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  • Blog Post: What are “Off-times”?

    I got called out in email, I think reasonably appropriately, for using the term “off-times” when referring to choosing a better time to do our sprintly upgrades.  In a 24x7 continuous service world, there really is no such thing as a “good” time to have a problem.  I’ve written in the past...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Dec 11

    Today we did our last deployment of 2013 (Sprint 57).  You can read about it here: http://visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2013-dec-11-vso Our next deployment would normally fall very close to the Christmas holiday and to avoid that, we’ll be skipping the Sprint 58 deployment and just rolling all of...
  • 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: Another Application Insights invitation code

    Well, the last one was exhausted in a few hours.  It’s great to see there are plenty of people who want to take an early peek.  Here’s another one to unblock the next group of people… VSInsights3413009183 Brian
  • Blog Post: Application Insights invitation

    In the launch keynote on Wed, I announced, and Nicole demoed a new service on VS Online called Application Insights . I also announced that it is in “limited preview” – meaning it’s an invitation only service for now. It’s early and we want to grow it slowly so that we...
  • 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: Listen to your service – it is talking to you

    We had a nasty enough service incident on Friday that I can’t let it pass without commenting on it.  If you follow my blog or the service, then you know we were doing a deployment on Friday.  The natural assumption, both inside and outside Microsoft, was that it was caused by the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – Nov 8

    Because of the big launch we’re doing next week, we updated TFService with the sprint 56 deployment a little early.  We deployed a couple of nice improvements today – making our charting feature easier to share and improving our load testing service.  You can read more about the changes in...
  • 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: Team Foundation Service Update – Oct 21

    If you check out the news post yesterday, you’ll see that the big change in this sprint’s deployment was to the project and account home pages.  Quite honestly the account home page was mostly useless and not very visually appealing.  One of the big things we focused on with these updates was...
  • Blog Post: Brian Keller’s 5 reasons for Team Foundation Service

    Brian created a great little video on why he likes Team Foundation Service.  I figured I’d share it… http://vimeo.com/microsoftvisualstudio/review/74686407/42c694668d Brian
  • Blog Post: How do you measure quality of a service?

    Since we started down the path of building an online service a couple of years ago, I have learned a lot.  One of the things I’ve learned a lot about is measuring the health of a service.  I don’t pretend to have the only solution to the problem so I’m happy to have anyone with a differing...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – Sept 30

    Today we deployed our sprint 54 release.  All of the “new” stuff you’ll find in this sprint are refinements of existing features: A color picker for customizing chart colors (it was actually built by one of our summer interns ) Column customization of the recent test case bulk edit feature Editor...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – Sept 9

    Today we deployed our sprint 53 work to Team Foundation Service and posted the release notes about the changes.  When I wrote last sprint’s release notes , I alluded to “one more nice big new feature”.  While “big” is in the eye of the beholder, I forgot there are actually 2 “big” new features...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – Aug 19

    Today we are deploying the results of our Sprint 52 work. I wrote the release notes this sprint and you can check them out on the news page, so I’ll keep that short. Right now, our focus is on wrapping up all our TFS 2013 feature work – incorporating feedback, fixing the last set of bugs...
  • Blog Post: One year of news!

    It wasn’t until after I posted my “news” post this morning and I was perusing our news site that I realized that the first news post was almost exactly 1 year ago on August 6th 2012.  These are precisely the kinds of things that sneak up on you unawares.  Who could have guessed that we’ve been...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – July 29

    Today we are deploying our sprint 51 build. You will soon be able to read the release notes here . Today’s deployment is what I’d like a lot of deployments to be like – nothing particularly big but a bunch of nice improvements. Probably the biggest thing is the next installment on my...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – July 9

    Last week we completed sprint 50 and, today, the changes went live on the service.  You can read more of the details of what’s new on the service news feed. One of the things I’ve had to get used to with a service is the notion of publishing features that aren’t nearly finished.  In all my...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – June 19

    Today we updated the service with our sprint 49 work.  You can read the details of the significant improvements on the news blog .  In the grand scheme of things, it’s a comparatively small update.  We released so much on Jun 3rd for TechEd, there’s just not a lot of new stuff to show...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – May 28

    Sorry for being a little late with this but I’ve been traveling this week and it’s thrown me off.  On Tues May 28th, we deployed our Sprint 48 build to Team Foundation Service.  It was quite gratifying to see the deployment go incredibly smoothly given that the last few sprints have been a...
  • Blog Post: Support on Team Foundation Service

    Update: Um, egg on face.  When I first posted this, it ended up having the email thread with the customer attached.  I updated it to remove it as quickly as possible but I sincerely apologize. I got an email from a customer a couple of days ago asking about issues he was having with Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Sprint 45 service issues

    If you are a regular user of our Team Foundation Service - particularly during peak times, you've probably noticed that it hasn't been running as seamlessly as usual. Our recent issues started with our sprint 45 deployment that I wrote about here and foreshadowed here . In this post I want to give you...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update–Mar 22

    Today, we released the results of Sprint 45 on Team Foundation Service.  You can check out the release notes to learn more about today’s release.  There were 2 basic areas of new capabilities on the service: Git Branch insights and Web based test execution UI.  Both are nice improvements...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Update – Mar 4

    Sprint 44 is done and has now been deployed to the service .  You can read the release notes on the Team Foundation Service Portal to learn more about what’s in it.  Maybe the biggest news is that the customizable swim lanes for kanban are live on the service now.  Over all though, it...
  • Blog Post: Bad day

    Clearly yesterday was a bad day.  Team Foundation Service was mostly down for approximately 9 hours.  The underlying issue was an expired SSL certificate in Windows Azure storage.  We use HTTPS to access Windows Azure storage, where we store source code files, Git repos, work item attachments...
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