Whether it is due to the advent of the cloud or simply a desire to see if it is a better business model, software licensing has been moving towards a subscription-based system. In an effort to better attract customers, Microsoft has announced several pricing changes to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server that should lower monthly project costs.
Visual Studio Release Management enables you to create workflows using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. In an exclusive interview with InfoQ, Pieter Gheysens shares more information about VSRM.
Microsoft recently released Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools which includes best practices analyzer, check-in policies, process template editor, storyboard shapes, command line tool, Windows PowerShell Cmdlets, Windows Shell extension and work item templates.
Microsoft has released Team Explorer Everywhere 2012 Update 3 with several bug fixes, updates in addition to support for Eclipse and FreeBSD.
MobileCloud for TFS, recently released by Perfecto Mobile provides an ability test Windows Phone, Android, iOS and BlackBerry based mobile applications directly from Team Foundation Server in addition to test, execute, report, track and collaborate projects.
Less than 9 months after the release of Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2013 will be released this year. InfoQ looks at what has been announced so far.
The anticipated final preview of VS2012/TFS2012 Update 2 has been released. It brings a few more updates including the highlighting of the new LightSwitch HTML client.
Git, the popular open source distributed version control system is now natively supported by Visual Studio 2012 and the Team Foundation Service. Microsoft's new plug in provides native support and provides an alternative to the centralized source control model.
Microsoft recently released several updates for Windows Azure with background job scheduler, addition of North Europe region, mobile support for command line tool and support for SQL Data Sync services.
Microsoft recently released Power Tools Update 1 for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 with Backup and Restore Tool including set of additional enhancements.
Microsoft released Team Explorer Everywhere Update 1 for Team Foundation Server with Chinese language pack and support for public workspaces.
Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
Buck Hodges argues that long release cycles lead to unhealthy development practices for the Team Foundation Server team, but there is more to short release cycles than just shipping with each sprint. Other changes in how software is planned and developed is needed, including the ability to disable new features rather than fixing them.
Visual Studio 2012 simplifies the code review task with the ability to compare code files, annotation, comments from reviewers and status updates.
Microsoft has released an new version of the TFS Power Tools. This is an update to the TFS 2010 Power Tools. It adds support for Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012, as well as new TFS 2012 features that include a revamped Team Explorer.