A big day of releases and announcements. Two of the big ones are that VS 2010 SP1 and TFS 2010 SP1 have shipped and that the Team Foundation Server Project Server Integration Feature Pack is now available for MSDN subscribers. As of today, both are available on the MSDN download site. On Thursday 3/10, the SP1 builds will become available to non-MSDN subscribers on the Microsoft download sites.
SP1 is not a huge service pack by VS 2008 SP1 standards but it’s a very nice one. It has a handful of nice new features (like IIS Express support and support for the Project Server Feature Pack) and hundreds of bug fixes. That put together a list of all of the changes that have gone into SP1 and organized it a little bit in order to help you make sense of it. Later today, you should find them here.
TFS Project Server Integration Feature Pack
Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a considerable advancement for organizations that want to bridge the collaboration gap between the Project Management Office and software development teams. It enables teams to work together more effectively by:
- Providing up to date insight into portfolio execution, alignment with strategic objectives, and resource utilization of software development projects by leveraging the quantitative data stored in different systems.
- Automating the exchange and sharing of project information across teams and improving coordination between teams using disparate methodologies, like waterfall and agile, via common data and agreed upon metrics.
- Enabling development and project management teams to use familiar tools to collaborate and communicate project timeline and progress such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint.
To learn more about the TFS and Project Server integration capabilities, read an earlier post on the Beta release:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2010/12/07/portfolio-management-tfs-lt-gt-project-server-integration-in-beta.aspx