Microsoft acquires InRelease division of InCycle Software

Amidst rumors that Microsoft is prepping for a major management restructuring, the company has revealed it will be getting just a little bit bigger today. It has announced the acquisition of the InRelease division from InCycle Software, which offers application lifecycle management (ALM) services to businesses.

Microsoft's press release states:

InCycle Software’s InRelease Release Management solution was developed using the latest Microsoft technologies and integrated directly with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to provide a mechanism in which application components can be deployed automatically to various target servers in different environments. This also enables all the configuration information to be centralized, managing the deployments as part of a business-driven release workflow that involves multiple roles in the organization.

S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer division, stated that the purchase of InRelease's solution "will automate the development-to-production release process from Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, helping enable faster and simpler delivery of applications.”

The Canadian-based InCycle Software was formed in 2002 and has been a Microsoft Gold partner since 2005. Specific financial terms of this new Microsoft acquisition were not disclosed. However, Microsoft is only buying the InRelease part of the business from InCycle; the rest of InCycle Software is not affected and the company will continue as a separate entity from Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft | Image via InCycle Software

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Can't wait to have the integration in my enterprise.
The best part about Microsoft acquisitions over other vendors is they truly integrate, not just slapping the Oracle logo on top of the company masthead and letting them operate as normal.