Episode 2 Dev Tools Q&A: Why upgrade to TFS 2010?

This is the second in a video series where I had the chance to interview Adam Gallant at Microsoft. In this instalment, Adam talks to me about what he thinks are the main reasons behind upgrading to TFS 2010.


Episode 1 Dev Tools Q&A: Team Foundation Server 2010

I’ve  just arrived back to Softchoice Head Office after a quick information-gathering trip to the Microsoft Canada headquarters in Mississauga, ON. I’ve brought a bundle of answers back with me, which I’ll be unleashing over the next week in a new video series.

This Spring, Microsoft rolled out Team Foundation Server as a benefit to MSDN subscriptions – full server and CAL (everything you need to run Team Foundation Server). Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with customers letting them know about this awesome tool they now have for FREE, and all of the reasons why they should use it (now)!

There are a few questions that pop up in almost every Team Foundation Server conversation. I took a list of them to my friend Adam Gallant at Microsoft (who happens to be Canada’s leading TFS guru) and collected his expert answers.

Here’s the first video – we cover the specific size your team should be to use TFS and we also go over the challenges of deploying. Enjoy and stay tuned for more videos over the next week.


Still to come:

  • Biggest Roadblock to getting set up with TFS?
  • Why would you move to 2010 from 2008?
  • What’s the coolest TFS functionality that few people know about?

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get right back to you. If you have a recommendation for another dev tools video, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for watching!

Developers: What are you waiting for?

To all of the developers and aspiring app creators out there reading this blog: I would bet that there’s at least a 50% chance that you dreamt up an awesome app idea around the time of the first iPhone launch. A smattering of you hopped right to it: created your app, sold that puppy, and totally took advantage of a (seemingly) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

A larger subset of you have been kicking yourself for over three and a half years now for never getting around to writing that darn app. Every morning you head in to the office for 9:00am, give or take, and find yourself gazing woefully at that empty seat where Dave used to sit. Dave, unlike yourself, took rapid-fire action, quickly transforming his app ideas into lines of code, and subsequently into cold hard cash. As a result, Dave is currently sipping Brandy on his yacht, which you know he named The App just to irk you. [Read more…]

The future of collaboration: SharePoint 2010 pricing and licensing changes

With the May 2010 release of SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft made several changes to the licensing, packaging and pricing of its platform for collaboration and Business Intelligence (BI) toolset from the 2007 version.  These changes include price increases for select SharePoint products, the integration and addition of new technologies and enhancements products into the SharePoint family and two new server licensing options.

10% price increases on several licenses:

With the changes to the 2010 release Microsoft raised the price of several SharePoint 2010 licenses by 10% in May, 2010.  This includes a price increase for SharePoint Server 2010 ECAL, Search Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 license. However, it should be noted there was no price increase for the Standard Client Access License.

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Microsoft Lync: More than just an instant messenger

A comment I hear all too often about this technology really doesn’t do it justice. Office Communications Server is not just Microsoft’s “Instant Messenger on steroids”. Have you thought about replacing your PBX with an IP-based solution that would drastically reduce telephony costs? What about all the money your organization would save by using Microsoft’s solution for conferencing and communicating between multiple global locations?

Next generation telephony” is just one of the ways that Microsoft describes the soon to be released, newly-chrsitened version of OCS (2010, unofficially). Here is a technology that provides a single, comprehensive unified communications solution that includes voice, instant messaging, presence, and audio, video, and web conferencing, all integrated with commonly used applications such as Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and infrastructure elements such as Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange and System Center Operations Manager. [Read more…]

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 Beta available

Exchange 2010 SP1 is optimized for mobile devices

A beta of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 is now available, offering new features and bug fixes for the messaging server. SP1 is expected to ship towards the end of 2010, but you can download the Beta here.

The new features include interface and performance improvements to Outlook Web App (OWA), more efficient synchronization of conversation threads for mobile device users through Exchange Active Sync.

Store a user’s personal archive mailbox on a different server from the user’s primary mailbox allowing archive servers to have separate hardware storage, maintenance routines and fault tolerant configurations.