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  • Blog Post: Git Experience Futures

    Our goal is to provide a Git experience that works for different engineering systems and teams, while making it easy to use. Today, we're announcing improvements to Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, and Team Foundation Server that help us reach that goal. This isn't a comprehensive list of the Git...
  • Blog Post: Agile Project Management Futures (August 2015)

    This post details some of the agile project management improvements coming to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server in the next few quarters. New Work Item Form I'll start with the core work item experience. We’re updating work items to include a new UI that provides a better day...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Package Management support for VSO/TFS

    Today, I’m happy to announce the new package management service that is coming to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server. The package management service will enable you to manage, store, secure, and share your binary components easily within an organization. Many software projects today...
  • Blog Post: Lab Management Evolution

    [August 2015] Lab Management was introduced in TFS 2010 to help development teams easily deploy and test their applications on virtual machines in their routine ALM workflows. However, you have not seen us add significant new features to Lab Management in subsequent releases of TFS. Many of you asked...
  • Blog Post: Release Management vNext Plans

    August 2015 We have been talking about the vNext version of Release Management Service in Visual Studio Online for the past few months. This service is currently in private preview and is expected to be available for all VSO users later this year. In this article, we will walk through some of the...
  • Blog Post: Build Tasks for SonarQube Analysis

    As you may be aware, we have been working with SonarSource to integrate SonarQube with MSBuild, Team Foundation Server, and Visual Studio Online. Up to now , you could use the MSBuild.SonarQube.Runner to perform analysis locally on your development box , or in TFS (2013 or 2015) and VSO , but you had...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Process Customization: Private Preview or vNext?

    Process customization is very important to our customers’ ability to adopt Visual Studio Online. In May we announced our “ Private Preview ” that is intended for organizations that are currently using TFS on-premises and want to move to Visual Studio Online but can’t because of...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Deployment: Dev/Test in Azure and Deploy to Production On-premises

    Easily provision the required resources in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager templates, and deploy Web applications and SQL Server Databases to the Azure VMs using PowerShell 2.0/3.0/4.0/5.0 scripts, and run tests that are automatically distributed across VMs using the Visual Studio Test Agent....
  • Blog Post: MSBuild and Team Foundation Server integration with SonarQube: version 1.0 released

    [Updated August 28th 2015]: If you are using Visual Studio Online, you now have a simpler way of analyzing your .Net code leveraging the Build Tasks for SonarQube Analysis   Release of MSBuild.SonarQube.Runner 1.0 As you might recall, we announced back in April at the //build conference that we...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Process Customization - Update

    Back in May , we began explaining our roadmap for process customization on Visual Studio Online (VSO). In this post, I want to share the progress we’ve made and give an update on our overall plans. Customization rollout plan Process customization features will be delivered on the same cadence...
  • Blog Post: Test Planning and Management Guide - Updated

    The ‘ Test Release Management Guidance ’, since its first release in early 2012, has been a great resource that lays down guidance about important questions pertinent to Manual Test Planning, such as: What are best practices, based on project size or development methodology? How do I structure my test...
  • Blog Post: Code Maps improvements in Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 RTM: Code maps now have simpler menus, more intuitive icons, and independent group layout

    Amongst the improvements we’ve made to Code Maps in Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 RTM are: Several of the icons that indicate the node type have been changed to be consistent with Solution Explorer, and with other tools and environments. The shortcut (context) menus have been reorganized...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Supports True Cross-Platform Development

    I’d like to start this blog post with a quick introduction. I’m Paul Barham and have been working at Microsoft only 7 short weeks but have over 25 years of software development experience ranging from teaching at the university level, to being a lead software developer and architect, to being...
  • Blog Post: Testing in Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment Workflows

    When Brian announced the release of Visual Studio 2015 RC and Team Foundation Server 2015 RC, he blogged about lots of features in these releases including Build.Preview and Release Management which are key for DevOps. At a high level DevOps is to focus on increasing customer value by reducing cycle...
  • Blog Post: Release Management announcements at //Build 2015

    [As of August 2015, we have published our updated plans here .] [The following article was last updated in July 2015.] Today Brian announced the Release Candidates of Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015. He also showed a preview of what is coming in Release Management - the web interface...
  • Blog Post: Technical Debt Management: Announcing SonarQube integration with MSBuild and Team Build

    [31 August 2015: See also Build Tasks for SonarQube Analysis which provides a summary of the different ways of integrating SonarQube with MSBuild, TFS and Visual Studio Online] [27 May 2015: Updated link to one of the downloads. Added information about stack overflow community for asking questions...
  • Blog Post: General Availability of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online

    We are delighted to announce the General Availability of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online. With this announcement, we have reached a significant milestone in the journey we started as a Limited CTP in Nov 2014 and then moved to Public Preview in Dec 2014 . CodeLens in Visual Studio Online was one of...
  • Blog Post: Layer Validation in Visual Studio architecture modeling tools may result in excessive size of user’s temporary folder

    When you perform Layer Validation using the tools available from the Architecture menu in Enterprise versions of Visual Studio 2012 and 2013, especially when Layer Validation is part of a Build process, you may find excessive growth of the user's temporary folder due to caching of binary assemblies....
  • Blog Post: Announcing 100 core support for VSO Cloud-based Load testing and more!

    Cloud-based Load Testing with Visual Studio Online now supports up to 100 cores for a single load test run. Until now in Cloud-based Load Testing, you could use up to 20 cores (10 agents) in a single load test run. With the support for 100 cores, you should be able to generate 5 times the concurrent...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens in Visual Studio Online is now in Public Preview for Europe region

    We are delighted to announce that the Public Preview of CodeLens in Visual Studio Online is now available to customers in the West Europe Region. CodeLens in Visual Studio Online was initially released as a Public Preview in Dec 2014 . With the addition of Western Europe Region, all Visual Studio Online...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens file activity and history now available for C++, JavaScript and SQL files stored in Git

    CodeLens makes it easy to explore code changes and other history as you work. It provides a head-up display in Visual Studio editor that shows useful, in-context information about your code. This information, shown as a set of team indicators , tells you when the file was changed, who changed it, and...
  • Blog Post: Code Map improvements in Visual Studio 2015 CTP6

    Code Maps , previously known as Directed Graph Documents, are a great way to visualize the relationships and interdependencies between the components of your applications. They make it much easier to understand the architecture of your (or, even more useful, somebody else’s) application, and where you...
  • Blog Post: Release Management Service Futures

    [The article below is outdated now. Our updated plans can be found here .] In November 2014, at Connect(), we unveiled the Release Management Service in Visual Studio Online. We have received a good amount of feedback since, and here, I will share some of the big ticket items that we are working on...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Limited Preview for Visual Studio Online Code Search

    Today we are unveiling a limited preview of our new Code Search feature on Visual Studio Online. Code Search enables you to quickly and easily search across your entire account and find matches using your web browser. Not only can you perform full text matching but for some languages, like C#, C and...
  • Blog Post: Build Futures

    At the Connect() developer event in November 2014 we showed a sneak peek at the investments we are making for our build automation features in TFS and Visual Studio Online. These new capabilities will be available in TFS 2015 and in Visual Studio Online starting in Q2 of 2015. TFS had build automation...
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