Microsoft has announced they will be splitting their flagship developer toolset into multiple products when Visual Studio 2005, formerly code-named “Whidbey”, is released in the first half of 2005.

The new product editions are part of what Microsoft is calling the Visual Studio 2005 “Team System” and have been aimed at specific developer roles within an organisation. The announcement came as Steve Ballmer kicked off TechEd, Microsoft’s annual conference for IT professionals and developers held in San Diego.

The new product editions are an attempt by Microsoft to incorporate workflow into their existing developer toolset and replace a number of third-party tools that developers may have bought in the past to perform modelling, testing and deployment.

The new editions that will be available with the release of Visual Studio.NET 2005 include:

  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Architect—A set of tools and technologies for application architects that can be used to visually create service-oriented applications, incorporating Whitehorse technology previously announced for inclusion in Visual Studio 2005.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Developer—The core product for developers creating applications, providing static analysis, code profiling and unit testing as well as integrated workflow features.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Test– For testing software applications which provides the ability to perform unit tests, manual tests, Web tests and advanced load testing.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation—Providing the underlying framework for all of the features included in the various other editions, including project management and tracking.

The new Visual Studio editions were only one of a number of new developer technologies announced, with Ballmer also introducing Web Services Enhancements 2.0 (WSE 2.0) an add-on for Visual Studio.NET that provides a way for developers to secure and consume secure web services and the Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework which developers can use to integrate custom applications into Microsoft Office products.