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Happy holidays 2016

Today is my last day in the office for the year.  I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog and engages on TFS and VS Team Services.  It's great working with all of you. Overall, it's been a good year.  We shipped TFS 2015 Update 2 and 3 and TFS 2017.  We continued our tradition of substantial Team ...
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VS Team Services Update – Nov 28

This week we are deploying our sprint 109 payload.  You can read the release notes for details. There's a few things I'm particularly excited about. Build task versioning - We had a live site incident a few months ago because we rolled out an update to a build task on our hosted pools and it broke pretty much everyone's builds.  That caused ...

DevOps at Connect();

A little late on this, but the video of my presentation (with Jamie Cool) is on Channel9 now: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Connect/2016?sort=status&direction=desc&c=Brian-Harry&term= I've been saying for a couple of year that TFS and Team Services are a great DevOps solution for your whole team - regardless of the technology or...

TFS/Team Services Q4 Roadmap update

A few days ago we published our Q4 update to the TFS/Team Services roadmap.  We should have done it 6 weeks ago but, Connect(); in mid-November had us really busy and it just fell through the cracks.  Sorry about that.  We should be updating it again in mid-January. As a reminder, everything on here is just our best estimates and things ...

News from Connect(); 2016

Today, at the Connect(); event in New York, we are announcing a whole bunch of cool new stuff.  The news at Connect(); is broad so I'm going to focus on the TFS and Team Services related news. TFS 2017 RTM One of the biggest pieces of news is that we RTM'd TFS 2017.  That's exciting because it unlocks a bunch of enhancements that we've made ...

Connect(); event today

Check out the Connect(); event today.  Live stream Scott's keynote and view on demand tons of other content - including my session on DevOps. https://connectevent.microsoft.com/ Brian...

VS Team Services Update – Nov 7

This week we are rolling out our sprint 108 work to Team Services.  You can read the release notes for details. It's another comparatively "light" sprint.  It's the last sprint that should be significantly affected by our work to wrap up shipping TFS 15.  We're pretty much done, have incorporated the feedback we got from RC2 and feel we are...

VS Team Services Update – Oct 12

Before I get to talking about this update let me talk about a change in the way we are announcing updates... It takes a while for an update to roll out across the entire service.  That is by design and it is part of our strategy to control the damage from any bugs we miss in the testing process.  Our deployment process is currently divided ...

Code search and Exploratory Testing GA

Today, we are releasing the official "V1" releases of our two most popular VS Team Services extensions: Both are now out of preview. Code Search Code search enables you to search across all of your repositories (both TFVC and Git) in all of your projects.  It supports simple full text search on any text file and semantic search in C...

One more farm story for this week

Sorry for the back to back farm stories but I was relating the Fire! story to someone the other day and remembered another story I hadn't shared. As a cattle farmer, I go through a lot of hay - about 300,000 lbs per winter.  Spring and late Summer are the seasons for cutting, baling and storing hay.  In the past I've had to buy a lot of hay ...

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