Microsoft Delivers Beta of Visual Studio Teamprise Explorer

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-03-05 Print this article Print

Microsoft's acquisition of the Teamprise assets from SourceGear is bearing fruit with the release of a beta of Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Microsoft's acquisition of the Teamprise assets from SourceGear is bearing fruit with the release of a beta of Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Microsoft acquired the assets of Teamprise in November 2009 to cater to customers who wanted to use Microsoft's TFS (Team Foundation Server) for applications running across heterogeneous systems.

As S. "Soma" Somasegar, executive vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, said in a March 4 blog post: "The Teamprise products have been very popular with TFS customers who were developing applications across Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms. Often customers want to standardize on a single enterprisewide solution for Application Lifecycle Management because of the cost savings and increased transparency this provides. The Teamprise technology is key in enabling cross-platform TFS access."

And so, Somasegar added:

"Today we are announcing a broadly available beta of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer 2010.  This release includes the Team Foundation Server Plug-in for Eclipse as well as the Team Foundation Server Cross Platform Command Line Client.  It works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and multiple flavors of UNIX, providing access to the same source control, work item tracking, build automation, and reporting features that Visual Studio customers have benefited from."

According to a Microsoft news release Nov. 9, 2009, the Teamprise technology Microsoft acquired included:

-" Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse. The Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse allows developers to perform all their source control, bug tracking, build and reporting operations from within Eclipse and Eclipse-based integrated development environments (IDEs), such as Rational Application Developer, JBoss, BEA Workshop and Adobe Flex Builder.

- Teamprise Explorer. Teamprise Explorer combines all the functionality available to Eclipse developers using the Teamprise Plug-in into a stand-alone, cross-platform graphical user interface (GUI) application that is perfect for team members working outside of an IDE, such as graphic designers, quality assurance testers and project managers.

- Teamprise Command-Line Client. The Teamprise Command-Line Client provides a cross-platform, non-graphical interface to Team Foundation Server, making it perfect for scripting and build scenarios or for developers who prefer a command-line interface."

In the same release, Corey Steffen, then general manager of the Teamprise division of SourceGear, said, "By joining forces with Microsoft, we see an opportunity to further our mission-and customers' benefits-by fostering joint innovation between Teamprise solutions and Team Foundation Server."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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