Visual Studio, Team Foundation Service and the Enterprise Cloud

This afternoon, Satya Nadella, Microsoft executive vice president for Cloud and Enterprise spoke about the Enterprise Cloud and our fall wave of enterprise cloud products and services.  Whether public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, Microsoft has the most complete cloud offering in the industry.  With new releases of Windows Server, System Center, Microsoft Dynamics, Windows Azure and Visual Studio, this fall will be a major update to Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud offerings.

I was travelling last week for customer and partner meetings, and was truly amazed to see the transformative effects of the cloud across the industry.  From startups to enterprises, the cloud is having a profound impact on the way that software is built, deployed and consumed.

As we look forward to the release of Visual Studio 2013, which will be available for download on October 18th, it’s good to reflect on the progress that we’ve seen with Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Service and MSDN as developers embrace the cloud.

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2012 continues to be the most downloaded release of Visual Studio with over 5.5M downloads to date.  Over the last 12 months we’ve delivered three major updates to Visual Studio 2012, with significant new features sets, spanning areas such as Windows desktop development, Windows Store development, line-of-business app development, SharePoint development, agile planning and teams, quality enablement, and more.  A fourth update is coming soon, with release candidate 4 of Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 released earlier today.

Team Foundation Service

We’ve seen usage of Team Foundation Service more than double in 2013.  Team Foundation Service offers a version of Team Foundation Server hosted in Windows Azure, accessible from anywhere using existing and familiar tools, and supporting all languages and platforms.  The service includes a free usage plan, making it easy for individuals and lean teams to get started leveraging source control, work items tracking and much more.  Team Foundation Service represents a key component of the Cloud OS developer services.   


The number of MSDN subscribers taking advantage of Dev/Test on Windows Azure has more than doubled in the past 4 months.  Subscribers can use the Windows Azure MSDN benefit for any Azure services they need for development and test, including Virtual Machines (VMs), Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services, and more.

The cloud is transforming software development across the industry.  Visual Studio, TFS and MSDN are enabling developers to embrace this transition.  The next major release, Visual Studio 2013 RTM will be available on October 18th.  And remember to register for the Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch.


Comments (4)

  1. There is something illogical in Cloud Computing. When microcomputers where created, they convinced people to by them telling they were provide independance from mainframes, terminal and phone lines. Now Cloud Computing relies on networked mainframes and needs many communication lines and facilities and microcomputers are non more than "superterminals". It is a very curious "Back To The Future".

  2. @BListe

    It really is kind of amusing to see these companies trying to sell Cloud Services as something new and innovative, when in reality it is just a complete recycle of all the old ideas that failed because the vendors got greedy.

    Hardware upgrades died because a mainframe upgrade would also result in every software vendor sticking their hands out and demanding outrageous sums of additional money for the same software, user limits and functionality which they justified by arguing that you would receive additional value from their software because your new hardware could run it faster. So an upgrade where the new mainframe would cost maybe $45,000 would easily result in over $1,000,000 in software upgrade fees, depending on the number of third party applications you ran, when the whole reason for your upgrade was a single application running a bit slow.

    Hard to sell the upgrade to upper management when you cannot demonstrate anywhere near the ROI needed to justify the purchase.

    Cloud services are just approaching this from a different direction and I expect that their method of extorting money will use a combination of annual increases in licensing costs and holding the customers data hostage.

    But at least with Cloud services you get the added bonus of betting your business on a network link that you have no control over, increased exposure of your data to hacking and government snooping and total loss of control over how/when upgrades will be applied to their services.

    Cloud services are popular with some companies because they see a short-term cost savings in not maintaining their own systems and with the vendors because they want a predictable revenue stream that locks the customer in as much as possible.

    Good times…

  3. Faraz Ilyas says:

    Very Good Achievment……….

  4. Ron says:

    Frustrating ! Visual Studio is a horrible package with Microsoft ignoring their user base. Run don't walk away from this package. This dinosaur will be dead soon enough, don't be the last one still riding it.

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