Today we released the Sept 2007 version of the TFS Power Tools. There’s a couple of great new things in them. First, before I get to that, this release of the Power Tools only works with the TFS 2005 client. This will be the last release of the Power Tools for the TFS 2005 client.
Yesterday we released a refreshed build of TFS 2008 Beta 2. Why did we do this? The reason is that we have had a fair number of reports of installation issues. Our installation process is instrumented with Dr. Watson logging and will send information about successes and failures and logs on the errors that were hit for us to analyze.
Check out the new tray tool for monitoring Team Builds on Buck’s blog. It’s just a preview at this point and will ultimately be released as an official TFS Power Tool in the next few months but I think if you get the chance to check it out,
Today we released a new version of VSTS Web Access. This release is a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of what will ultimately be the 2008 version of of the VSTS Web Access Power Tool. See the bottom for details on the nuances of what all this terminology means.
Here’s an update on overall TFS adoption at Microsoft. In a bit I expect to blog the latest DevDiv server stats.
Overall adoption continues to grow rapidly. We passed some notable milestones this month:
We have 1,160 Team Projects in production,
8/24/2012 This post is now very out of date. Please see
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub/archive/2011/07/27/getting-started-with-ibm-rational-to-team-foundation-server-tfs-migrations.aspx for more up to date information.
Yesterday we released a new tool that will help customers who use both Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and ClearCase or are migrating from ClearCase to TFS.
You may have read some of my previous posts about my shame around the job we have done servicing and providing patches for TFS 2005. We’ve had problems both with timeliness and reliability of patches. I promised that we would not let that happen again for TFS 2008.
We’ve move to a model where we do pre-releases way more often than we used to. The downside is that they are still really big and it can take a lot of time to do downloads. Brian Keller recent wrote a post about how to minimize the difficulty and time spent downloading.
One of the pieces of feedback we frequently get is that creating custom reports is too hard. We’re taking a two pronged approach to this. We’re working on new features in Rosario to make it easier and we are writing more/better docs on how to do reporting with the features you have today.