VSTS stands for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System .
"Visual Studio Team System" represents extended versions of Visual Studio .NET. It includes a set of collaboration and development tools for software development process.
"Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition" is part of all Visual Studio team editions. In addition, the team system editions include several development and collaboration tools. Microsoft has introduced separate editions of Team System for various role members of the team. Each one of the below flavours have specialized tools for the corresponding roles:
1. Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals
2. Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
3. Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
4. Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
5. Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite (Includes all)
According to Microsoft, the definition for Visual Studio Team System is:
Visual Studio 2005 Team System is a productive, integrated, and extensible suite of lifecycle tools that expands the Visual Studio product line to enable greater communication and collaboration among software development teams. With Visual Studio 2005 Team System, organizations can ensure greater predictability and quality early and often throughout the development process. It also includes the Microsoft Solutions Framework, which provides a set of proven software development processes that help organizations deliver enterprise-ready solutions.
Is above definition not clear enough? Don't worry, in the coming chapters we will further explain it and help you understand the Visual Studio Team System.