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Twitter sentiment as a release gate
Twitter sentiment as a release gate
I'm really excited to talk about a new Twitter sentiment release gate extension in the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) marketplace today. Before I say more, let me step back and give some context... Any responsible DevOps practice uses techniques to limit the damage done by bugs that get deployed into production.  One of the common ...
A VSTS Release Gate with ServiceNow
A VSTS Release Gate with ServiceNow
Tarun has written a great post on creating a VSTS Release Gate that will gate deployments on approvals registered in ServiceNow.  This is a great example of how you can use the extensibility of Release Gates to automate and integrate your release pipeline.  Check it out! Brian...
VSTS Update – Nov 28
VSTS Update – Nov 28
This week we will be deploying our sprint 126 work.  This deployment is probably one of the most complicated in a while.  Quite a lot of it actually rolled out at our Connect(); event the week before Thanksgiving and then Thanksgiving week stalled the completion of the deployments so we are just getting back to it this week.   All the ...
Connect(); announcements
Connect(); announcements
We're announcing a bunch of new things at Connect(); this week.  It's an exciting time.  Connect(); is an annual developer event where we focus particularly on improving the overall experience for developers.  We've queued up a lot of good news and I wanted to share a few highlights - particularly from the DevOps space that I'm deeply ...
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DevOps at Microsoft – lots of videos
DevOps at Microsoft – lots of videos
My team is responsible for many of the engineering tools we use at Microsoft (affectionately called the One Engineering System or 1ES - paralleling Satya's "One Microsoft" mantra).  As part of that responsibility we get to interact deeply with teams across the company and learn from what they are doing.  We try to take the best ideas and ...
DevOps @ Connect(); 2017
DevOps @ Connect(); 2017
I am excited…There will be lots of news…at Microsoft Connect(); 2017 happening Wednesday Nov 15th in New York City. Please join the live stream starting at 10:00 AM EST for Scott Guthrie’s keynote, where he will showcase lots of new innovations across Azure, .NET, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services and more.  At 3:00 PM EST...
Visual Studio Team Services in Hong Kong
Visual Studio Team Services in Hong Kong
Today we opened a new VSTS instance in Hong Kong - the Azure "East Asia" region.  This adds to our instances in US, Europe, Brazil, India and Australia, giving us reasonably short distance access to every part of the world - except Africa.  We will continue to build out local support in new regions and make sure we have capacity around the ...
Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 3 available
Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 3 available
Today we released the final build of TFS 2017 Update 3.  This release follows the release candidate and addresses all the customer feedback we have gotten and all the issues we have found in extensive testing.  If you are on TFS 2017 or are upgrading to it, this is the release I would recommend for you. As I've ...
Oh my – some dashboard candy that is life changing
Oh my – some dashboard candy that is life changing
A month or so ago we opened a Visual Studio Team Services instance in Canada and yesterday it occurred to me to wonder how that was going.  I sent mail to someone who "owns" that scenario and after a little back and forth I had the answer.  He then asked me if I wanted to see that data on a regular basis for all our instances and I said no, ...
VSTS Update – Oct 30
VSTS Update – Oct 30
This week we started our sprint 125 deployment.  You can read the release notes for details. I won't comment too much on the new capabilities this sprint.  There's a bunch of nice stuff but not a lot that is earth shaking.  Our focus for the last sprint or two has been on some things we are going to unveil at our Connect(); conference in...