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  • Brian Harry's blog

    Special Offers from Visual Studio Partners

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    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...
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    Incident response

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    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...
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    News from Connect();

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    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...
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    Connect(); is today

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    Our Connect(); event for developers is today.  I’m in New York getting ready for a few presentations I’m giving.  It’s going to be a busy day because we have a lot of stuff to tell you about – some of it, I think, pretty exciting and unexpected...
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    VS Online Data Protection

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    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...
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    Super simple load test trial experience

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    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...
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    TechEd Europe 2014 News

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    Today, in the keynote for TechEd Europe, we announced several cool new things… VS Online European data center We now have a VS Online instance in the Azure “West Europe” data center and it is open for business.  You can read more about it in my separate...
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    Visual Studio Online is in Europe!

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    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...
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    Visual Studio and TFS 2013.4 (Update 4) Release Candidate

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    It’s time!  The Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2013.4 and Team Foundation Server 2013.4 is here. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 KB article I’ve written some posts about the CTPs along the way.  But I...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – Oct 14th

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    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...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 23th

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    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...
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    Visual Studio and TFS 2013.4 CTP2 is available

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    Today we released the second CTP (community technology preview) of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 and TFS 2013 Update 4.  You can read about the VS changes on the Visual Studio blog .  You can download the CTP .  Or you can check out the release...
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    Team Explorer Everywhere 2013.2 (Update 2)

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    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...
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    SAFe with Team Foundation Server

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    Greg Boer posted a very detailed article on how to use the Scaled Agile Framework with TFS: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/09/11/scaled-agile-framework-using-tfs-to-support-epics-release-trains-and-multiple-backlogs-whitepaper.aspx...
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    Visual Studio in Gartner’s Integrated Quality Suites report

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    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...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 4th

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    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...
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    VS & TFS 2013 Update 4 CTP 1 is available

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    I don’t know about you but it’s kind of hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that we are already on the road to delivering Visual Studio 2013.4 and Team Foundation Server 2013.4.  Update 3 wasn’t that long ago.  Today we are delivering...
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    How to purchase VS Online

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    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
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    Stakeholder license is live

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    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...
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    Sending email to a Team Room

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    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...
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    Retrospective on the Aug 14th VS Online outage

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    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...
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    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge .  This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie.  Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice   I don’t know if it’s typical, but Adam challenged me to...
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    Visual Studio Online Update - Aug 18th

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    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...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 available

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    Today we released CTP of our next major Visual Studio release.  You can look in the release notes to see what is in it.  You can also read about the highlights on John’s post . There’s no startling new improvements in this CTP but lots of nice...
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    VS Online outage last week

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    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...
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