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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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This sprint is the smallest service change in a while. It was the last sprint for really wrapping up our TFS 11 on-premises work so most of our effort went into that. I’m expecting that we’ll see a significant increase in new service capabilities over the next couple of months.
So, for the most part, this deployment has a bunch of miscellaneous bug fixes. There’s really one significant change – some navigation restyling and one new feature.
Before 7/16, the service navigation experience looked like this…
About a month ago we launched a new “Welcome” experience to learn about the Team Foundation Service.
You’ll notice some difference. Among them, the welcome experience has color See, we did listen to all that feedback about colorless UI. The navigation section at the top is also styled differently.
We set out this sprint on making some progress on consistency between the experience and addressing some styling aspects we didn’t like. This will be an iterative approach, so as we get more feedback, we’ll continue to refine it. We’ve started with the main nav experience (we haven’t updated the admin experience yet and in some ways, we’ve leap frogged the Welcome experience). The goal is to get some feedback on this and then apply the “good changes” to other areas. So, when you visit your project on Team Foundation Service after 7/16, it will look like this. Some comments…
1) We added some color to the top nav bar. The welcome site will stay purple and the project will be blue. This corresponds to Visual Studio where VS has a purple style when no project is loaded and a blue one when you load a project.
2) We removed the “tab look” and went to a more modern, chromeless look like we did in the welcome site (though we did add an underline to highlight the tab you are on).
3) We reorganized some of the elements, like project drop down, help menu, etc to align a little better with how we see the overall experience evolving.
We’ve also beautified the menus a little bit.
Ultimately style has a big personal taste component to it. We’re certainly interested in any feedback you all have and as I said, we expect to iterate on it a bit. One thing I’ve noticed is that it looks better on IE9 than IE8. There are some subtle differences that we need to do some work to improve.
The other significant thing we did this sprint was to add settings for time zone and account owner.
You can get here by clicking on the little gear in the upper right hand corner of the project UI. Then click on the “Control Panel” element of the bread crumb (upper left hand section).
As always, we’re thrilled to continue to bring ongoing service improvements.