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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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Today is a big day of releases and announcements. Two of the big ones are that VS 2010 SP1 and TFS 2010 SP1 have shipped and that the Team Foundation Server Project Server Integration Feature Pack is now available for MSDN subscribers. As of today, both are available on the MSDN download site. On Thursday 3/10, the SP1 builds will become available to non-MSDN subscribers on the Microsoft download sites. I’ll update this post when I have the links.
Here are the public download links now:
SP1 is not a huge service pack by VS 2008 SP1 standards but it’s a very nice one. It has a handful of nice new features (like IIS Express support and support for the Project Server Feature Pack) and hundreds of bug fixes. You can read my Beta post here to get a feel for what’s in SP1.
We’ve put together a list of all of the changes that have gone into SP1 and organized it a little bit in order to help you make sense of it. Later today, you should find them here.
Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a considerable advancement for organizations that want to bridge the collaboration gap between the Project Management Office and software development teams. It enables teams to work together more effectively by:
To learn more about the TFS and Project Server integration capabilities, read my earlier post on the Beta release: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2010/12/07/portfolio-management-tfs-lt-gt-project-server-integration-in-beta.aspx
Improvements since the Beta include:
I don’t generally include bug fixes in the first version of a new feature (because not that many people will even notice that the bug was there in the first place ). However, I thought I’d show a hand full of the more significant improvements since the Beta.
We now have 31 internal projects live on the TFS/Project Server connector and a number of TAP customers/Beta adopters. The feedback has been very positive on both the features and the robustness. As people report significant issues, we’ll fix them quickly and get out updates to make sure it keeps working well for you.
We encourage you to use our TFS and Project Server integration forum to get quick responses to any questions you have. You’ll be able to call our technical support to get help with any production issues you have. If you do call technical support, please let the representative know that you’re using Team Foundation Server.
As always, we love to hear your feedback!