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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Changes in Visual Studio Architecture and Design Tools

    Introduction This post explains some of our plans for evolving our architecture and design tools in Visual Studio, including new capabilities and changes to existing capabilities that we will be delivering in the next major release and subsequent updates. Although these plans have already been informed...
  • Blog Post: Perform diagnostic search across your Application Insights telemetry

    In Application Insights, we’ve just upgraded Diagnostic Search so that you can search all the raw telemetry such as page views, as well as the trace log calls that you can insert. This makes it a lot easier to find and follow chains of events in your app. So for example, if you inserted some log4Net...
  • Blog Post: Enhance your Application Availability Monitoring with VS 2013 Web Test Plugins

    You may be aware Application Insights in Visual Studio Online provides you with the capability of monitoring the availability of your web applications through the use of Visual Studio Web Tests . If not, you may want to take a peek at this post before continuing. Now, let’s assume your application...
  • Blog Post: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

    We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs . The Scaled Agile Framework , or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Load Testing with Visual Studio Online

    Check for performance issues on your web site before they impact your customers. Perhaps you expect an increased user load from a marketing campaign. Use cloud-based load testing with Visual Studio Online to test if your application can handle all the new users. With cloud-based load testing it’s...
  • Blog Post: Get Application Performance Counters of your choice during load runs with Visual Studio Online

    Goal of a load testing activity is to identify and fix performance bottlenecks. Visual Studio Online integrates Cloud Load Testing with Application Insights to give deep insights into performance and diagnostics data of your application which dramatically decreases the discovery and resolution of any...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens for Git improvements in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Update 3 RC

    In Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP1, we introduced some CodeLens for Git indicators . In this RC update we are completing the work by: Automatically refreshing the CodeLens for git team indicators to reflect the current source control state Improving the user experience in the case of big files with...
  • Blog Post: Test Plan and Test Suite Customization with TFS2013 Update3

    One of the top feature requests from Microsoft Test Manager/Test Case Management users across various forums has been the ability to customize the Test Plan and Test Suite artifacts. Based on the feedback, with Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 , we are adding the functionality to add custom fields...
  • Blog Post: CodeLens Team Indicators - Processing Pipeline

    Introduction CodeLens is a heads-up display in your Visual Studio Editor where you can find information about your code in-context. See this MSDN article for an introduction to CodeLens - Get history and other info about your code . You can use the CodeLens Indicators to quickly identify the changes...
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance for TFVC and TFS on Azure IaaS

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight new and updated practical guidance that landed recently. TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4.BETA has shipped! The new guidance now includes practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Engineering Stories - How We Build Software at Microsoft

    Before I joined Microsoft , I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices. I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Your Data from TFS to Visual Studio Online with New Free Utility from OpsHub

    Ever since we launched Visual Studio Online in November, we’ve had tremendous success with lots of teams coming to Visual Studio Online for their needs. We’ve had many Team Foundation Server customers asking us how to move to Visual Studio Online but also take their most important history...
  • Blog Post: Get Application Performance data during load runs with Visual Studio Online

    [ New Update: Now you can collect performance counter of your choice to be monitored during the load run. Read more about it here ] Goal of a load testing activity is to identify and fix performance bottlenecks. Visual Studio Online integrates Load testing with Application Insights to give deep...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Guidance for Consulting Teams and Systems Integrators

    If you are a consulting team or systems integrator partner this post is for you. In the Visual Studio Online team we are aware that many of you are looking for ways to more efficiently deliver projects for your customers. It has been a very popular scenario in the adoption of Visual Studio Online. We...
  • Blog Post: New CodeLens Indicator–Incoming Changes

    Introduction CodeLens has been a blockbuster feature in Visual Studio 2013. Consistently it is listed among the best loved features for the release. We continue to work on it and in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2 , we are releasing a new indicator called Incoming Changes .   To recap, CodeLens...
  • Blog Post: .NET Memory Analysis: Object Inspection

    In Visual Studio 2013, we introduced a way to analyze .NET Memory with Visual Studio . Now in the Update 2 , we’ve added a new feature to inspect values of objects and instances to improve your diagnostic capabilities. You can follow along using the same code and dumps from the SampleLeak App we...
  • Blog Post: Triggering Prefetch for Windows Store Apps in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Windows 8.1 introduced a method for Windows Store App developers to pre-register content with the Windows API to cache resources to be used by your apps before your app has been launched. This was to address the issue where your application loads slowly on startup while it waits to pull down the latest...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar Scaled Agile Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio ALM Feb 4 11:30 AM PST

    Next Tuesday Barry Paquet Agile Coach and certified SAFe Program Consultant (PSC) from InCycle Software will give an introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and discuss how he has been solving customer’s issues with SAFe and the Visual Studio ALM Tools.   Should be a great show! Starts...
  • Blog Post: Customization and configuration in VS ALM

    With Visual Studio ALM and TFS, you gain access to a wealth of tools, many of which you configure or can customize. Common areas that team's customize include team alerts, team home page, shared queries, and test platforms. For on-premises deployments, you can also add fields, customize work item types...
  • Blog Post: TF255356: Known Issue with Configuring TFS 2013 RTM Express and Basic

    This post is to report a known issue with configuration in Team Foundation Server 2013 RTM. The issue is specific to configuring TFS Basic, Express, or Upgrade on a machine with SQL Express 2008 R2 SP1 or SP2 installed. There is a workaround, which is outlined below. Description If you try to configure...
  • Blog Post: Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

    DevOps is an increasingly important part of application lifecycle management and is a growing area of interest as businesses need to develop and deploy quality applications at a faster pace. As part of this increased focus, we’re excited to announce Release Management for Visual Studio 2013, a...
  • Blog Post: Using Internet Explorer 11 and not able to record a web performance test successfully?

    Are you trying to add a recording to your Visual Studio Web Performance test with Internet Explorer 11 or Windows 8.1 (which uses IE 11) and are not successful in doing so? The cause is IE 11 enables - Enhanced Protection Mode setting by default, which doesn’t allows Microsoft Web Test Recorder...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RC ALM courses available from training partner Quicklearn

      One of the ALM MVPs  Anthony Borton (TFS Instructor) has created an entire set of courses around Visual Studio 2013…and one of the nicest things about his courses you can attend either virtually or in person! Here is more information about these courses: *********************************...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Cloud-based Load Testing with Team Foundation Service

    Update: As announced with Visual Studio 2013 launch, cloud based load testing with Visual studio Online is in Commercial Preview. This is open to all Visual Studio Online users. You can read more about it here Performance and load testing is a very important part of the application lifecycle. You’d...
  • Blog Post: Help content for the Agile planning tools gets a makeover with TFS CU2

    With the latest VS ALM TFS update, we've given the help content for the Agile Planning tools a makeover - as you can see by going to Collaborate and Collaborate (dig deeper) . The collaborate content shows you how to use the Agile planning tools with the latest Visual Studio Team Foundation Server...
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