but your eyes would glaze over (if they haven't already). To solve this problem, my plan is to post something on the order of one post a week for the next several months with each post highlighting an area of the product. Keep an eye out. It's exciting to finally be able to talk about this stuff more openly.