Office hours are back!
Check out Microsoft's ALM Assessment
From the site:
In order to improve your development capabilities, you must first understand where you are today, then determine where you want to go; only then can you develop a solution roadmap. The ALM Assessment addresses the first point by providing you with a comprehensive ‘snap-shot’ of your development organization today. The ALM Assessment provides the following services:
Today Microsoft announced that it's acquiring DevBiz, the maker's of TeamPlain (TeamPlain is web-based solution for accessing Team Foundation Server).
Read the PressPass announcement here.
As a result, TeamPlain is now a FREE download for exsting TFS users.
Also, Brian Harry posted a look at the product.
Be sure to check out this post from J.D. Meier. It contains a LOT of new information and recommendations on how to get the best bang for your buck from Visual Studio Team System.
I just attended the 2007 Jolt Awards at the SD West Expo in Santa Clara.
In case you haven’t already seen it, Microsoft had quite a few nominations and received two “Productivity Awards” (honorable mentions), and one Jolt Award! See below:
Jolt Award Winner:
There were other tools that won or were mentioned that complement, integrate, or support either Visual Studio or the .NET platform.
For a complete list of nominees (and soon-to-be-posted winners): http://www.joltawards.com/2007/
In case you haven't seen this yet..
Team Foundation Server is happy to announce the release of version 1.2 of Team Foundation Power Tools (formerly known as Power Toys). In this release we’ve added 2 new command line tools for the developer and 3 non-command line tools. This version includes some bug fixes to previous Power Tools, support for Vista, and adds the following new functionality:
Please note that the Process Template Editor has some additional pre-requisites, they are identified on the download page.
You can locate the Team Foundation Power Tools V1.2 release here and you can get help on the forums for these tools here.