Yesterday Microsoft announced the aquisition of Teamprise, the company providing access to TFS from other platforms and IDE. I think it’s great that Microsoft will provide a complete solution so hopefully this will make it even more natural to use TFS in an heterogenous development environment.
According to Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet, the former Teamprise tools will be available as part of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate or as a separate package;
New users will be able to buy Team Foundation Server plus Teamprise shipped as a single package. The bundle will be offered as part of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate SKU or at retail for approximately $799.
Reference: Microsoft ‘builds a branch to Java developers” with Teamprise buy
So, just look at this beautiful picture showing the equivalent of Team Explorer running on Mac OSX:
Read the full press-release here: Microsoft Acquires Teamprise Assets, Provides Cross-Platform Support for Visual Studio.
I just received a mail from Ognjen Bajic at Ekobit that a new version of TeamCompanion is out.
From Ogy’s blog:
Following is the list of the most important new and improved features of TeamCompanion in v2.2:
• Better offline support and support for occasionally connected clients
• Improved Work item edit form
• Improved Work item preview (Support for history; preview is now fully customizable)
• Improved Work item from Mail action
• Improved Open related object action – for emails multiple related objects are offered; related work item for Outlook Appointments
• Improved Reports support (new conversion formats for Reports; support for Canceling )
• Improved Send Work Item as Mail action (‘with attachments’ option including attaching created mail back to the Work Item)
• Improved usability/ease of use
• TFS 2010 Beta support
• TeamCompanion v2.2 is compatible with Windows 7
Read more in this blogpost.
Here a screenshot showing TeamCompanion nicely integrated in Office 2007:
Make sure to try it out, this is a really useful add-on to TFS!