When TFS was first envisioned a decade ago, it was meant to be an all-encompassing ALM solution. Since then Microsoft has come to realize that most companies prefer to mix and match the tools that best suit their needs. In response, they are reducing the price of VS Online and creating a new marketplace for third-party tools.
Starting with this release, TFS 2015 Power Tools will support all major editions of Visual Studio include the VS Express variants. Previously you need to have Visual Studio Pro or higher to use this set of extensions.
TFS2015 was originally intended to launch alongside VS2015 in July, but was held back for final polishing and bug fixes. The wait is over and TFS2015 RTM is now available. Among the many changes included are the new build system and greater Git support.
Team Explorer 2015 is available now, joining the latest preview of Team Foundation Server 2015. With Visual Studio 2015 being released on July 20, this gives time for developers to prepare and check the environments for compatibility issues.
Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.
The March 10th update to Visual Studio Online illustrates some of the important relationships between it and Team Foundation Server. These two products share most of the same code and feature set, but their release cycles couldn’t be more different.
With all the news about git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, it isn’t hard to see why many developers think that TFVC, the centralized version control inside TFS is a dead product. Brain Harry, the Product Manager for TFS, recently addressed these concerns.
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.