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November 9, 2009

Microsoft buys Teamprise Eclipse to Visual Studio TFS bridge from SourceGear

Posted by David Hunter at 8:37 PM ET.

Today Microsoft announced that they had acquired the Teamprise assets from SourceGear:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will purchase the Teamprise-related assets of SourceGear LLC, which enable developers using the Eclipse IDE or operating on multiple operating systems, including Unix, Linux and Mac OS X, to build applications with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. Development organizations will benefit from increased integration in heterogeneous environments, as well as reduced time and complexity associated with application development tasks. Functionality from the Teamprise Client Suite will be integrated into the Visual Studio product line beginning with Visual Studio 2010.

The Teamprise technology will be available in the Visual Studio 2010 wave. Customers will be able to jointly purchase the Teamprise Client Suite technology, updated to work with Team Foundation Server 2010, and one Team Foundation Server client access license. Customers with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN also will receive the Teamprise Client Suite technology as part of their original subscription purchase. SourceGear will continue to provide support for Teamprise products and sell its latest release of the Teamprise Client Suite until the Microsoft solution becomes available.

Teamprise consists of the following:

Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse. The Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse allows developers to perform all their source control, bug tracking, build and reporting operations from within Eclipse and Eclipse-based integrated development environments (IDEs), such as Rational Application Developer, JBoss, BEA Workshop and Adobe Flex Builder.

Teamprise Explorer. Teamprise Explorer combines all the functionality available to Eclipse developers using the Teamprise Plug-in into a stand-alone, cross-platform graphical user interface (GUI) application that is perfect for team members working outside of an IDE, such as graphic designers, quality assurance testers and project managers.

Teamprise Command-Line Client. The Teamprise Command-Line Client provides a cross-platform, nongraphical interface to Team Foundation Server, making it perfect for scripting and build scenarios or for developers who prefer a command-line interface.

This seems like an novel play by Microsoft to extend the market for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to non-Microsoft developers. On the face of it that seems unlikely until you consider developers in large shops with heterogeneous environments whose management might be receptive to a single uniform tool for all their development management needs. View this as a move on IBM’s Rational products that provide much the same functionality plus providing a Microsoft foot in the door the next time a large enterprise needs to make a development platform decision.

Filed under Acquisitions, Coopetition, IBM, Microsoft, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2010

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March 31, 2009

Microsoft fishes in Google’s and IBM’s troubled legal waters

Posted by David Hunter at 10:07 PM ET.

Steven Levy asks Who’s Messing With the Google Book Settlement? and answers "Hint: They’re in Redmond, Washington."

Last October, Google settled the lawsuit brought against it by book publishers and authors concerning its massive book-scanning project. The $125 million deal gives Google the right to store digital copies of the books, include them in its search results, sell online versions and license its book-scans to libraries. It also allows millions of "orphan" works (books still under copyright but whose copyright-holders can’t be found) to be included in Google’s program.

The only obstacle remaining for the settlement to take effect is final court approval. Given a case of this scope, it’s not too surprising that a number of interested parties might lodge objections or ask for changes. Nor is it terribly surprising that at least one party nudging its way into the settlement is an internet-issues-oriented group from New York Law School.

But what does raise an eyebrow is the source of New York Law’s funding on this matter: Microsoft.

Hit the link for the details – I liked the part where the chief investigator of the New York Law School project is James Grimmelmann who used to be a Microsoft programmer.

At a conference in February, Grimmelmann was discussing his views of the book settlement with a policy specialist of his former employer, and the Microsoft exec reminded Grimmelmann that the company has had a continuing interest in funding academic efforts.

And a timely reminder it was too, I’m sure. The hilarity is somewhat tempered by the uncertainty as to what the New York Law group will actually say in their brief, but I expect that their promise to request that the Court "solicit the opinions of the Anti-trust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission" gives more than a hint.

Microsoft gave up their own book scanning aspirations last May, but providing a little legal trouble for competitors is a time honored tech industry pastime. For another recent Microsoft example see Ashlee Vance’s article on IBM’s legal troubles over mainframe technology with Platform Solutions and T3 Technologies who were/are financially supported by Microsoft.

Filed under Antitrust, Coopetition, Google, IBM, Legal, Microsoft

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June 3, 2008

Gates says goodbye at TechEd08

Posted by David Hunter at 7:00 PM ET.

Bill Gates made a valedictory appearance at this year’s TechEd and along with a Steve Ballmer robot had some some development related announcements:

Not on the formal program was a certain amount of uncertainty over the arrival of SQL Server 2008:

He said Microsoft’s SharePoint Server would become the first Microsoft product to use enterprise search from its Fast Search and Transfer acquisition. The delayed SQL Server will be next. "Think of it as SQL Server, but it’s really Fast," he said.

For all the talk of data services, there was still no date on the next edition of SQL Server. Demonstrating SQL Server 2008, Dave Campbell, from Microsoft’s data storage platform division said SQL Server 2008 would be available in the "next month or two."

SQL Server 2008 is due in 3Q so it is not really past its latest due date. Fast Search & Transfer was acquired by Microsoft in January.

Filed under Acquisitions, Beta and CTP, Bill Gates, Conferences, Coopetition, Executives, Expression Blend, IBM, IE8, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, OS - Server, Office, SQL Server, Servers, SharePoint Designer, Silverlight, Steve Ballmer, Sync Framework, TechEd08, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008, Windows SharePoint Services

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April 30, 2008

Microsoft betas heterogeneous system management offerings

Posted by David Hunter at 12:02 PM ET.

The traditional weakness of Microsoft’s system management software has been that no matter how good it was for managing Microsoft systems, it didn’t play in the heterogeneous environments that predominate in large enterprises. Yesterday, Microsoft stepped up to that challenge with public betas of new heterogeneous environment enhancements for their flagship data center management products, Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager:

Microsoft today announced the availability of a public beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions, which build on the existing Operations Manager 2007 technology and capabilities and are designed to help customers extend the value of their Microsoft System Center investments. Providing customers with a comprehensive management solution, this new end-to-end IT systems monitoring capability incorporates industry standards and proven open source technologies, including Web Services for Management (WS-Management) and OpenPegasus, extending the capabilities across both physical and virtualized Windows and non-Windows operating systems and applications. Microsoft delivers the core foundational cross-platform support out of the box for HP-UX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Sun Solaris and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating systems so that partners can focus on adding their deep domain expertise in the form of management packs. Companies such as Novell Inc., Quest Software Inc. and Xandros Inc. have demonstrated their support by working to deliver monitoring abilities for applications made by organizations such as The Apache Software Foundation, MySQL AB and Oracle.

Further demonstrating support for its commitment to OpenPegasus, Microsoft also announced today that it will be joining the OpenPegasus Steering Committee and contribute code back to the open source community under the Microsoft Public License, an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved license.

Microsoft also delivered a beta of the updated System Center Operations Manager 2007 Connectors, based on many of the same extensible open source technology and industry standards as the Cross Platform Extensions, which provide an integrated administrative experience and the ability to interoperate and exchange System Center monitoring data with third-party management offerings such as HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console.

Also delivered today was the public beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (formerly code-named “Virtual Machine Manager vNext”), which enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and to centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 or VMware ESX Server.

The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, of course, but Microsoft clearly is making a serious run at the traditional enterprise system management vendors like HP and IBM. If you want to try the free samples, all three betas are downloadable at Microsoft Connect.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Coopetition, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager

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