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Microsoft Focuses On Application Lifecycle Management To Improve Visual Studio

Microsoft’s upcoming version of its flagship Visual Studio development suite will come with application lifecycle management (ALM) features.

In its TechEd 2011 conference taking place in Atlanta, the new Visual Studio suite, which will be called Visual Studio vNext, will focus on providing tools for creating and managing applications for the cloud and mobile devices.

Microsoft is focusing heavily on ALM and collaboration, which the company believes is the next logical step in the evolution of the platform.

The company said that building a software requires a dedicated effort from the team of developers, testers, architects and project planners. That is why, the next Visual Studio offering will focus on offering ALM tools in a collaborated environment.

The company also demoed a new product that effectively links Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 that is meant to improve collaboration between development and operations teams.

“We’ve just released a CTP of the new connector between System Center and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 that facilitates the alignment between development and operations,” said Jason Zander, the corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft.