Microsoft made the third beta of Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server available on the MSDN subscriber download center late last week.
With this release, Microsoft remains on track for a release to market, or RTM, in the first quarter of 2006, Rick LaPlante, general manager of Visual Studio 2005 Team System, wrote in his blog. "Releasing a high quality, feature complete TFS Beta 3 was a critical step in being ready for Q1 and we still feel good about that commitment," LaPlante wrote.
TFS Beta 3 won't be the final release before RTM. When SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 come out Nov. 7, Microsoft will release a TFS Beta 3 Refresh, which will synchronize Team Foundation Server with the new SQL Server and Visual Studio. This will also be available from the MSDN subscriber download center.
Developers wishing to deploy TFS Beta 3 should know a few things, LaPlante said.
For starters, the release is based on the September SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Preview that was distributed to attendees of this month's Professional Developers Conference.
In addition, TFS Beta 3 works only with Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate 1, which Microsoft made available to MSDN subscribers and PDC attendees.
Finally, both TFS Beta 3 and the Refresh include a Go-Live license, which Microsoft encourages people to use. However, this license won't apply to the general release, so users will have to purchase licenses for the RTM version of the server, LaPlante said.