On Wednesday, August 4th, as part of the VSLive! keynote at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Microsoft announced that
Lab Management will not be sold as a separate product, but instead will be available to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN subscribers. In addition, Microsoft will announce the general availability of Lab Management as “end of August.”
Why does this Change take place? Lab Management enables organizations to use virtual labs to optimize the team development process. The goal is to help customers to manage their entire application lifecycle while achieving higher software quality and ROI. Lab Management is critical in realizing this vision. This change will dramatically reduce the adoption friction for our customers and increase the value of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN. Lab Management in Visual Stud io 2010 effectively democratizes virtual lab management.