As reported in The Future of Visual SourceSafe... 

Under cover of darkness last night, a hardworking Microsoft marketing menehune updated the SourceSafe-related section ("Configuration Management") of the Microsoft Developer Tools Roadmap 2004-2005.

"Configuration Management

Software Configuration Management (SCM) is a disciplined approach to managing and controlling the evolution of software development and maintenance practices as they change over time. With SCM, enterprise developers can make safe alterations to existing code, track changes across developers, projects, and time, manage the build process effectively, and track project defects and issues. By providing project-oriented software management, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe delivers integrated SCM support for developers using Visual Studio.

In Whidbey, Microsoft will improve upon the Visual SourceSafe tools and offer programmers working in teams the technology they need to manage source code as well as other files in their solutions. Visual SourceSafe will be extended to offer support for Web service and Unicode projects, helping programmers more effectively meet the challenges of today's business. Further, Visual SourceSafe will better support team development with remote access, both by making common operations faster and asynchronous, and by enabling access through firewalls. Hence, developers will enjoy improved performance and tighter integration between Visual SourceSafe and the Visual Studio IDE. "

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