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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Running a high scale TFS server

    Grant Holliday, recently wrote a post on managing TFS servers.   Grant has a colorful history.  I first met him when he joined the Team Foundation Server MVP program.  He was so knowledgeable and helpful that I eventually offered him a position on my team to help us manage internal adoption...
  • Blog Post: VS 2012.4 and TFS 2012.4 RC 4 is available

    Yesterday we released the final release candidate for Update 4 for VS 2012 and TFS 2012. Download Center KB Article We’re on track to release the final versions in a month or so.  I encourage you to try them out and let us know if there are any last minute issues we need to fix.  One thing...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2013 Power Tools are available

    I apologize for the long wait.  But, the TFS 2013 Power Tools are finally available.  There’s no new features in this release but there are a fair number of bug fixes and the Power Tools have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013.  Also, the version checking has been changed...
  • Blog Post: What is a Product Owner?

    Adam Cogan, one of our TFS MVPs, had his company put together a short animated video on the role of the product owner. I thought it was pretty cool so I figured I’d share it. It’s only a few minutes. It’s worth checking out… http://tv.ssw.com/what-is-a-product-owner ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 tools for Git (0.9.5.0) are available

    Today we released an update to our Visual Studio 2012 tools for Git .  We’ve been iterating on these since the first release in February and each release gets more complete, easier to use and better performance.  Of course that same tooling (though it’s a bit older release than 0.9.5.0) is...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio a leader in software quality suites

    Visual Studio has always been a great tool for developers.  In 2010, as we continued to expand the breadth of our Application Lifecycle Management suite, we made our first foray into tooling specifically for testers with Visual Studio Test Professional.  Thus started a journey to really incorporate...
  • Blog Post: REST API for Team Rooms

    I had someone ask about this so I decided to go ahead and post something.  Below is the contents of a Word doc that describes our REST API for working with Team Rooms.  It should work both on Team Foundation Service and on a public preview of TFS 2013.  Please let me know if you have any...
  • Blog Post: InRelease Acquisition is complete

    At TechEd, in early June, I announced our agreement to acquire InRelease – a release management product built specifically for Team Foundation Server by InCycle Software.  Since then, we’ve received tons of requests for more information, demos, etc.  Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to point...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2012 Update available

    During the excitement of the releases last week is that we also shipped a new version of Team Explorer Everywhere – our Eclipse and Cross-Platform client for Team Foundation Server.  This is officially part of the TFS 2012 wave of products, meaning that it’s equivalent to Team Explorer Everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise grade Git

    In my Visual Studio 2013 post from TechEd a couple of weeks ago, I made a very innocuous comment about including Git support in our TFS 2013 preview that will ship next week (at the Build conference).  I wanted to take a few minutes to expand upon it. We first introduced Git support as a VS 2012...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013

    Hold on to your seat, this is going to be a long one… Today at TechEd, I announced Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 and many of the Application Lifecycle Management features that they include. Today, we enabled some of those features on Team Foundation Service for you to try out immediately...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012.3 RC2 available

    We are getting close to shipping Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012.3 (Update 3).  This week we shipped Release Candidate 2 (RC2).  We’re down to fixing just the last few bugs and if you are thinking up upgrading to Update 3, now would be a good time to give it a try and let us know...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – May 13

    Yesterday, we deployed an update to Team Foundation Service.  You can read the release notes to see the improvements.  The improvements aren’t major but there’s a few nice things – Some updates to UI styling with a greater use of color, some navigation improvements that include the ability...
  • Blog Post: Some thoughts on a comment about VS 2012.3

    Yesterday, I got a thoughtful comment from Dean on my post about Update 3.  I sat down to write a response this morning and it turned into a but of a novel (in fact, the blog says it’s too long to post as a comment ).  So I’ve turned it into a post.  Here was Dean’s comment: Brian, I looked...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2012.2 Power Tools update available

    Yesterday we released our update to the TFS 2012 Power Tools to work with VS/TFS 2012.2 (Update 2). TFS 2012 Power Tools TFS 2012 Build extensions MSSCCI provider (32 bit) MSSCCI provider (64 bit) Yes, I see the irony in announcing this the day after announcing the first “go-live” Update 3 CTP  ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012.3 (Update 3) “go-live” CTP is now available

    I know it seems like 2012.2 just released (at least it does to me) but we’re already well into our schedule for 2012.3. Today, we released the updates for both Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. This is the first “go-live” release in the 2012.3 line of CTPs – this means...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2012 Update 2

    I missed announcing the availability of Team Explorer Everywhere Update 2.  We released the update the first week of April.  You can get it either by: Downloading it from our download page or If you use our Eclipse Update site ( http://dl.microsoft.com/eclipse/tfs ), using Help –> Check...
  • Blog Post: Updated TFS 2010 MSSCCI Provider

    Last week we released an update to the TFS 2010 MSSCCI provider .  The primary motivator for this release was to enable it to work with VS 2005.  This now enables you to connect to TFS 2012 using VS 2005, particularly from Windows XP.  The support for VS 2005 was the only enhancement to...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools for Git Update available

    Yesterday, we released a major update to our Visual Studio Tools for Git.  While still nowhere near done, we feel like we’ve crossed a significant threshold of completeness and usability.  If you’re already using them or have tried them and didn’t feel they were ready, I encourage you to give...
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