It’s about time. While Visual Studio .NET is generally considered to be one of the best integrated development environments, even by its competitors, Microsoft Corp. has always left it to third-party tools providers to round out the application development life cycle. With the announcement of the Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the company is adding necessary core functions into the IDE, expanding it beyond coding for the first time.
While Microsoft Corp.’s Visual Studio 2005 Team System won’t ship until the first half of next year, that didn’t stop numerous ISVs from pledging their support of VS 2005 TS at the company’s Tech-Ed conference.
Microsoft Corp. late last month sketched out an ambitious plan to add enterprise modeling, testing and change management features to its integrated development environment. While the vision seems complete, the actual tools won’t ship until the first half of 2005 at the earliest.