Initially I was very exited about Team System with all the nice integration features, testing capabilities, and just general coolness factor. I was, however, put off by the massive price of the beast. While I certainly understood Microsoft’s reasoning behind the pricing and licensing scheme, our small shop just couldn’t justify investing such a large amount of money in the product. So I quietly made peace with the fact that we’d never get out grubby little hands on the product.
Fast forward to today where I find a post from Rick LaPlante saying that Microsoft has indeed been listening to customers and come up with a “crippled” version of Team Systems for small teams like ours. Happy! Joy!
The crippled version is kind of like what you get with an Access database where performance goes to hell with more five concurrent connections. The small version of Team System will be included with each of the Team System roles and will support up to five users. Unlike Access I seriously doubt that Team System will work with more than five concurrent users though.
In any event this is certainly good news I go to get back into the game and get beta 2 installed for some serious testing.
Also noteworthy is the fact that upgrading from a single Team System role to the full suite is getting more flexible than initially announced.
“One area where we received a lot of feedback was from smaller organizations looking to use Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server. The ability to amortize the cost of the server over a large number of devs makes the Server exceptionally cheap on a per seat basis when you are thinking 20, 50, 100, 500 people per server. However when you are talking about 3 people on the server, well we can all do the math. To help address this issue, we will place a limited version of Team Foundation Server in each Visual Studio Team System role edition. This version will be restricted to a maximum of five users and should serve the needs of smaller organizations. Teams that have a need for more users should still find that Team Foundation Server is significantly more cost effective than current source code control solutions and offers tremendous value through its role as the core of integration across all of the Team System.”
Robert McLaws also picked up on the news.