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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Web Access

Brian Harry just announced that Microsoft has aquired the company that makes the Teamprise web access solution for Team Foundation Server and is immediately making it available for free for all licensed TFS users. This is great news since one of the big challenges with TFS deployments is people not wanting to install Visual Studio / Team Explorer to manage work items. Very cool!

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  • SoftwareEngineer May 27, 2009, 5:57 pm

    This is false by the way.

    If you go to the link and read it: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/03/26/microsoft-acquires-teamplain.aspx

    You’ll find this text: “Does this mean I don’t need TeamPrise any more? – No, not if you do X-Plat development and/or want Eclipse integration. While TeamPlain can provide some cross platform access via the browser, it is not designed to provide the full set of capabilities that a developer would use: IDE and editor integration, command-line access for scripting, full version control access, etc.”

    The only good reason to use Teamprise with TFS is if you’re using something like Eclipse (or Adobe Flex Builder- which is the same thing as Eclipse). So, way to get my hopes up and then have them dashed against the cement of the cold, hard, plain truth.

  • Cory Foy May 27, 2009, 9:52 pm

    Get your hopes up? I said explicitly that this is great because people don’t want to have to install Team Explorer to manage work items. So I don’t know what you are saying is false – it *was* great news for people who wanted to be able to manage work items and not install Team Explorer.

    The main good reason to use Teamprise is if you have business people who need to interact with your product backlog, and you don’t want to put them through the ringer of installing a client software on their machine. It’s designed for lightweight access.

    So, not sure what had your hopes up there, but I’m glad you were able to get it clarified.