Microsoft Debuts Exchange 2010, Buys Teamprise

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire the Teamprise client suite from SourceGear, a move that will allow developers using Eclipse and other non-Windows operating systems to build applications using its Visual Studio suite.

It also unveiled Exchange 2010, its latest e-mail and calendar server software, as promised and on schedule as the company’s TechEd Europe conference kicked off in Berlin today.

Microsoft officials said acquiring the Teamprise client will let developers using the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), Unix, Linux or Mac OS X operating systems to build next-generation applications seamless integrate with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 suite.

“We know our customers face daily challenges with management, collaboration and development in heterogeneous environments,” S. Somasegar, senior vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, said in a statement. “The industry must take steps to make interoperability a stronger business asset for our customers.”

“With the acquisition of the Teamprise assets, we’re taking a step forward on this journey, providing customers with a viable cross-platform development solution that will help produce business results more quickly,” Somasegar added.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft said developers will now be able to use a single tool to resolve development issues such as version control, work-item tracking, build management, process guidance and business intelligence from any core development platform.

The Teamprise Plug-In for Eclipse will let developers perform all their source control, bug tracking and reporting operations from within Eclipse and other Eclipse-based IDEs including Rational Application Developer, JBoss, BEA Workshop and Adobe Flex Builder.

The Teamprise Explorer component, when used with Teamprise Plug-In, will create a standalone, cross-platform graphic user interface (GUI) application to simplify development processes for team members such as graphic designers and project managers who are working outside of an IDE, Microsoft said.

Also, the Teamprise Command-Line Client application will give developers a cross-platform, nongraphical interface to the Team Foundation Server—simplifying scripting and build scenarios for developers who prefer a command-line interface.

“For nearly four years, we have made it our mission to deliver strong, best-of-breed tools to our customers for cross-platform development,” Corey Steffen, Teamprise’s general manager, said in a statement. “By joining forces with Microsoft, we see an opportunity to further our mission…”

In September, Microsoft launched WebsiteStart, a program targeting Web application development firms with fewer than 10 employees looking to use Visual Studio, Expression Web 3 and Expression Studio 3 applications suites to develop dynamic Web-based applications.

The program lets these smaller firms license all three applications for three years for just $99.

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