A glimpse of the future for Visual Studio's Application Lifecycle Management tools was announced today by Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President for Visual Studio, at Tech-Ed 2011. 

Visual Studio vNext is another major step forward as we extend our coverage of the lifecycle and embrace additional roles critical to a projects success. We are continuing down the path of bringing the team together by creating trustworthy and transparent bridges that improve the flow of information across the entire team, eliminating the most common causes of waste. We are also focusing on ensuring the team receives continuous feedback throughout the lifecycle to encourage rich, productive and scalable interactions, which increase the productivity of the team and reduce risk. In addition, we are maintaining our focus on driving better software quality in every cycle of development, from check-in to sprint. We free the team from distractions and keep them ‘in the zone’ by automating many of the common interactions and bookkeeping activities.

Microsoft's vision for ALM can be broken down into three main themes:

The “Visual Studio vNext: Application Lifecycle Management” whitepaper is available today. This is a comprehensive whitepaper that covers these topics in much more detail. I recommend you check it out, along with the Visual Studio Roadmap.

The best way to take advantage of the benefits of ALM is to start using Visual Studio 2010 today and obtain an MSDN subscription. Additional helpful links to get you started can be found on our websites:

A video of Jason Zander's keynote will be available on the Teched North America site:

Also check out Cameron Skinner, Brian Harry, and Amit Chatterjee’s blogs over the next couple of months for more details on ALM in Visual Studio vNext.