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  • Blog Post: Creating installers with Visual Studio

    Some years ago we discontinued support for creating installer projects in Visual Studio and directed people to InstallShield for that functionality.  There were a number of reasons for that decision that I won’t detail here.  However, there was vocal feedback from many of our users that they...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server Release Notes

    For well over a year now, we’ve been posting release notes for Visual Studio Online roughly every 3 weeks describing the enhancements we deploy each sprint.  In our last redesign of the visualstudio.com site, we added a similar news feed for the on-premises products but haven’t updated it very often...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) Released

    And VS 2013.2 RC released… OK, this is weird, I admit, so I’ll explain. Today we officially released the final version of TFS 2013 Update 2 and we released a Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. It’s weird that we RTMed TFS Update to but only RCed VS Update 2. We generally...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Mar 18th

      Wow, this post is late.  It’s been a pretty tough month for me personally.  Probably the highlight was an ice storm that hit central North Carolina and crushed us.  My house was without power for 4 days.  The whole area looked like a war zone.  There were trees down everywhere...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.2 CTP 2 available

    Last week we released the next CTP for VS 2013.2 and TFS 2013.2 (aka Update 2).  Unfortunately, I was unable to find the time to blog about it because I was in Europe speaking at a conference and visiting customers.  So, I’m correcting the error now Download the CTP Read the KB article For...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) CTP Released

    Today, fast on the heels of Update 1 , we released the first CTP of VS/TFS 2013 Update 2. Although Update 1 was a pretty small release, Update 2 is much larger. This CTP is *not* feature complete and it is *not* “go-live”. It is an opportunity for you to get a peek at some of the things we...
  • Blog Post: VS 2013.1 (Update 1) is available

    In a previous post on the subject, I explained that this is a pretty small update focused primarily on getting VS 2013 working better with versions of IE prior to IE 10. I also explained that there would be no update to TFS available for Update 1. You can get Update 1 through numerous channels, including...
  • Blog Post: ALM Days 2014 in Dusseldorf

    Sam Guckenheimer and I will be traveling to Germany next month to participate in the German ALM Days event Feb 24 – 26.  We’ll be talking a lot about engineering on a cloud cadence among other things.  If you are interested/able, we’d love to see you there.  Of course, I think, all of...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013.1 RC is Available

    We are doing a pretty quick turn of the crank on VS 2013 Update 1.  Originally we were thinking our first Update would take a little longer but for a variety of reasons (most prominently the feedback about VS supporting versions of IE before IE 10), we decided to do a quick initial Update focused...
  • Blog Post: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Development Lifecycle Management

    Now say that 3 times fast Gartner recently released their 2013 report on ADLM.  I’m very pleased to see that, once again, they’ve placed us in the leaders quadrant.  And this placement doesn’t even consider the new capabilities we delivered in 2013 – it’s based on the 2012 wave of products...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio Surveys

    We are running a couple of surveys on Visual Studio to collect feedback for our next release cycle.  We’d appreciate any feedback you have.  Here are the links to the surveys on the VS blog. Visual Studio 2012 Updates Survey Visual Studio 2013 Survey Thanks, Brian
  • 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: Visual Studio 2012 tools for Git RTM

    We released the first drop of our Visual Studio tools for Git about a year ago as a plugin for VS 2012.  Our ultimate goal was to release them as part of VS 2013 RTM (and we did).  At the same time, we wanted to iterate quickly on VS 2012 because we could get a lot more feedback and because...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RTM Available

    In the wee hours of the morning this morning, we made the final versions of Visual Studio 2013, Team Foundation Server 2013 and .NET 4.51 available.  You can download the trials and related products and MSDN subscribers can download the licensed product from the subscriber portal .  You can...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2012.4 RC 3 Available

    Every few weeks I’ve been posting about new pre-releases for VS/TFS 2012 Update 4.  Yesterday we released another one – RC 3. Important links: Download location KB Article Among other things, the KB article contains a list of fixes in Update 4.  At this point we are starting to get towards...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 & TFS 2013 RC is available

    Today we released the Release Candidate for the VS 2013 suite of products. This is a “go-live” production worthy version and will likely be the last publicly available build before we RTM. I strongly encourage you to try it out and let us know if you find any blocking issues. The clock is...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Windows Azure MSDN Benefit

    We are expanding the Windows Azure MSDN benefit to two additional subscription levels: MSDN Platforms and Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN. MSDN Platforms subscribers will receive a $100 monthly credit, while Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN subscribers will receive a $50 credit per...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2012.4 (Update 4) RC 2 is available

    Three weeks ago I announced that there will, in fact, be a fourth update to VS/TFS 2012.  It’s going to be a very small update – really not much more than key bug fixes.  It’s going to ship sometime toward the end of the year and, between now and then, we will be releasing as series of “Release...
  • Blog Post: Feedback on the refreshed Microsoft Developer Network

    First, thanks for all the feedback , even if some of it is a bit brutal. Sorry for not getting back a bit sooner. I had planned to it Monday but came down with a pretty nasty cold this weekend. However, I’ve been reading all the feedback carefully and digesting it. Let me distill the feedback...
  • Blog Post: The Improved Microsoft Developer Network

    Today we launched the new Microsoft Developer Network site.  As I've mentioned before, my team is responsible for much of the infrastructure and experience for MSDN.  I’m very proud of what we have and at the same time see opportunities for improvement. There are two primary use modes for the...
  • Blog Post: VS 2012.4 (Update 4) will exist!

    Sometime this spring, though for the life of me I can’t find it, I wrote a blog post where I said I thought Update 3 (VS/TFS 2012.3) would be the last update in the VS/TFS 2012 update line.  I often say that nothing that is said about the future is more than a guess with varying levels of confidence...
  • 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...
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