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A Community for Storyboard Shapes

A while ago, I wrote a post about the importance of feedback in the software development process.  In that post I introduced a new storyboarding tool that we’ve built as part of the VS 11 wave of products that enables you to collect feedback on your designs before you write a line of code.  In the product, we ship a bunch of pre-...

Visual Studio/TFS 2012 Release Candidate Available Today

Today we released the Release Candidate for VS, TFS and .NET (and, of course, Windows also released their RC).  You can learn more about it and download using the following links: Here are a few notes on the changes in TFS since the Beta.  Of course, we’ve done a ton of testing and fixed a lot of bugs.  So it ...

Progress on CodePlex pull requests

If you checkout the CodePlex suggestions and feedback, you’ll see that the #1 top voted item involves improvements in pull request workflows. For the second week in a row, we’ve released some nice improvements (along with other bug fixes and minor improvements). We’ve got several more weeks of work to do to continue to ...
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Formal Requirements with TFS and InteGREAT

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent a fair amount of time our visiting with customers and potential customers. Much of it was spent talking about the new stuff coming with TFS/VS 11. One question that came up at probably 1/3rd of customers I visited is how to do formal requirements with TFS. If you’ve looked, you’ve probably ...
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that CONFERENCE

I got a request from a friend to mention a new conference that’s coming up this fall in August in Wisconsin.  It looks like a good opportunity to stay up to date on the latest technologies and rub elbows with your peers.  Check it out if you are interested. http://www.thatconference.com/ Brian...
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Team Explorer Everywhere in the Eclipse Marketplace

Several weeks ago, I announced that we’d be removing the price on the Team Foundation Server Eclipse plug-in.  One of the benefits of this change (aside from begin cheaper ) is that it’s easier to keep your plug-in up to date because we can use the standard Eclipse update mechanisms. Team Explorer Everywhere is now on the ...
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Some insight into our 4/26 deployment

This is a post I wrote about a week ago and somehow left it in my drafts folder.  Though it’s “old” now, I think there’s still some good stuff here…  The good news is the deployment we did today seems to have gone off without a hitch (knock on wood)! We did a TFSPreview.com deployment on 4/26 and you ...
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Team Foundation Service Updates – 5/15

**UPDATED 5/15 @9:21EDT** Drag and drop of tiles has been enabled now for a few hours and I just updated the "Improved logout section" with a screenshot. It’s that time again.  Our next sprint is complete and today we’ve updated hosting service with new bits.  In general, the list of new capabilities is still modest. ...
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Update on building Win phone projects on the build service

It doesn't work right now because the Phone tools SDK isn't installed on our build agent images.  We've been talking with the phone tools team about this.  The blocker that we have is that the Phone tools SDK can't be installed on a server edition of the OS (it's blocked).  Add to that the fact that you can only run server OS ...
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Update on the VS 11 UI

There was quite a lot of feedback after we released the Beta about the new UI style in VS 11.  We've been processing that feedback and working to improve the look and feel.  We've just released a new blog post on changes to the VS UI in our upcoming Release Candidate. Check it out and please share any feedback you have.Brian...

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