Brian Harry highlighted last week that Microsoft had acquired HockeyApp. What is relevant to me in relation to the Microsoft ALM vision is how this complements the Dev side with more of the Ops side. If you are not familiar with HockeyApp, it is a toolset to manage the lifecycle of released applications. From their website:
The platform for your apps.
The world's best developers rely on HockeyApp to develop the world’s best apps. Distribute beta versions on iOS, Android, Mac OS X, and Windows, collect live crash reports, get feedback from users, recruit new testers, and analyze test coverage.
I have been calling out for a while how Microsoft is different from most ALM/ADLM leaders per Forrester and Gartner, in that it is also focused heavily on the operations side of ALM. This acquisition is yet another building brick for this complete ALM vision which not many vendors have.