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Are Team System and Team Suite the same thing?

No, they are not. Let me explain the difference between Team System and Team Suite.

As you might know, a level above the Visual Studio 2005 Professional Version, you find the Visual Studio Team Editions.
Each Team Edition offers special features, which Microsoft assumes useful, for the specific roles they identified in software development.


Team Edition for Software Architects provides tools for visually constructing solutions that are designed from the onset for the environments in which they will be used allowing teams to develop and deploy applications faster and more effectively. The modeling framework allows architects to visualize prescribed architectures and network infrastructures.

Team Edition for Software Developers provides advanced development tools that enable teams to incorporate quality, early and often throughout the life cycle. Performance analysis tools measure, evaluate, and target performance-related issues in code, helping identify performance bottle-necks early on.

Team Edition for Software Testers introduces a set of test tools that are integrated into the Visual Studio environment that help you build high quality applications. The test management tools allow testers to author, execute, and manage tests and related work items all from within Visual Studio

So now Team Suite simply is the unification of all those 3 products. Simply speaking if you install Team Suite you have access to all the features from with the IDE.

The Visual Team Sytem Edition does include the Team Suite but has  to offer two more products:

The Team Foundation Server is what powers the collaboration aspects of the Visual Studio Team System. When used in conjunction with Visual Studio Team System, Team Foundation Server enable you to effortlessly manage and track the progress and health of your projects.
Some great features of Team Foundation Server are

  • Version Control

  • Work Item Tracking

  • Reporting

  • Build

  • Team Communication

The Team Test Load Agent generates supplemental test load for use with Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers that enables organizations to simulate more users and more accurately test the performance of Web applications and servers

To summarize the above: With Team Suite you install all the roles you find in a software development cycle. With Team System, especially with Team Foundation Server you will connect all those roles and enhance how they work together.

Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 8:19 AM Visual Studio 2005 | Back to top


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Thank you for posting this,
this is very important knowledge.
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