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Microsoft Unloads Data Warehouse Software

Microsoft said it will release Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, its data warehouse and collaboration software, to manufacturing today.

Team Foundation Server lets developers match project management and software design to ensure that applications meet business requirements.

The software collects information on project history, including impact analysis, capacity planning and resource management, a spokesperson said in a statement.

To alleviate customer concerns about compliance and auditing, Team Foundation Server also lets companies collect information to create customized reports that help address the government regulations.

The software is a key piece of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) strategy. ALM helps customers track and manage software projects, ensure they're as bug-free as possible, and see them through to completion.

Microsoft pits its ALM strategy and products against software from Borland and IBM's Rational division.

Microsoft said some partners plan to ship products in conjunction with Team Foundation Server.

One partner, Teamprise, will unveil Teamprise Client Suite 1.0.

This software allows software development teams to use the source control and work item tracking features of Team Foundation Server from within the Eclipse integrated development environment and from other operating systems, such as Linux and Mac OS X.

Also, EDS and Fujitsu plan to use Team Foundation Server to collect data for impact analysis and capacity planning.

Team Foundation Server software "bits" are expected to be available to customers on Microsoft's developer network early next week.