Using Visual SourceSafe - What is VSS?

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Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, also called ‘VSS’, is a file-system-based source control tool from Microsoft. This tool was originally developed by One Tree Software Company and later taken over by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Visual SourceSafe is a file-level version control system that permits many types of organizations to work on several project versions at the same time. This capability is particularly beneficial in a software development environment, where it is used in maintaining parallel code versions. However, the product can also be used to maintain files for any other type of team.

At a minimum, Visual SourceSafe does the following:

  • Helps protect your team from accidental file loss.
  • Allows back-tracking to earlier versions of a file.
  • Supports branching, sharing, merging, and management of file releases.
  • Tracks versions of entire projects.
  • Tracks modular code (one file that is reused, or shared, by multiple projects).

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