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  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) released

    Today we released the final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and Team Foundation Server Update 3. You can get the update using the link below. Note that the link includes both the Visual Studio & TFS downloads (among other things) if you expand the Details section on the page. Download Visual...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming VS Online Licensing Changes

    Through the fall and spring, we transitioned VS Online from Preview to General Availability. That process included changes to branding, the SLA, the announcement of pricing, the end of the early adopter program and more. We’ve been working closely with customers to understand where the friction...
  • Blog Post: TFS Adoption at Microsoft – July 2014

    Years ago, I used to do monthly updates on TFS adoption at Microsoft.  Eventually, the numbers got so astronomical that it just seemed silly so I stopped doing them.  It’s been long enough and there’s some changes happening that I figured it was worth updating you all on where we are. First...
  • Blog Post: TFS Upgrade Improvements in TFS 2013.3

    I’ve talked about this before but something happened today that got me thinking about it again.  One of the necessary components of the rapid release cycle we are on for VS and TFS is an easy and seamless upgrade process.  All through the 2012 Update cycle (.1, .2, .3) we worked on making the...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) RC

    Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 KB article Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC release notes You’ll find a complete list of download links in the release notes. This is a “go-live” release...
  • Blog Post: The effect of Updates

    There was a question on one of our internal aliases today about version to version improvements in our test capabilities.  One of the program managers in that area wrote a response that really caught my eye.  Primarily because it seems like an awesome demonstration of the effectiveness of our...
  • Blog Post: Use of SQL 2014 with TFS 2013

    We’ve certified TFS 2013 (and its subsequent updates) to work with SQL 2014. However, there’s a hitch. Because TFS 2013 shipped before SQL, the license than grants the right to use it with SQL Server only allows SQL Server 2012. Starting July 1st, we will be adding SQL Server 2014 to the...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server on Azure IaaS Guidance

    Over the last year, I’ve run across numerous customers who are looking for cloud benefits but aren’t ready to go to VS Online – for any number of reasons.  I asked the Ranger team to put together some guidance on helping people make this decision and then best practices should the decision be to...
  • Blog Post: The first Visual Studio “14” CTP

    Today we released the first Visual Studio “V.Next” Community Technology Preview.  You can read more about it on Soma’s blog post .  Don’t confuse this with my announcement of the VS 2013 Update 3 CTP that I announced 4 days ago.  We are doing development on the next major version of Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 CTP1 (VS 2013.3.1 if you wish)

    Better late than never, I guess.  Sorry for being so late blogging about this; it’s been a crazy week.  About a week ago we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 – Community Technology Preview 1.  That's a mouthful.  Just a bit of orientation.  This is a VERY...
  • Blog Post: Is Microsoft abandoning TFVC in favor of Git?

    No. This is an example of the power of social media.  I had planned to ignore it but I’ve had enough requests for “official confirmation” that I guess I have to say something :). Last week someone tweeted “Microsoft phasing out the TFS version control repository and moving to Git . Unofficially...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server Release Notes

    For well over a year now, we’ve been posting release notes for Visual Studio Online roughly every 3 weeks describing the enhancements we deploy each sprint.  In our last redesign of the visualstudio.com site, we added a similar news feed for the on-premises products but haven’t updated it very often...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) Released

    And VS 2013.2 RC released… OK, this is weird, I admit, so I’ll explain. Today we officially released the final version of TFS 2013 Update 2 and we released a Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. It’s weird that we RTMed TFS Update to but only RCed VS Update 2. We generally...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.2 CTP 2 available

    Last week we released the next CTP for VS 2013.2 and TFS 2013.2 (aka Update 2).  Unfortunately, I was unable to find the time to blog about it because I was in Europe speaking at a conference and visiting customers.  So, I’m correcting the error now Download the CTP Read the KB article For...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 1 available

    You can download Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 1 (version 12.0.1) from the Download Center or install the TFS plug-in for Eclipse from directly within your Eclipse IDE (update site URL: http://dl.microsoft.com/eclipse/tfs ). Improvements in Update 1 include… Build support for Java...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) CTP Released

    Today, fast on the heels of Update 1 , we released the first CTP of VS/TFS 2013 Update 2. Although Update 1 was a pretty small release, Update 2 is much larger. This CTP is *not* feature complete and it is *not* “go-live”. It is an opportunity for you to get a peek at some of the things we...
  • Blog Post: SCOM Management Pack for TFS 2013 Available

    OK, that took much longer than it should have – way too much red tape for this, unfortunately, but the management pack for TFS 2013 is now available.  I’ve been getting emails, blog comments and other forms of queries for months asking about it and it’s finally here.  You can download it here...
  • Blog Post: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Development Lifecycle Management

    Now say that 3 times fast Gartner recently released their 2013 report on ADLM.  I’m very pleased to see that, once again, they’ve placed us in the leaders quadrant.  And this placement doesn’t even consider the new capabilities we delivered in 2013 – it’s based on the 2012 wave of products...
  • Blog Post: Load Testing VSOnline/TFS

    Ed Glas, Bill Barnett and Jiange Sun published a detailed write up of their experiences load testing VSOnline/TFS.  It’s a good read because they go into a lot of the reasons for the things they do and also talk about things they’ve tried that didn’t work.  They’ve now moved almost all of their...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Demo VM available

    Brian Keller has released the RTM version of his incredibly useful demo VM.  He loads just about everything you could want to demo onto it and makes it easy to see how anything in VS or TFS works. Read more: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2013/08/02/visual-studio-2013-application-lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: SmartOffice4TFS

    A couple of weeks ago one of our great partners, eDev Technologies (makers of InteGREAT – an excellent formal requirements management tool for TFS), released a new set of tools called SmartOffice4TFS.  Whereas InteGREAT is a pretty comprehensive requirements suite, SmartOffice4TFS is intended for...
  • Blog Post: Launching Visual Studio 2013

    Today, I am in New York at the launch of Visual Studio 2013 speaking with a local audience and broadcasting around the world.  In many ways it’s a celebration of the blood, sweat and tears we put into VS 2013.  At the same time, it’s a bit anti-climactic because VS 2013 has been in preview...
  • Blog Post: TFS Git support for Continuous Delivery to Azure Web Sites and Services

    A little over a year ago we unveiled a continuous delivery feature for TFS –> Azure, allowing you to configure the TFS build pipeline to automatically deploy to running Azure applications.  In the intervening time, we added Git support to TFS but getting Git integrated into all of our scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 is Available

    Among the deluge of Visual Studio 2013 releases in October, we shipped the 2013 release of Team Explorer Everywhere – updating the experience for team members working in Eclipse and/or on non-Windows environments.  Team Explorer Everywhere includes an Eclipse plug-in, a cross-platform command line...
  • Blog Post: Team Rooms in Visual Studio

    In TFS 2013, we introduced a new feature called “Team Rooms” that keep a record of things that happen in your team – checkins, work item updates, build failures, code reviews, etc.  And you can have conversations about the activity directly in the team room.  This keeps a durable record of...
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