Microsoft has announced that a new skew of Visual Studio is being
created for the 2005 version. This is Visual Studio 2005 Team
System. This is not just a tool for developers, but rather an
integrated solution for development. It incorporates the
tools for architects, testers, developers, and more. It
includes new control for tracking and versioning code and
tasks (not just an update of Source Safe), testing tools
with policies, architecting tools, designing tools
(whitehorse), and more. In this skew, Visual Studio is actually
more of a platform than just a tool.
I wrote a brief article on this that should be on CodeGuru.
My article barely scratches the surface. In fact, the key to
the article is the image that shows all the pieces within this
product. Additionally, if you can get your hands on a copy
of the Visual Studio 2005 Community Technical Preview, you
will find some of the client tools for VSTS are included.