First Rosario CTP now available!


It’s with great pleasure that I announce the availability of the first Rosario CTP (officially known as Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” August 2007 CTP). Customers can immediately begin downloading the VPC images and learning more about the specific features in this release from the Rosario CTP whitepaper.

For this release, we have focused on a number of important experiences which form the core of Rosario:

  • Development scheduling & tracking – by using the hierarchical work item support in Excel, users will now be able to complete work breakdown activities within Excel. For instance, users can import Requirements into Excel and then break down that requirement into Features and from there into associated Tasks. The work item links are automatically created and maintained through Excel so that when these changes are published to the TFS server, the relationships are preserved for everyone to query and report on. In addition, using these relationships, the Work Breakdown spreadsheet can roll up completed and remaining work values from Tasks to their associated features and requirements to show high level status.
  • Requirements test coverage and manual testing – test cases are now stored and managed like other work items. As such, a user can run a query to determine which Requirements do not have any test cases associated with them then create new Test Cases at that point. We have greatly enhanced our support for creating manual test cases so that each step can be called out with specific instructions and expected results. When running the manual test, a video recording of the screen can be made in case a bug is found during testing. If a step fails, the tester can file a bug directly from the manual test runner which will prepopulate the bug form with the test steps, a copy of the video recording and a link to the test case making it much easier for testers to create actionable bugs for developers.
  • Managing dependencies – using the hierarchical work item support, users can now indicate predecessor and successor relationships between tasks making it much easier to determine what work must come first and what work is blocked behind it. This will enable team members to prioritize their work appropriately and for project managers to use reports to determine bottlenecks within their team.

With this release we have preloaded the VPC with a sample Team Project so that you can hit the ground running in evaluating some of the new work item tracking features. Look for the eBanking Team Project to get started.

This release is a CTP (Community Technology Preview) and not a beta. We’ve done a reasonable amount of testing on the bits to ensure that most the major features work to some degree and that the key experiences listed above work well but have not done any of the configuration or deep testing that we do for a beta release that we expect customers to use on a regular basis. As such, we encourage you to take the release for a spin and evaluate the new features we’ve added but please don’t expect to use it for any sort of production usage and understand that any data that you enter into the system cannot be migrated to future releases. And by all means, any applications written with these bits may not be redistributed in any way.

We’re releasing this CTP primarily for two key reasons: practice shipping and collecting feedback. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten a lot of the first as we’ve worked out the kinks associated with building, testing and releasing these bits to you. Hopefully in the coming weeks and months, we’ll get a lot of the second. Feedback in the form of bugs and suggestions can be submitted via http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio. Make sure when you submit issues through Connect that you indicate the product version as being “Visual Studio Team System Code Name “Rosario” (August 2007 CTP)”. That will ensure it gets to the right folks for consideration. If you have a question or would like provide feedback to the product team, we’ve created a special forum specifically focused on Rosario: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1736&SiteID=1. We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, we have created a page on MSDN focused entirely on Rosario. On it we’ll have links to the latest downloads, blog articles, documentation and other key information. I’d suggest bookmarking this site and returning regularly to keep up on the latest for the release.

Please join me in congratulating the Team System team on this release. It’s exciting to me that even in the face of significant effort on the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2008 that we’ve been able to make impressive progress in these important areas. I hope you agree...please take a look and let us know what you think.

Woohoo!

jeff

Comments (34)

  1. Jeff Beehler sent the big mail, long blog post with lots of screen shots to follow over the weekend.

  2. My VSTS Blog says:

    Jeff Beehler announced this morning that the first public CTP release of Rosario is now available for

  3. Well, last weekend they released Orcas Beta 2. Today, Rosario. Rosario you ask? Yes, this is the post-Orcas…

  4. O los dos… Después de la reciente liberación del Beta 2 de Visual Studio 2008 , ahora

  5. Jeff Beehler sent the big mail, long blog post with lots of screen shots to follow over the weekend.

  6. Today we released the first CTP release for the Rosario version of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System.

  7. Today we released the first CTP release for the Rosario version of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

  8. If you follow other VSTS blogs, I'm sure you are already aware of the first ever CTP of Microsoft

  9. SRLTeam says:

    Jeff Beehler announced yesterday that the first public CTP release of Rosario is now available for download

  10. Not only did Microsoft just recently post Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) a few days ago, but yesterday

  11. Na webu je k dispozici CTP Visual Studia s kódoým jménem Rosario, stručný přehled je na blogu Jeffa Beehlera

  12. It hasn’t taken our MVPs much time to start providing feedback on Rosario since our announcement just

  13. It hasn't taken our early adopters much time to start providing feedback on Rosario since our announcement

  14. We’ve finally put the finishing touches on a CTP that begins to get you a clearer picture on what Rosario

  15. We've finally put the finishing touches on a CTP that begins to get you a clearer picture on what

  16. Rob Caron on Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August CTP VPC Instructions. Jeff Beehler…

  17. MickeyHeadShot Mickey Gousset says:

    (cross-posted to the main page of Team System Rocks!) Rob Caron on Visual Studio Team System Code Name…

  18. Jeff Beehler’s Blog First Rosario CTP now available! Download details: Visual Studio® Team System Code

  19. Jeff Beehler's Blog First Rosario CTP now available! Download details: Visual Studio® Team System

  20. After shipping Orcas Beta 2 and the TFS Web Access tool, you would have thought that I have enough to

  21. If you follow other VSTS blogs, I’m sure you are already aware of the first ever CTP of Microsoft® Visual

  22. If you still(!!!) haven’t heard , Rosario CTP is out in the form of a VPC here 🙂 Doug’s whitepaper should

  23. Viking quest says:

    It’s with great pleasure that I announce the availability of the Rosario CTP (officially known as Microsoft®

  24. Over the past few weeks, the Visual Studio Development team has been very busy helping enable the .NET

  25. Chris Koenig says:

    For those of you interested in what the future holds for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, codename

  26. Wir lieben Codenamen für unsere Produkte. Leider ist das oft verwirrend. Besonders in diesem Fall, da

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  28. Kunal says:

    Sir

    This is a lame question to ask. I wanted to try the latest Visual Studio. What should I download Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 Team System or Rosario CTP.

    Thanks

  29. Kunal –

    Not a lame question at all.  Most likely, you’ll want to try out Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 if you want to get experience with the latest Visual Studio features shipping later this year.   The Rosario CTP is really for folks that want a glimpse at the future features for Team System. Since Rosario won’t be shipping for a while, it’s not really ready for any deep evaluation like you can do with VS2008.

    Hope that helps.

    jeff

  30. Blogs have quickly become a primary means for the Team System team to communicate with our community

  31. I’m happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as Microsoft®

  32. I'm happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as

  33. Got Team? says:

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