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About a week ago, we shipped a Beta the first version of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools that work with VS 11 and are optimized to work with TFS 11. This will be a bit shorter than a full announcement post because it’s a Beta and it’s not complete yet. I’ll do a comprehensive post when we get closer to a final build.
This Power Tools release is designed to work with a VS 11 client (they’ll actually work with Team Explorer 11 too) but you won’t get the VS integration in a VS 2010 or earlier client. If you want that integration, you need to install the 2010, 2008, etc Power Tools – they’ll run side by side. As a general rule, the Power Tools will work with any version of the server, however, some specific features require specific server versions. I’ll comment on some of those here.
Our goal with this Beta was to get the most critical Power Tools up and running with VS 11/TFS 11. We’ve also removed some of the Power Tools that have now been integrated into the product and changed the implementation of a few to take better advantage of new server features. We haven’t added any new Power Tools at this point.
The features included in this release are:
There are some known issues:
The list of Power Tools that have now been removed due to having been included in the product include:
We’d appreciate you giving them a try and letting us know about any issues you find.