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  • Blog Post: Case studies galore!

    Sometimes I get so heads down in the business of shipping our next version that I forget for a moment about customers using the current version.  Fortunately, there are plenty of folks around me who work directly with customers on a regular basis such as the Team System Rangers and our very own...
  • 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: Tools for Agility - A white paper by Kent Beck

    Ajoy Krishnamoorthy , a product manager on our team, recently worked with Kent Beck to publish a great white paper on tooling for the agile team. The section on transparency really resonated with me especially this passage: A transparent team can more cheaply and effectively coordinate their efforts...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Licensing Team System editions for your build machine

    David Yack , one of our MS Regional Directors and a .NET MVP, tells me there is considerable confusion around the licensing requirements for the software installed on Team System build machines. The best resource available for these sorts of questions is the VSTS Licensing Whitepaper which goes into...
  • Blog Post: Project Server 2007 connector refreshed

    I'm happy to announce that the Team System Rangers have just refreshed the Project Server 2007 to TFS connector that was originally released last year. This version has been made compatible with the recent release of TFS 2008. In addition, we've fixed a number of the most commonly reported bugs from...
  • Blog Post: TFS install FAQ updated

    Just read from Bryan Krieger that he's updated the forum post the Frequently Asked Questions related to installing TFS 2008. We've invested a lot of effort to ensure that the installation experience for TFS 2008 is vastly improved compared to TFS 2005. Hopefully, you agree that the deployment experience...
  • Blog Post: TFS adoption survey results

    Carl Rogers recently posted the results of an adoption survey he ran during TechEd EMEA last fall to understand adoption levels of TFS as well as how 'process' is viewed by teams. Some interesting things popped for me as I read through the results: Top three challenges faced by teams: Poor requirements...
  • Blog Post: Standalone Team Explorer 2008 download available

    For folks that need to install Team Explorer 2008, there's a separate download available here: Download Visual Studio Team Explorer 2008 Having the Team Explorer doesn't alleviate the need to also have a TFS Client Access License (CAL) except when using TFS Workgroup (5 user limit), accessing Codeplex...
  • Blog Post: TFS Times - new newsletter focused on all things TFS

    Paul Hacker , one of our Team System MVPs , has started a great new newsletter entirely focused on TFS known as TFS Times . In the inaugural issue, he writes: ... I have always found it rather difficult to keep up with all of the information coming out from all the disparate sources like TeamSystemRocks...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Demo and Training kit available

    The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has been updated for the RTM and has been released on the Microsoft.com Download Center for anyone to download and use. You can download the entire training kit from the download center here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7602397 . After downloading the kit, simply...
  • Blog Post: December Team System chats

    Come chat with the Visual Studio Team System group – December 5th 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...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2008 ships!

    What else can I say? The big day has arrived (read the official word here on Soma's blog ) and we're all very excited to let everyone know that all parts of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 product family are available today for download from MSDN . If you're not already a subscriber to MSDN, you can...
  • Blog Post: TFS-to-TFS migration

    As more and more people are using TFS, we have been hearing requests to help customers migrate Team Projects from one TFS server to another. Several scenarios are common including: moving a single project from one TFS server to another consolidating projects from separate TFS servers on to a single server...
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