VS & TFS 2010 Beta 2 has arrived

by Ewald Hofman 19. October 2009 12:09

Finally, Microsoft has released today the beta 2 for MSDN subscribers today. With the release of this beta 2, Microsoft has also announced a new SKU model.

In Visual Studio 2008, the following model was valid, which consisted of four SKU's. The branding of Visual Studio had terms of TFS, Team System and Team Suite. Research indicated that this branding was little know by a lot of customers.


 The marketing team of Microsoft now brings a new model, that is more in line that you see with the Windows versions.

This new model should make an end to the confusion with a lot of customers about the branding.


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11/4/2009 2:36:06 PM #


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3/26/2010 3:29:53 AM #

David Rathbone

Still does not spell out which is the best of the best developer package
is it Ultimate which by its name is as high as you can go "the Ultimate"
Or is it Professional only for us developers as the best!

Try to see it from the users point you could try this concept with MSN also!
Regards a long term Microsoft developer.

Dave Rathbone

David Rathbone United Kingdom |

3/26/2010 3:35:01 AM #

David Rathbone

This still does not spell out which is the best!
Is Ultimate the Ultimate (i.e. the best of the best! that we developers can buy!)
or is it Professional? (Which can not be the Ultimate?)

I think using the "Kiss" principle could also be applied to the MSN site also!

Kind Regards
A long term Microsoft developer.

David Rathbone

David Rathbone United Kingdom |

3/26/2010 3:39:43 AM #

David Rathbone

No it does not end the confusion!
is Ultimate the Ultimate (The best of the best that we developers can buy!)
Or is it professonal we buy as professonal developers?

Maybe you can use more simple terms? A good idea to do this to MSN also!

Professonal Microsoft Developer
David Rathbone

David Rathbone United Kingdom |

4/19/2010 6:36:24 AM #

Kyle Cherry

So judging by the color areas.. Ultimate incorporates all the features (as the purple goes right round everything)
and the rest only encompass what they contain

Ultimate has EVERYTHING; Premium has itself and Professional; and Professional seems to be limited to its color range.
Mystery Solved

New Programmer

Kyle Cherry South Africa |

4/19/2010 6:43:05 AM #

Ewald Hofman

Kyle, you are absolutely correct!

Ewald Hofman Netherlands |

5/18/2010 7:03:25 AM #



From what i see as their features, I could only think of below uses for these 3 versions of VS.

1. Professional for development
2. Premium for testing
3. Ultimate is for Architects

Sathishkumar India |

5/18/2010 9:11:28 PM #

Ewald Hofman

The Ultimate has many very nice features, like Intellitrace (which gives you an enhanced debugging experience) and the Test Manager (which allows you to do the UI testing).

Those features has changed my life as a developer, so I disagree that is only for architects.

Ewald Hofman Netherlands |

10/10/2010 4:40:45 PM #


I have never used it, but for those who are thinking about buying Ultimate for the IntelliTrace feature, make a note that it only works for managed languages like Visual Basic (.NET) and Visual C#. According to Microsoft's documentation, it does not support C, C++, or any scripting languages.


Exar United States |

4/11/2011 1:22:48 PM #


I'm confused by the line "UI Test Automation" is only included in the premium and NOT the professional edition.

When I created "UI Test Automation" methods in VS2008pro I just included a couple UIA dll libraries and coded in C#.

I can not do that VS 2010 pro?

Jim United States |

4/11/2011 10:41:14 PM #

Ewald Hofman

UI Test Automation is the CodedUI feature where you can record the UI interactions and generate C# with that. You can still do it by yourself of course.

Ewald Hofman Netherlands |

4/13/2011 4:48:31 AM #

Muhmmad Asif Khan

i am  still confuse which one is good and which is not, and which one is best for beginner's......
i m beginner student so anyone who recommend that software which one is good for beginner...
thanks in advance

Muhmmad Asif Khan Saudi Arabia |

4/13/2011 5:16:02 AM #

Ewald Hofman

If you are a student and you want to focus on coding only, then there is even a free Express version available for you.

Ewald Hofman Netherlands |

5/10/2011 8:41:43 PM #

Chris Wong

Who cares? Just use Anjuta! Laughing

Chris Wong New Zealand |

9/10/2014 10:39:41 AM #


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