Over the last few months I’ve been sharing updates about VSTS 2008 and 2010, most recently sharing the new UI for VS 2010.  Today I wanted to mention that leading analyst firm Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant of its Software Change and Configuration management for Distributed Platforms Magic Quadrant.  And, on a related note, they also recognized Microsoft with a Positive rating in their December MarketScope for Application Life Cycle Management.  These are recognitions that I’m proud of, and happy to share.

Read the full reports here:

I think this news demonstrates that VSTS is rapidly maturing in the marketplace since its introduction in 2005.  Our goal has been to deliver an integrated story that allows you to quickly create high-quality business applications in team environments.  VSTS 2008 is a great platform for ALM and if you’re not already using it, check it out

And as always, if you’d like to share your feedback with the Visual Studio team, please leave me a comment below.

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