Team Foundation Server is now here!

In case you haven’t heard the good news, Rick Laplante launched Team Foundation Server today at SDWest.  The team is finishing up the final sign-off process and will be releasing the final bits to manufacturing tomorrow.  It’s a proud moment for the whole team and a culmination of many years of hard work by a great group of people.


As Rick likes to say, this really is the end of the beginning for us.  How so?


Some see TFS as simply a team collaboration server.  However, in my mind, the label may not do justice to the technology’s real value, which is at the heart of our approach to ensuring that software initiatives drive business value.  Team Foundation Server is a critical piece of the puzzle in enabling software development to become a true competency inside of organizations.


As an industry, we’ve helped other areas of the business become more reliable, efficient and targeted.  Yet in many respects we’ve neglected to do this for the software development organization. Other parts of the business, such as marketing, have had the ability to measure the success and failure of their efforts for some time and it’s high time that we were able to do this for software development.


Microsoft is tackling the problem of delivering secure, quality software initiatives in a predictable manner, by focusing on how to get the masses to adopt software engineering principles.  We believe that lightweight processes, instantiated by the tools environment, can enable teams to succeed without impacting their productivity.


It’s a democratized approach that ensures that the tools and best practices for software development can be broadly adopted, without cost and complexity as key inhibitors. To assist in this, we place a priority on tools integration and role-based experiences that is designed from the ground up, rather than after the fact.


TFS not only automates the workflow instantiating the software development process in a more streamlined way, it also uniquely collects real-time data intelligence based on project history, differing from the approaches that rely on industry benchmark data.  TFS serves as a data warehouse that critically links the various roles in the software development lifecycle – from the individual developer, to the architect, testers, system administrators, and all the way to the CIO and Project Management Office.  The systems definition model is a tangible result of a common language between development and operations.  Also early integration of TFS with Enterprise Project Server for project portfolio management feeds into capacity planning, resource management, and impact and risk analysis – so that the right software projects may be selected for the best return on investment (ROI).


Moreover, TFS tackles the people problem head on - ensuring that collaboration is key, particularly important in outsourcing or distributed development scenarios.  It’s also a key link that enables us to bring more and more roles to the table to be part of the software development process.  A good example of this is the professional developer and the creative professional (designer) that need to come together and work collaboratively to build the next generation differentiated user experiences.


I go back to what Rick said — we’re at the end of the beginning.  The foundational platform is there for organizational, team and individual alignment and for providing additional tools both by our partners and by us.  There’s still a great deal of work ahead of us but we are excited for the future and the work we can do with the community to help our customers gain increased business value over their software initiatives.




Comments (23)

  1. Soma has the news – Team Foundation Server is now here!

    Our walkabout

    companion, Rob Caron,

    has even…

  2. Seshagiri says:

    hi Somasegar,

    I am planning to use the team foundation system  for a number of my projects and have a question.

    We have two contractors’ dev teams outside our firewall. Can such parties access the source control system in team system? we do not have a VPN and currently they cannot access our network. So any info will help me inform my network setup team.



  3. Rob Caron says:

    In his keynote today at SDWest 2006, Rick LaPlante announced that we’re releasing Visual Studio 2005…

  4. Soma,


    FAQ: Can I use VS.NET 2002, 2003, VS 6.0 with TFS?

  5. S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft’s corporate VP of Developer Tools provides a bit of the philosophy in a post on his weblog.

  6. DougInGa says:

    Just trying to understand this section of the post. .." Also early integration of TFS with Enterprise Project Server … "  is that an announcement that better integration is on the way?

    Current integration with Project Server has some issues.




  7. MSDNArchive says:

    Norman: you can use the Team Foundation MSSCCI provider – the Beta2 version (we’re hoping to complete it soon) is available @

  8. Jason Grovert says:

    ETA on Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition on MSDN?

  9. Mike Cattle says:

    "ETA on Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition on MSDN?"

    I see it there now!

  10. Somasegar says:

    Hi Seshagiri,

    Today you need VPN to be able to connect via the internet.  One of the things that the team has on its set of things to do is to NOT have to require a VPN connection.  As the team makes progress on that, you will hear about that.

    – somasegar

  11. Somasegar says:

    Hi Doug,

    You mention about some integration issues currently with Project.  I would love to hear some details and specifics from you on that.

    – somasegar

  12. Somasegar says:

    Hi Norman,

    You do need VS 2005 for use with Team Foundation Server as we have done a bunch of integration work with the client-side tools that we shipped in VS 2005 and TFS.

    – somasegar

  13. Somasegar says:

    Hi Jason,

    The Workgroup edition of Team Foundation Server went up on MSDN last Friday.  You should be able to see it there now.

    – somasegar

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