Today we are releasing the “final” TFS 2008 based release of the Web Access Power Tool. I put “final” in quotes because the release model for Power Tools is a little different than for our major product versions. Rather than releasing “big”
In my last post, I referred to “a couple” of VS2008 initiatives that we are breathing new life into. In that post I talked about our specification sharing process for Rosario. The second one we’ve been reinvigorating is our publicly available downloads.
During the VS 2008 product cycle, we started several new initiatives to increase transparency. Some of them continued strong and some of them sputtered. We are breathing new life into a couple of them. The first to be reinvigorated it the specification publishing process.
It’s a bit of an anticlimax in the shadow of the Visual Studio 2008 RTM last week, but the Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Code Name ‘Rosario’ November 2007 CTP is now available for download. Those you you who don’t enjoy living on the bleeding edge can ignore it and bask in the glow of your shiny new VS 2008 download 🙂
The problems with getting TFS Workgroup Edition from MSDN Subscriber downloads should now be resolved. It has now been made available to all appropriately licensed subscribers and should show up in your list of download choices. If you still can’t see it and you believe you should,
We are working on an update for Visual SourceSafe 2005 to make it work with VS 2008. We had originally planned to have it available at the same time as VS 2008 downloads went live but we hit a last minute bug that is taking a little time to work out.
In my “questions…” post, I referenced a blog post by Richard Hundhausen detailing his bad experience using the Akamai download manager to get VS 2008. It appears it has been a very hot topic in the blogosphere. People have been working not stop to address the issues and we apologize for the problems.
We have tracked down the URL for downloading Team Explorer 2008 from microsoft.com (when I first wrote the post I wrote that I didn’t know where it was). The url is: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0ED12659-3D41-4420-BBB0-A46E51BFCA86&displaylang=en
I have since updated the original post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/11/22/2008-installation-questions.aspx so that future readers can find it and not have to thread all of the updates together.
Along with the RTM of VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 and .NET 3.5 this week, we have released a compatible version of the Visual Studio SDK. The changes to the TFS portion of this SDK are fairly minimal. We updated all of the TFS samples so that there are both VB and C# versions and we updated the TFS object model assemblies to the TFS 2008 versions so that you can build TFS 2008 applications now.
We made one significant licensing change for TFS with the release of TFS 2008. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback over the past 2 years that there are classes of users who make very light use of TFS and for those users a $500 CAL (list price) is just too much.