VS 2005 Product Line-up :: A Picture Says 1,000 Words


We are getting a lot of questions on the Visual Studio 2005 product line-up and I though I would post a few pictures to clarify this.  It’s a relatively long Blog post so first up here are the main headings:


  • Extending the product offering…
  • So What’s in The 3 Visual Studio Team System SKU’s
  • Why would you move to VSTS?
  • When will the product be released in NZ?
  • I currently have an MSDN Subscription how does this relate to me?
  • What is included in the new VSTS Subscriptions…
  • How much will they cost?
  • The Most Cost Effective Way to Get VSTS?
  • How does it work for Partners (ISV/SI)?

So here goes…

 

First a few acronym busters:


  1. SKU – this is product speak for a product line such as a shirt in our case a version of Visual Studio 2005.
  2. VSTS – stands for Visual Studio 2005 Team System


Extending the Product Offering…

 

All of our products include support for version 2.0 of the framework and associated technologies such as ASP .NET and WinForms.

 

The Professional and Standard versions of Visual Studio 2005 are significantly more feature complete than ever before with refactoring support, debugging enhancements and the Class Designer.

 

We have extended the Visual Studio product family in two directions:


  1. Down: reducing some functionality to cater for enthusiasts, hobbyists and students  with our Visual Studio Express editions
  2. Up: adding role based support to cater for Enterprise Development and team collaboration with Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)

 

 

 

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A lot of the questions I’m getting relate to VSTS so I’m going to focus on that a little.

 


So What’s in The 3 Visual Studio Team System SKU’s?

 

With the release of Visual Studio 2005 Team System we will move to a role based subscription service (Similar to MSDN Universal but one for each role).  There are a total of three roles (Test, Developer and Architect) which are represented in the image below.

 

 

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On top of the three role based SKU’s there will be an additional subscription that covers all roles called ‘Team Suite’.

 

A lot of additional functionality (Reports, Builds, Work Items, Enterprise Source Control) depends on ‘Team Foundation Server’ which will be sold as a separate Server product with Client License Licensing (CAL) licensing for project managers and the like.  Each of the three Team System SKU’s includes a client CAL for this product.

 


Why would you move to VSTS?

 

Besides the additional tools to assist you in being productive in your role e.g. Unit Testing,  Code Coverage and Code Profiling, the increase in team communication and collaboration though out the SDLC will be a huge benefit to the team. 

 

A simple example is the support for the project manager to see how the project is going though the reports and the ability to track work-items right through from the tester logging them to the developer fixing them.

 

For an overview of VSTS in action (from TechEd 2004) have a look at this slide deckThere are a number of good presentations and video’s on this page as well.


But don’t think that you need to move to VSTS – it’s an awesome product – but for a single individual you might want to continue using VS 2005 Professional or VSTS Developer Edition (so you get unit tests, code coverage, …). 

 

VSTS in it’s entirety is really targeted at Medium to Large Development teams.   There are other options to continue working as you do today.

 

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When will the product be released in NZ ?

 

The new subscriptions will be released in this calendar year…  In the section on MSDN Subscriptions below I will tell you how to get the software as soon as it is released.

 

Remember you can go into production with .NET 2.0 and VS 2005 using Beta 2 and we have customers and partners who are doing this using the ‘go-live’ license option.  I will provide the ability for you to get Beta 2 from our NZ Evaluation web site – watch for a post with these details soon.

 


I currently have an MSDN Subscription how does this relate to me?

 

We will look after our current MSDN Subscribers.  If you have a subscription where you receive the Enterprise Developer toolset the details look like…

 

For no additional cost the following subscriptions will be upgraded:

 

MSDN Enterprise
> Visual Studio 2005 Team System Developer Edition + MSDN Premium
 
MSDN Universal
> Visual Studio 2005 Team System Developer Edition + MSDN Premium or
> Visual Studio 2005 Team System Test Edition + MSDN Premium or
> Visual Studio 2005 Team System Architect Edition + MSDN Premium
 
At a minimal cost MSDN Universal can be upgraded to ‘Team Suite’ which includes the tools for all three roles.  However you still need to purchase ‘Foundation Server’ separately.

 

For MSDN OS and MSDN Library there are no changes.  For MSDN Professional you will receive VS 2005 Professional in your subscription.

 


What is included in the new VSTS Subscriptions:

 

So the final subscription SKU line-up will look like this:

 

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How much will they cost?

 

I will publish NZ prices on 30th July 2005.  In the interim look at the US process in this press release.  Rest assured we will make the prices more comparable to the USD prices.

 

We will also be running a promotion to help people get onto MSDN Universal before product release so they get a no cost upgrade to one of the VSTS SKU’s.  Watch my Blog for more details on this.

 


The Most Cost Effective Way to Get VSTS?

 

This is an easy answer. We provide a free upgrade to VSTS for all MSDN Universal subscribers who are subscribers before the launch of VSTS. It is therefore recommended that you should get onto MSDN Universal before the launch of VSTS to take advantage of this upgrade.

 

Getting onto MSDN Universal is a compelling option in any case as we have a great number of exciting products that will release during your subscription (SQL 2005, VS 2005, VSTS, BizTalk 2006, …).   Don’t forget that MSDN Universal is a subscription service that will provide you with all of the new products for Development and testing purposes (Office System, Developer Tools, Windows Server System). 

 

As I alluded to above we will run a promotion shortly that will make getting MSDN Universal more cost effective than ever in New Zealand!

 


How does it work for Partners (ISV/SI)?

 

Specifically in relation to VSTS this detail still needs to be worked out and we should have an answer on this within the next month.

Comments (9)

  1. Kevin Daly says:

    Informative post.

    One of those diagrams left me confused about something though: Is the Class Designer included with Visual Studio 2005 Professional or not? I’d previously got the impression that it was, but from the diagram it looks like it isn’t.

    That would be a shame, big time.

    Like everybody else I will of course grizzle about the fact that unit testing support isn’t included from top to bottom, but at least for that we’ll probably have NUnit…my last petulant whine would be about the fact that the SKUs embody certain assumptions about the demarcation of roles and who needs what that don’t reflect the reality for many development environments (but then we all know that marketing departments are invariably staffed by people who’ll be lined up against a wall when the revolution comes).

    But I don’t want to distract from my original question: What’s the deal with the Class Designer?

  2. Garry Trinder says:

    LOL

    "Don’t forget that MSDN Universal is a subscription service that will provide you with all* of the new products for Development and testing purposes "

    (*) At the moment of posting – all mean "all, but for only one Team System role".

    In future – meaning of word "all" is subject to changes.

  3. smcbreen says:

    Hi Kevin,

    The Class Designer _is_ included in all versions of Visual Studio with the exception of the Express editions so Professional and Standard along with all VSTS SKU’s will include it 😉

    Here’s a post from the product group themselves…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/classdesigner/archive/2005/03/26/402319.aspx

    Also a great Blog – I’d recommend it…

    Cheers,

    Sean

  4. Mike Gale says:

    I’ve always liked the MS attitude to developers. In this case (VSTS) you’re clearly addressing a different market, not me.

    I need deployment diagrams, testing (not just unit, integration etc. but the tools do that anyway), coverage, profiling etc. etc. (Forced specialisation, forget it.)

    In other words items that need the three SKU’s.

    I think you are too far down the road (securing that smallish number of high revenue accounts) to change direction. I will continue with my own version of NSuite on top of VS. (Vault, CodeSMART, Enterprise Architect for UML, MBUnit, TestDriven.NET etc.). It’s a pity. You guys do a great job of developer software, and what was shown at Connect looked very promising.

  5. Dewayne Christensen says:

    The second picture makes it look like the architect and tester editions are subsets of the developer edition. If this is the case, and all three editions are the same price, then why would anyone pick anything but the developer edition?

    Or are there features in those two that aren’t included in the developer edition and aren’t shown on the chart?

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