April 10, 2012 4:05 PM
by Ed Blankenship
I was reminded by someone that this is huge. It’s something that hasn’t really sunk-in for people following the new release of the Visual Studio family of products. It is a subtle thing that will really help people with adopting Visual Studio “11” without making the rest of the team adopt it -- even while it is in Beta & RC. Because we now have “round-tripping” of Visual Studio solutions & projects, we no longer need to “upgrade” a vast majority of the VS project types when you open a solution in Visual Studio “11.” That means that a few people can install Visual Studio “11” Beta/RC/RTM without interfering with everyone else on the team. It allows for a rolling adoption across teams as each team member is ready which is a key adoption feature for this release.
This is a subtle but huge change in this next release that we need to stress with all development teams. It will help increase the speed at which teams will adopt Visual Studio “11” and future releases.
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Hi! I am Ed Blankenship and a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online, Team Foundation Server, and the Application Lifecycle Management family of tools. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and a former ALM consultant.
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