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  • Blog Post: Is Microsoft abandoning TFVC in favor of Git?

    No. This is an example of the power of social media.  I had planned to ignore it but I’ve had enough requests for “official confirmation” that I guess I have to say something :). Last week someone tweeted “Microsoft phasing out the TFS version control repository and moving to Git . Unofficially...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Apr 8th

    You probably didn’t notice that we did our sprint 63 deployment last week.  I didn’t blog about it because there wasn’t much to say.  We announced a whole bunch of new stuff at Build the week before and there wasn’t much new in sprint 63 beyond consolidating on the Build feature set and preparing...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Portal Overview

    Brian Keller did a very nice blog post on how you can use the new Azure portal to create a super cool devops dashboard: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2014/04/10/building-your-dream-devops-dashboard-with-the-new-azure-preview-portal.aspx Brian
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Integration in the Azure portal

    Today, at Build, we unveiled a new Azure Portal experience we are building.  I want to give you some insights into the work that VS Online team is doing to help with it.  I’m not on the Azure team and am no expert on how they’d like to describe to the world, so please take any comments I make...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online “General Availability”

    Today is a monumental day for VS Online.  It’s the culmination of a long journey from a glimmer of an idea to prototype, private preview, limited preview, public preview, “go-live” and now, finally General Availability.  VS Online is ready and open for business. I’ve written a fair amount about...
  • 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: Visual Studio Online Update – Feb 28

    Today we finished the deployment for sprint 61.  You can read the service news to see what’s new.  A lot more new code was deployed than is apparent.  We’re gearing up for some big announcements in April and May – expect to hear more in that timeframe. Overall this deployment went reasonably...
  • Blog Post: VS Online early adopter program extended to May 7, 2014

    I know this is the second time I am doing this but I believe it is the last. For a refresher for those who don’t remember what the early adopter program is, let me explain. We released the public preview of VS Online in November. At that time, we introduced our business terms, in a preview form...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Feb 10

    Yesterday, we completed our sprint 60 deployment.  With it comes two new features: Exporting test plans as HTML documents and a permission to control who can create new work item tags.  You can read more about the new features on the service release notes here: http://www.visualstudio.com/news...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights Visual Studio Add-in preview

    In the fall, we introduced a preview of a new VS Online service called “Application Insights” that enables you to instrument your app to ensure that it is available, performing and successful.  It combines APM capabilities with usage analysis, aimed at developers to help them create the best possible...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Jan 22

    Today, our sprint 59 deployment to VS Online went live. There’s several new features and improvements that have been highly requested. All of the significant ones are in the general area of work management. Since we introduced tagging as a lightweight work item “customization” approach...
  • Blog Post: Load Testing Webinar

    On Thursday, Jan 23rd, Chuck Sterling and Manas Maheshwari will be presenting a Webinar on using VS Ultimate along with VS Online to get started with load testing quickly and easily. You can register to attend here . I honestly can’t imagine how anyone could consider shipping any web site or...
  • 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: 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: A Rough Patch

    Either I’m going to get increasingly good at apologizing to fewer and fewer people or we’re going to get better at this.  I vote for the later. We’ve had some issues with the service over the past week and a half.  I feel terrible about it and I can’t apologize enough.  It’s the biggest...
  • Blog Post: How much data can you put on VSOnline?

    I don’t get asked that question too often but I do occasionally and, as the service matures, I know I’ll get asked it more and more so it’s been on my mind.  I was looking at some data yesterday about some of our largest tenants.  No, I wasn’t looking at any of their IP (I can’t) but I was...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights going fast

    Overall, tire kicking on Application Insights is going well and the invitation codes continue to get used up pretty quickly.  We’ve now got many hundreds of accounts enabled so I’m probably going to slow down a bit on handing out invitation codes.  But… Here’s another one for another opportunity...
  • 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...
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