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TFS 2017 Management Pack

The System Center Management Pack for TFS 2017 is now available. I apologize this took longer than usual.  It will, of course, also work with the imminent TFS 2017 Update 1 release. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Brian  ...
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Team Services Update – Feb 15

This week we are beginning the deployment of our sprint 113 improvements.  You can read the release notes for details. Among other things, there's a bunch of nice improvements to the Pull Request experience - we continue to refine and evolve it. We also did a "V2" overhaul of the package management UI.  We think it's more responsive and ...

TFS 2017 Update 1 RC2

Today we released the final release candidate for TFS 2017.1. This update contains a few new features and a lot of bug fixes.  To my knowledge, we have fixed all the bugs that were reported from RC1.  There are a small handful of bugs left to be fixed and we will be ready to ship the final version of Update 1.  We recently ...
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A Wiki for Team Services and TFS

One of the big areas of investment for us recently is "social" experiences.  I'm using a fairly broad definition of that term, including a focus on "me" and my stuff and capabilities that improve collaboration across my team, project, organization.  You've already seen lots of pieces that support this general direction...

More on GVFS

After watching a couple of days of GVFS conversation, I want to add a few things. What problems are we solving? GVFS (and the related Git optimizations) really solves 4 distinct problems: There are other partial solutions to some of these problems - like LFS, sparse checkouts, etc.  We've tackled all of these problems in...

TFS 2017 Process Template Editor is available

I know a bunch of people have  been asking for it, now you can get it.  The TFS 2017 Process Template Editor (which, btw, is an extension to VS 2017) is now available.  You can install it from the free process template editor extension in the Visual Studio marketplace. Let us know if you have any issues. Brian  ...
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Scaling Git (and some back story)

A couple of years ago, Microsoft made the decision to begin a multi-year investment in revitalizing our engineering system across the company.  We are a big company with tons of teams - each with their own products, priorities, processes and tools.  There are some "common" tools but also a lot of diversity - with VERY MANY internally ...

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