Team Foundation for Visual Studio Team System 2008 has shipped!

Team Foundation for Visual Studio Team System 2008 has shipped!

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With a new version of Visual Studio Team System comes a new documentation set.  You can find updated versions of the Team Foundation Installation Guide at the Download Center. The latest versions of the Team Foundation Administrator guide and the Readme are also available at MSDN.

There is also a chance to chat live with Visual Studio Team System team members coming up on December 5th.  Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008.

There will be two sessions:

 Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones


Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones

I hope you'll be able to join at least one of the chat sessions.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the documentation for Visual Studio Team System 2008, please drop us a line or leave us a comment and let us know!


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  • We are a small shop consisting of 12 developers.  We often wear many hats.  One minute we're a Developer, one minute and Architect, one minute a DBA, and one minute a Tester.

    After upgrading our Universal MSDN licenses from Universal to Team Developer Edition I recently installed VS Team System 2008 - Developer Edition, thinking that for the most part I am a Developer (versus Architect or Tester).  But I've noticed that "Manual Tests", "Generic Tests", "Web Tests", and "Load Tests" are not available in the Developer Edition.

    I contacted MS and they told me that we had to upgrade to Team "Suite", which combines the DBA, Architect, Developer, and Tester Editions (at about 11K apiece) just so that I can create and run Manual, Web, Load, and Generic Tests.

    IMHO this is ridiculous!

    In most development shops the Developers, at a bare minimum, often take on the role of Tester, so that at the very least they can simulate the Test that an official Tester flagged as failed so that they can go fix the error, and/or retest the fix prior to sending back to the official Tester.  In our case we often test eachother's code, prior to sending to our QAC department.

    It seems MS just wants to force us to upgrade to Team Suite at 11K apiece.  Perhaps this is one reason why they are often referred to tongue-in-cheek as M$.  

    Don't get me wrong VSTS seems like a great product.  But there's no way we can pay that kind of money just so that we can have integrated testing.  We'll just go back to MS Word documents, email, and Rational Functional Tester.

    Dear Ballmer.... I would love to have, at a minimum the Developer and Test editions combined into one package, that is a  no-cost upgrade if you have the Premium MSDN package.

    Better yet... why don't you combine all 4 Team System Editions into ONE as a no-cost upgrade for Premium MSDN package subscribers.  That might actually give us the incentive to buy licenses for Team Foundation Server At however HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of $$$ that is going to cost!!!

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