Last week nearly 13,000 people gathered in Orlando for TechEd 2007.  We heard lots of excitement around Visual Studio 2008 (yes we announced the actual name for “Orcas”), the Visual Studio Shell (ideal for ISV partners and enterprise customers who want to leverage the power of Visual Studio as a platform to build their own applications), and that IIS will be part of the Windows Server Core edition for Windows Server 2008.  In one attendee’s own words “Even after 15 years of programming, I felt like butterfly trying to hang-on the hood of a Ferrari on the Autobahn”.

 

TechEd is a great opportunity for the product team and the community to get a chance to interact face-to-face.  My team always comes back with great new comments, ideas and passion to ensure we meet the needs of our developer and designer community. 

 

One great example of this is the TFS Project Server Connector which was released today.  Our internal VSTS gurus (dubbed the VSTS Rangers), worked hand in hand with community developers using Codeplex to plan and develop the integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server. 

 

Although TFS already integrates into Project Standard and Professional, we received a lot of customer feedback that they would like the same integration seamlessly with Project Server.  This connector will provide more effective Enterprise Resource Management across development projects, better project management, improved status management and automated updates.  As of today, you can now download and use this product.  We have also posted the final version also back to Codeplex as shared source for developers to also extend this to their exact business requirements.

 

Namaste!