When you download and install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you may notice that some of the product names have changed for this release. On the Help menu in Team Suite, click About and you'll find that many of the products in Team System have a new name.
Since we released Visual Studio 2005, we’ve heard from you that the capabilities of each of the team editions don’t always map to the way you define roles in your organizations. To simplify the naming and respond to this feedback, we’ve renamed the team editions to remove specific role names. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re changing Team System’s charter – it’s still designed to help everyone on the team collaborate together through integrated tools, processes, and guidance.
Below is a list of the name changes compared to what they were in Visual Studio 2005.
However, the names for the rest of the Visual Studio product line are unchanged except for the version change.
The VS marketing team should be embarrassed by this. This overwhelmingly and unnecessarily confusing and complex, and just serves to reinforce all of the negative stereotypes about Microsoft.
The real question is - what problem is this trying to solve (or rather, what problem is this actually solving?) Are the feature differences in each of these 14 SKUs so diverse and so attuned to specific developer roles that they justify the sheer ridiculousness of their existence? Additionally, did it occur to anyone that names like "Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite" are just absurd?
I feel just as bad for the Microsoft sales folks as I do for the developers who have to endure this. Discussion of the naming alone must completely undercut the value discussion.
According to Rob Caron recently : Visual Studio 2005 Visual Studio 2008 Visual Studio 2005 Team System
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VS 2008 SKUs
"Visual Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition"
This is a typo surely?
My opinion is that there should be 1 (ONE) Visual Studio. You'd use profiles to create different layouts and load different parts. So database admin profile is very different from web developer profile.
The simplicity of 1 program for developing on Windows is just very appealing. Make it $699 and you're set. In fact, I have no idea why you want to make so much money on the IDE, but I think free as in beer would be too much to ask.
In fact, not only should Microsoft drop the many versions of Visual Studio, they should also combine all the Express versions into one Express version (currently it makes no sense).
Visual Studio 2008 Express
Visual Studio 2008 Professional
Visual Studio 2008 Team
Doesn't that simplicity appeal to you? Probably deep inside it does, but the marketing guys just love their product differentiation.
I wanted to point out a post that Rob Caron put out a few weeks back that is worth mentioning, as it
Apologies for my naivety but could you point out the difference between "Visual Studio Team System 2008" and "Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite"? I'm still confused by the whole Team Suite thing (great products though they are).
You are hereby added to my feed reader so I'll hope for a reply soon :)
Urlop się pokończył, znalazłem w końcu trochę czasu aby się pobawić nową betą VS.NET 2008 , która została
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