Brian Harry yesterday posted a preview of some of the key new capabilities in the upcoming August 2011 TFS Power Tools.  I won’t steal any of Brian’s thunder (his post has more details and screenshots), but highlights include:

  • Rollback in the UI
  • Work Item search
  • Build automation utilities
  • Maven 3 support (we already have Ant and Maven 2)
  • Test Attachment clean-up

What are Power Tools anyway (in TFS terms – not construction terms)?

TFS Power Tools are a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that extend or build upon existing functionality in Team Foundation Server.  These pieces of functionality often are capabilities to be included in a future release of TFS that were either finished early, or pushed up the backlog due to high customer demand.

It’s also important to note that since these Power Tools are released “out-of-band”, they are not officially (yet) supported.  That said, Power Tools are well-tested, and are supported via the TFS Power Tools & Add-ons discussion forum

So keep an eye on the August Power Tools release on the Power Tools homepage, and get it when it’s available!