Microsoft announces that it will purchase the Teamprise technology and other Teamprise-related assets from SourceGear to deliver cross-platform support for Microsoft's Visual Studio tool set.
Microsoft has announced that it will purchase the Teamprise
technology and other
Teamprise-related assets from SourceGear
to deliver cross-platform support for Microsoft's Visual Studio tool set.
Microsoft announced the news on Nov. 9 in conjunction with the TechEd Europe 2009
conference, which runs Nov. 9-13 in Berlin.
Teamprise enables developers using the Eclipse integrated development
environment (IDE) or operating on multiple
operating systems, including Unix, Linux and Mac OS X, to build applications
with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.
"We know our customers face daily challenges with management, collaboration
and development in heterogeneous environments," said S. "Soma" Somasegar,
senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. "The industry
must take steps to make interoperability a stronger business asset for our
customers. With the acquisition of the Teamprise assets, we're taking a step
forward on this journey, providing customers with a viable cross-platform
development solution that will help produce business results more quickly."
"With this acquisition we just built a bridge to Java developers," said
Dave Mendlen, senior director of developer marketing at Microsoft, in an
interview with eWEEK.
Mendlen said development organizations will benefit from increased
integration in heterogeneous environments, as well as reduced time and
complexity associated with application development tasks. Functionality from
the Teamprise Client Suite will be integrated into the Visual Studio product
line beginning with Visual Studio 2010.
That integration is the key to this acquisition, as Microsoft and SourceGear
have worked closely together to offer enterprise developers a solution that
includes Teamprise technology.
"With this acquisition, developers and customers now have the assurance that
there is a major organization behind the Teamprise technology and its future
development," Mendlen said.
Application development in heterogeneous environments often requires use of
multiple, disconnected tool sets and skills for each platform, additional
custom work to foster compatibility, and extra time to ensure collaboration,
Microsoft officials said.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS),
in combination with the Teamprise Client Suite technologies, will enable
developers to use a single tool to overcome core development challenges,
including version control, work-item tracking, build management, process
guidance and business intelligence, regardless of the core platform in use,
said Doug Seven, senior product manager for Microsoft's Visual Studio.
"Heterogeneous development environments are a reality," Seven said. "Java
developers using Eclipse and .NET developers
using Visual Studio need to be able to collaborate."
The Teamprise Client Suite includes:
- Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse.
The Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse allows developers to perform all of their
source control, bug tracking, build and reporting operations from within
Eclipse and Eclipse-based IDEs, such as Rational Application Developer, JBoss,
BEA Workshop and Adobe Flex Builder.
- Teamprise Explorer.
Teamprise Explorer combines all of the functionality available to Eclipse
developers using the Teamprise Plug-in into a stand-alone, cross-platform 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, nongraphical
interface to Microsoft Team Foundation Server, making it perfect for scripting
and build scenarios or for developers who prefer a command-line interface.
"For nearly four years, we have made it our mission to deliver strong,
best-of-breed tools to our customers for cross-platform development," said
Corey Steffen, general manager of the Teamprise division of SourceGear. "By
joining forces with Microsoft, we see an opportunity to further our mission-and
customers' benefits-by fostering joint innovation between Teamprise solutions
and Microsoft Team Foundation Server."
The Teamprise technology will be available in the Visual Studio 2010 wave.
Mendlen said the technology will ship either at the time of the general
availability of Visual Studio 2010 or some time shortly after. Visual Studio
2010 is expected to ship in March 2010.
Customers will be able to jointly purchase the Teamprise Client Suite
technology, updated to work with Team Foundation Server 2010, and one Team
Foundation Server client access license. Customers with Visual Studio 2010
Ultimate with MSDN also will receive the Teamprise Client Suite technology as
part of their original subscription purchase. SourceGear will continue to
provide support for Teamprise products and sell its latest release of the
Teamprise Client Suite until the Microsoft solution becomes available. More
information about Microsoft and its interoperability efforts for developers is
available at www.microsoft.com/interop
Microsoft did not disclose terms of the acquisition, and Teamprise will
maintain all current operations until regulatory approval, Microsoft officials