Visual SourceSafe

License: $495 per license

Support: Limited and pay per incident

Add'l costs: PC or server;


Visual Source Safe (VSS) is Microsoft's recommended solution for small- to medium-sized development teams. VSS is widely used but doesn't seem to be widely loved. Check-outs and check-ins can be slow. VSS has also been known to corrupt databases and its lack of atomic check-in support exacerbates this problem. Distributed teams would need to purchase third-party software in order to collaborate. There is no true support for branches provided. SourceSafe does have optional concurrent development and file sharing.


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