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  • Blog Post: P&P Paper on Continuous Delivery with VS 2012

    The Patterns & Practices team has just published a document on best practices for implementing Continuous Delivery using VS & TFS 2012.  It’s a great overview of how to think about the problem and how to implement it.  Check it out… http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj159345 Brian
  • Blog Post: Spring is over

    OK, so maybe I didn’t need to tell you that.  Or maybe, you observe that it isn’t quite true because summer officially starts in about a week.  But then that’s not really what I mean. I’ve written little tidbits about our transition from an organization shipping a box product every couple of...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Preview is public!

    Since we announced the Team Foundation Service Preview at the BUILD conference last year, we’ve limited the onboarding of new customers by requiring invitation codes to create accounts. The main reason for this has been to control the growth of the service to make sure it didn’t run away...
  • Blog Post: TeamDevCentral and hosted Lab Management

    A couple of years ago, we partnered with TeamDevCentral to set up one of the first hosted Team Foundation Server clouds. It was the very beginning of our thinking on what a cloud based ALM solution might look like. Since then Rational eyes, the company behind TeamDevCentral has continued to chart new...
  • Blog Post: TMap for TFS Windows Phone 7 App available in the marketplace

    Clemens Reijnen recently blogged about a new Windows Phone app for working with TFS and the TMap testing methodology.  Read more about it on Clemens’ blog here: http://www.clemensreijnen.nl/post/2012/05/11/TMap-for-TFS-Windows-Phone-7-App-available-in-the-marketplace.aspx Brian
  • Blog Post: A Team Foundation Service Invitation Code

    I've seen a spike in requests for invitation codes following our announcement of the new TFS/Azure Continuous Delivery work at Azure Day this week. I figured, I'd put out another multi-use invitation code just to minimize the wait for additional people who have learned about it and want to try it out...
  • Blog Post: Update for VS 2008 and TFS 11

    We’ve finally gotten to shipping an update to VS 2008 SP1 to fully support TFS 11 – including the the hosted service http://www.tfspreview.com .  VS 11 has supported it from the beginning, of course.  We’ve released updates for VS 2010 SP1 along the way.  And now we have an update for...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading the DevDiv dogfood server to TFS 11

    I've mentioned in a couple of posts recently how busy it's been around here lately. One of the many things keeping us busy over the past several weeks has been upgrading the main Developer Division Team Foundation Server to TFS 11. We've been using TFS in production on smaller servers (for example the...
  • Blog Post: More on yesterday's Azure announcements

    Here's a link to some "chalk talk" video's on yesterday's Azure announcements. Among them is a video from our very own Aaron Bjork on the TFS integration that we've done. Check it out for a more colorful explanation than yesterday's blog post :) http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/DigitalChalkTalks ...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Continuous Deployment to Azure with Team Foundation Service

    I mentioned earlier this week in my sprint 31 deployment post that we were working on some bigger things I wasn’t ready to talk about yet.  Well, this is one of them…. As development organizations are trying to improve the cycle times on their development process – getting ideas through development...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Services Updates 6/4

    We’ve just finished sprint 31 and today we deployed it to the service. In all, it a modest set of things but some nice improvements. We’re now starting to get to the point that new things showing up on the service are ahead of what we have in the on premises product. Some of this will show...
  • Blog Post: TFS Power Tools for the RC

    We won't be releasing a new build of the Power Tools with the Release Candidate. The Beta Power Tools that are available will work with the RC build. The next time we'll update the Power Tools will be along with the final release. Please let us know if you find any problems. Brian
  • Blog Post: A Community for Storyboard Shapes

    A while ago, I wrote a post about the importance of feedback in the software development process.  In that post I introduced a new storyboarding tool that we’ve built as part of the VS 11 wave of products that enables you to collect feedback on your designs before you write a line of code. ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio/TFS 2012 Release Candidate Available Today

    Today we released the Release Candidate for VS, TFS and .NET (and, of course, Windows also released their RC). You can learn more about it and download using the following links: Visual Studio Product website Eclipse update site for the latest Team Explorer Everywhere preview or the download...
  • Blog Post: Formal Requirements with TFS and InteGREAT

    Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent a fair amount of time our visiting with customers and potential customers.  Much of it was spent talking about the new stuff coming with TFS/VS 11.  One question that came up at probably 1/3rd of customers I visited is how to do formal requirements with...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere in the Eclipse Marketplace

    Several weeks ago, I announced that we’d be removing the price on the Team Foundation Server Eclipse plug-in. One of the benefits of this change (aside from begin cheaper ) is that it’s easier to keep your plug-in up to date because we can use the standard Eclipse update mechanisms. Team...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Updates – 5/15

    **UPDATED 5/15 @9:21EDT** Drag and drop of tiles has been enabled now for a few hours and I just updated the "Improved logout section" with a screenshot. It’s that time again. Our next sprint is complete and today we’ve updated hosting service with new bits. In general, the list of new...
  • Blog Post: Update on building Win phone projects on the build service

    It doesn't work right now because the Phone tools SDK isn't installed on our build agent images. We've been talking with the phone tools team about this. The blocker that we have is that the Phone tools SDK can't be installed on a server edition of the OS (it's blocked). Add to that the fact that you...
  • Blog Post: TFSPreview update

    Last week we rolled out an update to TFSPreview .  The majority of it was underlying plumbing changes to improve operations, diagnostics, cost, etc.  As we roll off our TFS 11 work, we’ll see more and more of our effort show up as new service capabilities.  That will mean more improvements...
  • Blog Post: Preemptive Analytics in Visual Studio and TFS 11

    Over the past couple of years there’s been a growing connection between development and operations.  The “old” world where development teams throw applications over the wall at ops is disappearing the same way the world where developers threw applications over the wall at test did.  Whether...
  • Blog Post: TFS 11 Power Tools Beta Available

    About a week ago, we shipped a Beta the first version of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools that work with VS 11 and are optimized to work with TFS 11. This will be a bit shorter than a full announcement post because it’s a Beta and it’s not complete yet. I’ll do a comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a Build Service for Team Foundation Service

    Today in my VS Live keynote, I announced and demonstrated a new cloud based build service for our Team Foundation Service on Azure . From the beginning with tfspreview, you’ve been able to do builds, but – you had to install, manage, patch, etc the build machines yourself. With this new service...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your TFS 2010 up to date as of March 2012

    **UPDATE** It looks like Grant Holliday wrote a nice post that covers more than mine does. It's not quite as up to date with the Compat GDR but it's good reading too: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/granth/archive/2012/01/03/tfs-2010-what-service-packs-and-hotfixes-should-i-install.aspx We've been releasing...
  • Blog Post: VS ALM Rangers Beta Content

    Along with the VS/.NET/TFS Beta, the Visual Studio Rangers created a whole bunch of new readiness content to help you be successful with the next generation of our tools.  Real on their blog for more details: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/02/29/welcome-to-visual-studio-11...
  • Blog Post: Even Better Access to Team Foundation Server

    About 2 years ago, we first introduced Team Explorer Everywhere.  In doing that we enabled diverse teams to work closely together regardless of platform or technology stack.  We provided organizations a substantially improved ability to manage all of their projects and get consistent visibility...
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