This afternoon, Satya Nadella, Microsoft executive vice president for Cloud and Enterprise spoke about the Enterprise Cloud and our fall wave of enterprise cloud products and services.  Whether public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, Microsoft has the most complete cloud offering in the industry.  With new releases of Windows Server, System Center, Microsoft Dynamics, Windows Azure and Visual Studio, this fall will be a major update to Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud offerings.

I was travelling last week for customer and partner meetings, and was truly amazed to see the transformative effects of the cloud across the industry.  From startups to enterprises, the cloud is having a profound impact on the way that software is built, deployed and consumed.

As we look forward to the release of Visual Studio 2013, which will be available for download on October 18th, it’s good to reflect on the progress that we’ve seen with Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Service and MSDN as developers embrace the cloud.

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2012 continues to be the most downloaded release of Visual Studio with over 5.5M downloads to date.  Over the last 12 months we’ve delivered three major updates to Visual Studio 2012, with significant new features sets, spanning areas such as Windows desktop development, Windows Store development, line-of-business app development, SharePoint development, agile planning and teams, quality enablement, and more.  A fourth update is coming soon, with release candidate 4 of Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 released earlier today.

Team Foundation Service

We’ve seen usage of Team Foundation Service more than double in 2013.  Team Foundation Service offers a version of Team Foundation Server hosted in Windows Azure, accessible from anywhere using existing and familiar tools, and supporting all languages and platforms.  The service includes a free usage plan, making it easy for individuals and lean teams to get started leveraging source control, work items tracking and much more.  Team Foundation Service represents a key component of the Cloud OS developer services.   

MSDN

The number of MSDN subscribers taking advantage of Dev/Test on Windows Azure has more than doubled in the past 4 months.  Subscribers can use the Windows Azure MSDN benefit for any Azure services they need for development and test, including Virtual Machines (VMs), Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services, and more.

The cloud is transforming software development across the industry.  Visual Studio, TFS and MSDN are enabling developers to embrace this transition.  The next major release, Visual Studio 2013 RTM will be available on October 18th.  And remember to register for the Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch.

Namaste!