VSTS future releases: Orcas, Rosario, and Power Tools

A new high-level roadmap for Orcas, Rosario, and Power Tools is now available.  The Visual Studio Team System Future Releases web page covers these topics at varying levels of detail, with the greatest amount detail being supplied for Orcas, of course.  The Orcas TFS information is basically the same as what we've published before.

Here's what it says about Rosario.

Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario"

The next major release of Visual Studio Team System is code-named “Rosario” and will be released following the “Orcas” release. In this exciting release, we will be delivering new innovations to build on our award-winning Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution. Some of the major scenarios and features in Visual Studio Team System code-named “Rosario” will include:

  • Joint prioritization and management of IT projects through integration with Microsoft Project Server
  • Project management across multiple projects for proactively load balancing resources according to business priorities
  • Full traceability (inc. hierarchical work items) to track project deliverables against business requirements and the ability to conduct rapid impact analysis of proposed changes
  • Comprehensive metrics and dashboards for shared visibility into project status and progress against deliverables
  • Powerful new features to enable developers and testers to quickly identify, communicate, prioritize, diagnose and resolve bugs
  • Integrated test case management to create, organize and manage test cases across both the development and test teams
  • Testing automation and guidance to help developers and testers focus on business-level testing rather than repetitive, manual tasks
  • Quality metrics for a ‘go/no-go’ release decision on whether an application is ready for production and has been fully tested against business requirements
  • Rapid integration of remote, distributed, disconnected and outsourced teams into the development process
  • Easy customization of process and guidance from Microsoft and partners to match the way your team works
  • Improvements to multi-server administration, build and source control

Only the last bullet mentions build specifically, but we have significant plans for Team Build in Rosario.  It's also involved to various degrees in several other bullets.

Comments (6)

  1. John Ingres says:

    The Orcas release is very far away..

    Isn’t it a big problems for those of us that want to use .NET 3, Vista, etc.?

    The current VS extensions are not enough to do real production work. It means most enterprise WPF development can’t start before late 2007 at best. (already started for WCF but WPF requires much more VS integration tools)

  2. buckh says:

    I hear you.  I haven’t used WPF much, but we do a lot with WCF now that we’ve replaced .NET remoting with it in Team Build.  Using WCF directly has been straightforward, but I can see where you’d want support for WPF in VS.


  3. Anthony K. Song says:

    How about a 64-bit version of VS.Net?

    It’s a pity that the application I run most frequently on my Vista 64 is 32-bit Visual Studio .Net 2005

  4. buckh says:

    While I’d agree with your sentiment, there’s not going to be a 64-bit VS for Orcas (I checked).


  5. Joe says:

    First off, let me compliment you for being as open and responsive as you are on your blog, even in areas that aren’t in your purview.  Any chance of seeing WiX tools in Orcas?  Sure seemed like a wildly popular idea here: http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/archive/2006/09/18/761580.aspx

    …and there is a great article in the March edition of MSDN Magazine on how to integrate WiX and MSBuild: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/03/WixTricks/

    Looks like a good pairing to me.

    On an unrelated note, I am thrilled to read about the CI and build retention (obviously useful in the CI environment) features in Orcas.  Keep up the good work!

  6. buckh says:

    Thanks for the kinds words!

    I agree with you that it would be great to have WiX in the box.  As far as I’m aware, that’s not going to happen in Orcas, unfortunately.  I’m hopeful that it will happen after that.

    Be sure to try out beta 1 when it comes out and give us your feedback!



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