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  • Blog Post: VS Online/TFS Feature timeline – the UserVoice version

    As a follow up to my post yesterday on the Feature timeline refresh , I took a few minutes this morning to walk through our UserVoice site and summarize how the work we are planning over the next several months relates.  This is a different granularity cut (because it’s based on UV suggestions)...
  • Blog Post: Features timeline refresh

    With the TFS 2015 release behind us and a lot of planning for our next phase of work completed, it’s time to do a major refresh of our Visual Studio Online Features Timeline .  If you aren’t familiar with this page, I encourage you to check it out.  It not only gives you a peek ahead to things...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2015 Installation guidance

    At least once or twice a week, I’m getting questions about where the TFS 2015 installation guidance is.  We’re not doing well with search engines on that apparently.  We’re going to see if we can do better but, in the mean time, here’s the link just in case you stumble across my blog :) Installing...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2015 Power Tools are available

    Today we released the TFS 2015 Power Tools that accompany VS 2015 and TFS 2015.  The landing page that link points to includes lots of info about compatibility, changes, etc. Sorry it took a bit longer to get these out than we expected. Brian
  • Blog Post: SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS available for Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscribers

    Managing requirements is an incredibly important part of the software development process for everyone.  Different teams approach the problem very differently – from very lightweight/informal ways to very formal and documented ways.  The needs of your business and the culture of your organization...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2015 Final Release

    Today we released the final version of Team Foundation Server 2015. TFS 2015 is a major step forward, with tons of improvements throughout the development process but with special emphasis on DevOps capabilities. TFS 2015 Trial Download TFS 2015 Express Download TFS 2015 Release notes ...
  • Blog Post: Included CALs and Tiered Pricing

    I have to say that when I wrote my post last week on TFS and VSO related licensing and packaging changes, I didn’t think I’d be writing another one quite so soon. But I found out that we’re disclosing the next set of changes this week to help people plan, even though they don’t...
  • Blog Post: Self forming teams at scale

    I want to share with you all a strange thing that we do.  It’s unorthodox but has been very successful for us. Teams change.  People come.  People go.  People move around.  Reorgs happen.  This is a fact of life, particularly in any large organization, and something managers...
  • Blog Post: Licensing and packaging changes for TFS 2015

    Over the past year, we have been working to simplify licensing for Team Foundation Server and make things as straight forward as possible for customers to adopt it. This has included changes like the introduction of the Stakeholder plan for broad access to work items within the organization, simplifications...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 Released

    Today, we released Visual Studio 2015 , .NET 4.6, Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5 .  As I announced in a post a few weeks ago, Team Foundation Server 2015 is going to take just a bit longer (more on this in a minute), but you can get RC2 now if you like and it...
  • Blog Post: Update on Team Foundation Server RC2

    I wrote a post about a week ago announcing TFS 2015 RC2 . Today, we released downloads for the rest of the languages, along with release notes. All the information in my previous post is still accurate and the links all point to the updated downloads. Brian
  • Blog Post: TFS 2015 Compatibility

    As the release of TFS 2015 has approached, I’ve gotten a lot of compatibility questions.  We were a little slow documenting the story but we have it now: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/TFS/administer/requirements The short story is the TFS 2015 compat matrix is about the same at...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2015 RC2 available

    Today we released Release Candidate 2 of Team Foundation Server 2015.  I believe this release is VERY close to the final bits we will ship.  I’d encourage people to try out upgrades on production backups, pre-production environments and, production environments.  We will support you regardless...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 RTM

    We have released Team Explorer Everywhere 2015. It’s available on the Download Center and on the Eclipse Marketplace. Soma announced that VS 2015 will release on July 20th so stay tuned. This isn’t a particularly big release but it has some very welcome enhancements: Support for...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server and VS Online adoption at Microsoft

    Someone asked me in a blog comment recently to post an update on internal adoption – the last one was almost a year ago.  I’m going to keep it reasonably short. The best summary is adoption continues to grow.  TFS on-prem is growing slowly because it’s already huge.  VS Online usage is...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server at Build 2015

    It’s conference season – //Build/ is this week and Ignite is next week. As you might expect, we have a TON of stuff to share so I’ll get right to it. Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2015 Release Candidate This week released the release candidates for both VS 2015 and...
  • Blog Post: First TFS 2015 RC production upgrade I know of

    I got the first customer report of a production upgrade to the TFS 2015 release candidate today.  Understand, we haven’t released it yet but we gave an early copy to our MVPs to give us final feedback on.  One of our MVPs reported that he upgraded a customer with a 9GB team project collection...
  • Blog Post: Team Project Rename available on VS Online

    Today we enabled Team Project rename on all VS Online accounts.  Team Project rename is our #1 User Voice request, by far and the longest standing customer complaint. 6,156 votes and 178 comments later, it’s here (both on VSO – today and in the TFS 2015 RC – available shortly).  I know it’s...
  • Blog Post: TFVC & Git support

    I got a question on a blog post about differences in TFVC and Git support in TFS and VS Online.  Here’s a link to the question for context: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2015/03/12/the-future-of-team-foundation-version-control.aspx#10608301 I can’t answer in a comment with reasonable formatting...
  • Blog Post: Ever want to create bugs from email?

    Someone recently posted an open source copy of a popular internal tool called Mail2Bug. https://github.com/microsoft/mail2bug It will automatically create bugs from an email and then keep the bug up to date with any further conversation that happens on the email thread. It works for both VS Online...
  • Blog Post: The future of Team Foundation Version control

    I've written about this before but it keeps coming back. From time to time I get the question "Is TFVC dead?" I guess I have to just keep answering it. No, it is not. We added support for Git in TFS 2013 so that we'd support the best centralized version control system and the best dvcs in the industry...
  • Blog Post: VS 2015 CTP6 and TFS 2015 CTP1 shipped today

    Today we shipped Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 and TFS 2015 CTP1. You can download both here: Download Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 and Team Foundation Server 2015 CTP You can also read the release notes to learn more about them: Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 Team Foundation Server 2015 CTP Please...
  • Blog Post: Code Search on VS Online

    In November, at our Connect(); event, I gave a sneak peek at a few features/services coming to VS Online, and ultimately Team Foundation Server. Among the things I demoed was a new source code search feature. I’m happy to say that the next step in that journey is upon us. Today, we announced a...
  • Blog Post: Licensing changes - User acceptance testing and Agile planning

    This is next in a series of licensing and feature changes that I laid out in December. With this, I think all of the cloud changes (and more) that I described have been made. Some of the on-prem changes will be available as we release more on-prem updates. User acceptance testing As of this week...
  • Blog Post: Hiring for VS Online and Team Foundation Server

    Microsoft has an extensive recruiting effort. But we recently decided to try something new to try to find more people who might want to help build VS Online and Team Foundation Server. We added a Jobs page to visualstudio.com. It has a little info on what we do and links to job postings on the Microsoft...
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