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  • Brian Harry's blog

    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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    VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) released

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    Today we released the final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and Team Foundation Server Update 3. You can get the update using the link below. Note that the link includes both the Visual Studio & TFS downloads (among other things) if you expand...
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    A white frog?

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    I was out doing chores on my farm yesterday morning and ran across something surprising (to me, at least).  By the pig pen, we have an electric fence charger and it is covered by buckets.  For some reason I don’t understand (my wife did it)...
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    Explanation of July 18th outage

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    Sorry it took me a week and a half to get to this. We had the most significant VS Online outage we’ve had in a while on Friday July 18th. The entire service was unavailable for about 90 minutes. Fortunately it happened during non-peak hours so...
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    The rest of the story (about sand)

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    A month ago I wrote about our newly enabled capability to measure quality of service on a customer by customer basis .  In that post I mentioned that we had actually identified a customer experiencing issues before they even contacted us about them...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – July 21

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    Today we began deployment of our sprint 68 work. There’s a bunch of really good stuff there. I say “begun” because deployment is a multi day event now as we roll it out across instances. Everyone should have the updates by tomorrow ...
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    Upcoming VS Online Licensing Changes

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    Through the fall and spring, we transitioned VS Online from Preview to General Availability. That process included changes to branding, the SLA, the announcement of pricing, the end of the early adopter program and more. We’ve been working closely...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available

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    I’m not going to make too big a deal about this because there’s going to be tons of them between now and when VS “14” ships.  But we shipped another CTP today and you can learn more about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014...
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    TFS Adoption at Microsoft – July 2014

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    Years ago, I used to do monthly updates on TFS adoption at Microsoft.  Eventually, the numbers got so astronomical that it just seemed silly so I stopped doing them.  It’s been long enough and there’s some changes happening that I figured it...
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