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  • Blog Post: Git vulnerability with .git\config

    Today the Git community disclosed an issue in Git that, in the worst case, could allow a developer’s machine to be taken over.  This is an issue that manifests across much of the Git ecosystem and is not unique to Microsoft’s Git implementation or to Windows.  I’ll describe the problem and...
  • Blog Post: Improved Welcome/Wiki experience

    I mentioned this in my post on the sprint 75 deployment and I wanted to include a video but it wasn’t ready.  Now it is and I want to share it.  Keep in mind that the deployment is still in progress so it may not be available in your account yet.  The deployment should be done by tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Dec 17

    This week we are deploying our sprint 75 results.  You can read details on the VS Online release notes . For whatever confluence of reasons, a lot of things came together in this sprint an there’s a ton of new stuff that I think you will like.  One of my personal favorites is the updated Wiki...
  • Blog Post: A new Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server Features Timeline

    We are always working on ways to communicate more effectively with customers about what we have done, what people like and don’t like, what they want, what we’re planning, etc.  A year or so ago we added a Features Timeline page to our News section of visualstudio.com as one step in that journey...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires HockeyApp

    I’m excited to announce our acquisition of HockeyApp – the next step in our journey to turn Application Insights into the best tool in the world for helping you get insight into your applications.  With HockeyApp we add great support for mobile devices, allowing you see more of your application...
  • Blog Post: More pricing and licensing changes coming

    Earlier this year, we started a process of reviewing our pricing and licensing for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online .  Our intent was to review all of the customer feedback we’ve received to look for changes that would simplify purchasing and make it more affordable for teams to include...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Dec 2nd

    This week we are rolling out the sprint 74 updates to VS Online.  You can read details about the features on the service news page . There’s nothing huge here.  After the larger announcements we made at Connect(); in November, we’re back to iterating on and improving capabilities more incrementally...
  • Blog Post: Outage on Monday Nov-24

    Just Friday, the week before, I was speaking to Buck about the incident we had the previous week and expressing a strong desire to avoid another incident anytime soon.  We agreed to postpone the VS Online deployment so that we didn’t have to rush it in a short holiday week and we could ensure that...
  • Blog Post: Special Offers from Visual Studio Partners

    Last week at our Connect(); event in New York City, we made some big announcements regarding our ecosystem from a developer as well as a partner point of view.  In addition to those announcements, I wanted to call your attention to special offers for MSDN subscribers from some of our top Visual...
  • Blog Post: Incident response

    We had an incident on VS Online yesterday, starting at 1 AM UTC (5:00 PM PST).  The incident was caused by an underlying Azure storage incident affecting many stamps in several regions.  I don’t know the root cause of that yet but I’m sure I’ll find out. I want to start by apologizing for the...
  • Blog Post: News from Connect();

    This week we had our “Connect();” developer event in New York.  We made a ton of announcements.  You’ll find a bunch on Soma’s blog , the Visual Studio blog , the Visual Studio ALM blog and in the release notes . At the highest level, we announced: Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013...
  • Blog Post: VS Online Data Protection

    It’s not uncommon that I get questions about data security and privacy in Visual Studio Online.  It’s something we take very seriously, design for, test for and focus on. Jeff Beehler, who runs our compliance team, did a talk at TechEd Europe this week on our data protection approach.  As he...
  • Blog Post: Super simple load test trial experience

    In order to make it super easy for anyone to get a tiny taste of what the VS Online load test experience is about, we added a new web based experience a few days ago. ***UPDATE 10/29/2014 12:30PM EDT*** - When I wrote this, I wasn't aware that it is only available to VS Online customers licensed with...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online is in Europe!

    Today we opened up our shiny, new VS Online instance in the Azure “West Europe” region, which is located in the Netherlands.  This is a big step and is the first of many more to come in making VS Online a truly global service.  I’ve been getting requests for over a year to provide the ability...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Oct 14th

    Today we began releasing our Sprint 72 build on VS Online. You can read the release notes on the site. As usual, it will take a couple of days for the changes to propagate across all accounts. This sprint was a pretty light sprint. We released the “Test artifacts as work items” changes...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 23th

    This week we are releasing our sprint 71 work on VS Online.  You can read more about the changes on the news page .  In the past, we’ve struggled with how to “time” the publishing of release notes with the deployment of the software.  As we get more and more instances (we have 4 now and...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer Everywhere 2013.2 (Update 2)

    Today, we released Update 2 of Team Explorer Everywhere .  You can read details on Will’s blog post . I’ve been amazed lately how many people don’t know about Team Explorer Everywhere.  We’ve had it for a couple of years now.  It’s a really nice solution for Java/Eclipse users to use Team...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio in Gartner’s Integrated Quality Suites report

    Gartner recently released this year’s update to their Integrated Quality Suites report . This is the next version of the report I blogged about last year. We’ve worked hard over the last year to continue to improve our testing tools offering – for developers, testers and end users...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 4th

    We’ve recently started bring some larger Microsoft teams into VS Online.  That has been a very enlightening experience.  It has particularly highlighted issues with fit and finish for high bandwidth activities like bug triage, performance and scale issues with larger data sets, etc. This sprint...
  • Blog Post: How to purchase VS Online

    Brian Keller interviewed James Rice (he's on our business team) for Channel 9 about how to purchase Visual Studio Online. This may clear up any uncertainty you have. http://aka.ms/HowToBuyVSO Brian
  • Blog Post: Stakeholder license is live

    About 6 weeks ago, I announced a plan to make some licensing changes to VS Online and Team Foundation Server that would make it easier for more people to participate in the development process. A few weeks ago, we did part 1 by enabling Test Hub access for VS Online Advanced licenses. Today we have completed...
  • Blog Post: Sending email to a Team Room

    Here's a very cool way to use our new VS Online extensibility (that will be available in TFS V.Next) to enable sending an email to a Team Room. Our new REST, OAuth and Service Hooks support can be used in countless creative ways. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/slange/archive/2014/08/26/send-email-to-a-team...
  • Blog Post: Retrospective on the Aug 14th VS Online outage

    We had a pretty serious outage last Thursday all told it was a little over 5 hours. The symptoms were that performance was so bad that the service was basically unavailable for most people (though there was some intermittent access as various mitigation steps were taken). It started around 14:00 UTC...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Update - Aug 18th

    Yesterday I rolled out the release notes for our sprint 69 deployment.  Check out the updates! P.S. the outage we had last Thursday was *not* caused by the rollout of updates (or, at best only tangentially so).  I’m hoping to get the outage retrospective written up tomorrow. Brian
  • Blog Post: VS Online outage last week

    Let me start by apologizing for the pretty horrific outage we had last week.  I’ve been silent on it because I was on a “last family vacation” in Europe before my oldest son goes off to college.  Buck Hodges and others have been working hard on it.  I’ve been reading up on everything that...
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