Microsoft embraces OS X, Linux and Unix developers

Typically when developers think of Microsoft development, Visual Studio, the .NET Framework and Visual C++ come to mind. Rarely is Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX or Eclipse a thought. However, over the past year Microsoft has embraced these OS’s and the Eclipse IDE with a new product called Team Explorer Everywhere. Team Explorer Everywhere 2010, or TEE, is a new Microsoft product that came out of the Teamprise acquisition that occurred in November, 2009. TEE makes it possible for developers using non-Microsoft OS’s and IDE’s to collaborate and take advantage of the great application lifecycle management tooling provided by Team Foundation Server.

Now, as a Java developer running Eclipse on OS X, you can make use of TFS just like the .NET developers using Visual Studio. You can manage projects, tasks , version control and builds using Ant and Maven. Even if your development is split between technology stacks like Microsoft, Unix and Java, you can now collaborate, share assets and get a combined view of the project across the teams who were previously disconnected.

Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 provides:

You can get more information about Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 at

Whether you are new to TEE or have been using since it was Teamprise, this week you will have the rare opportunity to meet and hear from Ed Thomson, one of the engineers who created the product.

Ed will be touring the Midwest and presenting:

Collaborate Across Platforms without Compromise
Save time and add value to your development team process

During his talk, he’ll examine how the non-windows platform support provided through Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 enables development teams to easily collaborate across platforms. It provides the tools and plug-ins you need to access Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 from within Eclipse-based environments, so everyone can work together to achieve business goals.

Key Discussion Points:

  • The current state of Team Foundation Server tools for non-windows development
  • Feature parity of Eclipse and Team Foundation Server
  • Discussions on the direction of Team Explorer Everywhere
  • Eclipse and tools for TFS for non .NET developers

Speaker Bio

Edward Thomson is a software development engineer for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere on the Team Foundation Server team. He develops the Team Foundation Server plug-in for Eclipse to provide Java developers and cross-platform users first-class access to the integrated Application Lifecycle Management functionality of TFS. Before joining Microsoft, Edward spent a decade developing version control and work item tracking tools for the Microsoft platform as well as for cross-platform users.

Ed will be visiting the following cities and they are filling up fast. If you want to hear from the Microsoft product team about cross-platform development using TFS, you should register now.

Austin, TX
Monday, April 4th @ 11:30AM to 1PM
TFS Austin User Group

Chicago, IL
Thursday, April 7th @ 2PM to 4:30PM

Thursday, April 7th @ 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Chicago ALM User Group

Milwaukee, WI
Friday, April 8th @ 9AM to 11:30AM