What is the difference between compiling the projects using MSBuild and devenv ?
1. Developers using
a. Devenv ABC.vcproj /Build <Configuration_To_Build>
2. Team Build internally uses:
a. MSBuild ABC.vcproj
Well it depends on what kind of projects you are trying to build. Heres the explanation..
Devenv use msbuild. But MSBuild does not build Visual C++ projects. If msbuild encounters a solution that contains a VC++ project, it calls VCBuild. This is the same behavior as inside DevEnv .
If the projects are using C++, then MSBuild is not called. Devenv uses MSBuild to process solution files. If MSBuild sees a VCProj, it calls VCBuild. If there is a vb.net or C# project, then msbuild handles building the project.
Thanks to Jerel Frauenheim for explaining this with diagram.