Multi-line test steps available in Microsoft Test Manager, among other things…


Along with the launch of the Team Foundation Service preview we announced at the BUILD conference, we released a new client patch for the VS 2010 family of products.  You can get it here: (or you can find the link on the Team Foundation Preview service web page). You’ll see that it’s called “Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR” but it’s actually got a few things of interest in it.  It’s a roll up of recent fixes and improvements.  Here’s a list of the most significant ones:

  • The update gets its name from the fact that it includes changes necessary to the 2010 client to allow it to work with a TFS 11 server – including our Team Foundation Service Preview.
  • The biggest “news” is the addition of support for multi-line test steps in Microsoft Test Manager.  It’s mentioned in the #1 suggestion for Visual Studio Test and Lab Management.  I’m super excited about being able to bring this feature out quickly.
  • KB2522890 – Team Explorer Crashes when opening build from TFS 2008
  • KB2552300 – Gated Checkins fail with the “Preserve local Changes” option
  • KB2561827 – DiffMerge closes with unhandled exception when comparing two files.

Yes, I know, I know, the KB article hasn’t been published yet.  This was the last straw for me and I’ve raised a bit of a ruckus about it.  I think I’m getting the attention of the right people to start fixing this problem.  I’ve set a clear goal to have the KB articles available the same day the update is available.



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