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  • Blog Post: Resources to learn more about Visual Studio Team System 2010

    While the various Visual Studio teams are working on our first beta release, I thought I’d point out some important resources to learn more about what we’re doing.  First is the new weekly video podcast series known as 10-4.  This has been going on for a few months now but I finally figured...
  • Blog Post: Listen to me on Radio TFS

    The Radio TFS folks called me at home just before the holidays and spent the better part of an hour talking about what I do, some of the history of Team System and where we’re headed with our 2010 release.  As I’ve mentioned previously , it’s a fun format for getting some of the behind-the-scenes...
  • Blog Post: Updated Visual Studio Team System 2008 Trial VPC images available

    For those of you that want to try out Visual Studio Team System 2008 including Team Foundation Server, without having to go through the process of installing the product, we have recently released four VPC and HyperV images for your use.  The “all-up” image includes Team Foundation Server, Team...
  • Blog Post: TFS Branching Guide 2.0 published

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the VSTS Rangers have shipped again! This time, in the form of guidance for branching strategies using Team Foundation Server. You can find this release on Codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/TFSBranchingGuideII Selecting the right branching strategy is...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with the Team System 2010 CTP expiration

    If you’ve been using the Team System 2010 Community Tech Preview VPC , you’ve probably noticed that the instance of Visual Studio within the VPC is getting close to expiring.  We expect that it will cease functioning around the end of the year and instead return the message “The evaluation period...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2007 Management Pack for TFS 2008 is available!

    The Team System Rangers have delivered again!  This time it’s a comprehensive Management Pack for TFS 2008 working with System Center 2007.  This release represents an amazing amount of effort and coordination between the Ranger, the TFS product team, the System Center team, Microsoft Consulting...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer: enabling discovery, composition and consumption of high quality development guidance

    Several of our MVPs just recently “discovered” the Guidance Explorer project run by our very on patterns & practices team even though it’s been released for some time now.  Since this was a surprise to many of them, I figured it’d be good mention it more broadly in case others might find it...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Grant!

    Grant Holliday , a former Team System MVP, recently joined our team focused on adoption of TFS internal to Microsoft.  Since he’s a veteran TFS user, he hit the ground running and now is a voracious force on the internal support aliases.  I’m happy to see that he’s also started blogging with...
  • Blog Post: New case study for Team Foundation & Teamprise

    We just released a joint case study based on the success that Thomson Reuters has had using Team Foundation Server in conjunction with Teamprise in order to adopt Team System in a mixed development shop.  Since the reality of many development teams is that they are dealing with some aspect of mixed...
  • Blog Post: Check out good stuff from TechEd 2008

    This was a good week for Team System at TechEd 2008 in Orlando.  I would recommend that you check out the TechEd 2008 Online site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/default.aspx ) to learn about much of what was covered.  In particular, you should check out the BillG keynote in...
  • Blog Post: Radio TFS

    After getting my first Zune in March for my birthday, I’ve really enjoyed getting familiar with the world of podcasting…it’s a great way to extend my learning and entertainment in to my exercise, commuting and yard work time.  As it turns out that there’s a podcast out there for the Team System...
  • Blog Post: Check out Brian the Build Bunny

    Martin Woodward , one of our many Team System MVPs, just recently posted a blog article about a project he’s been working on for some time now.  Brian is actually a dedicated Nabaztag smart rabbit which reacts to the details of check-ins and builds.  I’ve seen teams use stop lights and reader...
  • Blog Post: Team System 2008 Licensing White Paper now available

    Kevin Kelly, a Team System Product Manager, announced today that at long last the Team System 2008 licensing white paper has been published.  I’ve lost track of the number of people who have asked about this important update so I’m sure there are many people interested in this announcement. ...
  • Blog Post: More Rosario specs available

    While I hope many of you are now or soon to be actively using Visual Studio Team System 2008, we’re hard at work with developing our next release known as Rosario.  We’ve been publishing specs for some of the new features  and just refreshed the list updating or adding 7 specs bringing our...
  • Blog Post: March 2008 TFS Power Tools now available

    Check out Brian Harry’s post on the latest release of the increasingly popular (and increasingly valuable), TFS Power Tools. As you can probably tell by the name, we’ve been working on this release for a bit and ran into a few delays along the way.  Hopefully you’ll agree that it’s worth waiting...
  • Blog Post: How DevDiv uses TFS

    Gregg Boer, a program manager on the TFS work item tracking team has started a series of posts outlining in good detail how we used TFS work item tracking within Developer Division to manage the Visual Studio 2008 project.  Based on the popularity of my Channel 9 video covering similar topics, I...
  • Blog Post: April Rosario CTP now available!

    I'm happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” April 2008 CTP) is now available. Customers can immediately begin downloading the VPC images from our download page . Because of the size of the VPC...
  • Blog Post: Update on DevDiv dogfooding of TFS

    Matt Gertz, Developer Division's manager responsible for our internal development tactics and process, recently posted an article covering the broad post-VS2008 efforts to more broadly adopt TFS within DevDiv for future product development. As regular readers of my blog know, Team System teams have been...
  • Blog Post: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - now in Russian

    Folks in our Ukrainian subsidiary recently completed the translation effort for the wildly popular Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server . I'm not sure I have a strong Russian speaking following, but just in case, please take a look: Групповая разработка с использованием Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Requirements Management with Team System whitepaper published

    Lori Lamkin, the Product Unit Manager for TFS work item tracking and project management, has recently published a whitepaper on Requirements Management. It covered how Team System supports various Requirement Management activities today, and how your organization can choose to stretch your process to...
  • Blog Post: More Team System "Rosario" specs available for review

    In November of last year, we started sharing a selection of the specs written for Team System "Rosario" features. At the time, we had just two specs available but the response from the community was very encouraging. As I predicted at the time, this sort of positive response would encourage others to...
  • Blog Post: Join me at our next Team System Chat

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April...
  • Blog Post: Internal usage stats for Team Foundation Server

    Joe Schwetz, the group manager of our TFS Solution Provider team, publishes a monthly report which updates us on the internal adoption of Team Foundation Server across the company. You've heard from me before about our internal dogfooding of TFS within the Team System team (including my most recent update...
  • Blog Post: Teamprise 3.0 ships!

    Congratulations to our friends at Teamprise , including the inimitable Martin Woodward , for their recent release of Teamprise 3.0 . If you're using TFS and want the equivalent of Team Explorer integrated into Eclipse or need to run on a Mac or Linux, do yourself a favor and check this tool out. Top...
  • Blog Post: New TFS hosting service available

    I just heard from Adam Galant that TeamDevCentral , a new TFS hosting service (the first in North America) is now available and ready for business! (The very first TFS hosting service was TFS Now! which is based in Australia). So, if you don't want to take on the administrative responsibility or the...
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