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Microsoft 'builds a branch to Java developers" with Teamprise buy

Microsoft has bought the Teamprise assets from SourceGear LLC for an undisclosed amount, company officials announced on November 9. A Microsoft-branded version of Teamprise is slated for release in late March, 2010 -- the same time Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft has bought the Teamprise assets from SourceGear LLC for an undisclosed amount, company officials announced on November 9.

Teamprise allows developers using the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) running on operating systems including Unix, Linux and Mac OS X to build applications with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. (Team Foundation Server is Microsoft's team-collaboration tool for developers.)

Microsoft plans to release a Microsoft-branded and -updated version of Teamprise that will plug into Visual Studio 2010 on or around the same date that it launches Visual Studio 2010, which is March 22, 2010, officials said.

"We just built a branch to Java developers," said Dave Mendlen, Senior Director of Developer Marketing. "Many customers have developers targeting Java using Eclipse, as well as .Net using Visual Studio. They need a common repository and source-control tool. This is unified through Team Foundation Server" with the Teamprise add-on.

Microsoft is acquiring three Teamprise technologies as part of the arrangement: A plug-in for Eclipse that integrates into the Eclipse IDE; the Teamprise Explorer user interface; and a command-line client. The plug-in supports Eclipse and Eclipse-based  IDEs, such as Rational Application Developer, JBoss, BEA Workshop and Adobe Flex Builder. Microsoft also has hired some of the Teamprise developers as part of the deal, Redmond officials said.

Under terms of the agreement, Teamprise -- a Microsoft partner -- will continue to do sales and support for Teamprise until Microsoft releases the Microsoft-branded version of the product. After that point, existing Teamprise users will be upgraded to the Microsoft-branded product.

New users will be able to buy Team Foundation Server plus Teamprise shipped as a single package. The bundle will be offered as part of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate SKU or at retail for approximately $799.

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