On Tuesday, we announced free trials of hosted Microsoft Team Foundation Server in partnership with TeamDevCentral, which is an Inner Circle Partner.  This is really exciting news for me, because many customers have asked about using hosted TFS in the past.  This is also a great option for smaller development shops / ISVs.

This offering provides our potential customers with a lightweight trial experience. In addition, this gives our existing customers another option for trying the full Team System experience, which enables them to quickly and easily get up and running with a complete Team System environment without the need to provision Team Foundation Server.

During the six-week trial period, TeamDevCentral (TDC) will provide guidance to customers, further enhancing the trial experience.

The six-week TDC trial includes:

ü  Accounts allowing you to experience different team roles and to collaborate within a project.

ü  Up to 4 hours of guidance and/or support for the trial can be used for any type of advice related to TFS or Visual Studio Team System.  For me, this is a huge bonus for many customers.

TeamDevCentral Web site

Press Release: TeamDevCentral Offers Free Trials of Hosted Microsoft Team Foundation Server

New Team System Trial Page

Brian Harry’s blog post for his first impressions.

I urge anyone interested to give it a try, and let me know what you like / didn’t like.