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Included CALs and Tiered Pricing

I have to say that when I wrote my post last week on TFS and VSO related licensing and packaging changes, I didn’t think I’d be writing another one quite so soon.  But I found out that we’re disclosing the next set of changes this week to help people plan, even though they don’t go into effect for another month. ...

Self forming teams at scale

I want to share with you all a strange thing that we do.  It’s unorthodox but has been very successful for us. Teams change.  People come.  People go.  People move around.  Reorgs happen.  This is a fact of life, particularly in any large organization, and something managers spend a fair amount of time on – ...

Visual Studio 2012 Update 5 RC Available

As part of the 2015 wave of releases, in addition to the 2015 products and a 2013 Update 5, we are also releasing a VS 2012 Update 5 (not one for TFS 2012 though).  This Update includes a few bug fixes.  The most notable, from my perspective, are some changes to make using VS 2012 with a TFS or VS Online Team Project that gets ...

Licensing and packaging changes for TFS 2015

Over the past year, we have been working to simplify licensing for Team Foundation Server and make things as straight forward as possible for customers to adopt it. This has included changes like the introduction of the Stakeholder plan for broad access to work items within the organization, simplifications to release management to eliminate ...
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Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 Released

Today, we released Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.6, Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5.  As I announced in a post a few weeks ago, Team Foundation Server 2015 is going to take just a bit longer (more on this in a minute), but you can get RC2 now if you like and it will work just fine with VS 2015 (and other ...

Visual Studio Online Update – July 17

I told you a week or so ago it would come quickly :)  We’re deploying our Sprint 85 work now.  As always, it will take a few days for it to make it across the entirety of the service. You can find the details on the new capabilities in the release notes. I think you’ll be pleased to see a whole bunch of new Agile planning ...

Update on Team Foundation Server RC2

I wrote a post about a week ago announcing TFS 2015 RC2.  Today, we released downloads for the rest of the languages, along with release notes.  All the information in my previous post is still accurate and the links all point to the updated downloads.   Brian...
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TFS 2015 Compatibility

As the release of TFS 2015 has approached, I’ve gotten a lot of compatibility questions.  We were a little slow documenting the story but we have it now: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/TFS/administer/requirements The short story is the TFS 2015 compat matrix is about the same at the TFS 2013 one was – we didn&...
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Visual Studio Online Update – July 7

I’m a bit late on this post.  It’s been a busy week of travel. Last week we began deploying our sprint 84 release.  Because of the logistics around finalizing our TFS 2015 release, it was delayed a bit.  Sprint 83 is actually the last sprint that went into TFS 2015 RTM and we wanted to keep it live on the service ...

Team Foundation Server 2015 RC2 available

Today we released Release Candidate 2 of Team Foundation Server 2015.  I believe this release is VERY close to the final bits we will ship.  I’d encourage people to try out upgrades on production backups, pre-production environments and, production environments.  We will support you regardless of the path you choose. ...
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