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Nov 9 2009   10:22PM GMT

Microsoft buys Teamprise – gains Eclipse plug-in for TFS, VS 2010

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

By Rob Barry and Jack Vaughan

Microsoft said it will purchase Teamprise, a company that has developed add-ons for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server (TFS). Notably, Teamprise supports Eclipse add-ins, an area that Microsoft has largely ignored.

The Teamprise Client Suite will be integrated into VS2010, allowing developers using the Eclipse IDE or non-Windows platforms to build applications in TFS. Microsoft will offer Teamprise Client Suite as a joint purchase alongside VS2010. The suite includes:

  • Teamprise plug-in for Eclipse – allows developers to perform source control, bug tracking, build and reporting operations in Eclipse and Eclipse-based IDEs;
  • Teamprise Explorer – puts the functionality of the Eclipse plug-in in a stand-alone GUI for team members working outside the IDE;
  • Teamprise command-line client – provides command-line access to TFS for users who prefer it.

Just two weeks ago, Microsoft disclosed plans to re-package its Visual Studio product line. While still supporting Team Foundation Server, the company was going to discard the ”Visual Studio Team System” moniker.

The company, which for many years eschewed the IBM-originated (but now open-source) Eclipse tool backplane, showed some added openness to Eclipse of late. It said open-source companies Tasktop Technologies and Soyatec would work on various plug-ins and add-ons to bring users of Eclipse into its Azure cloud computing platform.

“The same core team of developers behind Teamprise is moving to Microsoft to carry on what was going to be Teamprise 4.0,” said Martin Woodward, now program manager for Teamprise at Microsoft, in a blog post.

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