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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Build & Load Test pricing changes are in effect

    The changes to the VS Online build and load testing services that I described a few weeks ago are now complete.  This represents a substantial reduction in price for both services. We’ve also removed the 10 user limit of Visual Studio Online Professional subscriptions.  The slider goes up to...
  • Blog Post: Git vulnerability with .git\config

    Today the Git community disclosed an issue in Git that, in the worst case, could allow a developer’s machine to be taken over.  This is an issue that manifests across much of the Git ecosystem and is not unique to Microsoft’s Git implementation or to Windows.  I’ll describe the problem and...
  • Blog Post: A new Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server Features Timeline

    We are always working on ways to communicate more effectively with customers about what we have done, what people like and don’t like, what they want, what we’re planning, etc.  A year or so ago we added a Features Timeline page to our News section of visualstudio.com as one step in that journey...
  • Blog Post: More pricing and licensing changes coming

    Earlier this year, we started a process of reviewing our pricing and licensing for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online .  Our intent was to review all of the customer feedback we’ve received to look for changes that would simplify purchasing and make it more affordable for teams to include...
  • Blog Post: News from Connect();

    This week we had our “Connect();” developer event in New York.  We made a ton of announcements.  You’ll find a bunch on Soma’s blog , the Visual Studio blog , the Visual Studio ALM blog and in the release notes . At the highest level, we announced: Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and TFS 2013.4 (Update 4) Release Candidate

    It’s time!  The Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013.4 and Team Foundation Server 2013.4 is here. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 KB article I’ve written some posts about the CTPs along the way.  But I’ll give a high-level recap of the ALM improvements...
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