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Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server. Learn more about Brian.
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Let me put this in context. When Microsoft first acquired DevBiz, we provided v1.0 of TeamPlain for download. Based on customer demand, we uploaded a preview of TeamPlain 2.0. Neither were supported by Microsoft customer support but both were available for download by all Team Foundation Server licensed users.
With our release today of the Team System Web Access Power Tool, several things have changed. This new version is based on the TeamPlain 2.0 code base but a great deal of work has gone into it since March. Although, it is still not yet an officially released Microsoft product it has taken some great strides, including:
Of course, it also includes most of the features originally on the TeamPlain 2.0 feature list, including:
Work Item Tracking
There is a new "Build" tab in this release, allowing to manage team builds.
I believe you will find this to be a fantastic release of the web access tool. Please give it a try. If you've already installed a previous version, you will need to uninstall it and install this version.
As I mentioned above, this is still not an official Microsoft released product, however for most practical purposes, it is close.
I hope you will find these constraints acceptable. We plan on releasing updates periodically and expect to have a "final" release in the Orcas timeframe. This "final" release should eliminate most of the exceptions listed above.