Market analysts had different takes on the new release. "I see this new product release from Microsoft as a way of underscoring the power of its unified repository and Microsofts ability to apply change management to a wide variety of development assets," said Carey Schwaber, an analyst with Forrester. "Its interesting that Microsoft has chosen to bring the DBA [database administrator] into the ALM [application lifecycle management] fold with this client role, but whats even more interesting is how it has used Team System to do so. You have to wonder what other roles they might target."
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Meanwhile, Microsoft also discussed how Visual Studio "Orcas" will deliver capabilities that help individuals, teams and the entire IT organization successfully build dynamic applications and solutions on the Microsoft platform. In addition to support for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Visual Studio "Orcas" will include several innovative technologies: Microsoft .Net LINQ (Language Integrated Query) makes it easier for programmers to build solutions that analyze and act on information; "Atlas" is the code name for a Web client framework that simplifies AJAX-style development; and "Cider" provides the user interface designer tools for building Windows Presentation Foundation-based applications, the company said.
Somasegar said Microsoft will begin releasing CTPs for Orcas "in the summer/fall time frame."
Microsoft will distribute the first CTP of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals at TechEd in June, and it will also be available for download at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/products/dbpro. The final version of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals is expected ship by the end of 2006.
Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals will be available to current and future subscribers of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite with MSDN Premium as part of their subscription. Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals will also be sold separately, consistent with the other "role-based" products in the Visual Studio Team System family.
"If you have the suite youll get the database version for free," Somasegar said.
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"VSTS is really just beginning to find its feet as a collaborative environment, and the new SKU [stock keeping unit] helps establish a presence in an area that has been very weak for Microsoft," said Jim Duggan, an analyst with Gartner. "In this release this is still a Microsoft-only offering, but they do have the intent to broaden support. The value of VSTS is that it expands the market for Microsoft from the individuals to the team developers. The current ALM offerings are incomplete, but this SKU, like the acquisition of UMT for portfolio management function, continues the expansion of the line."