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Team Foundation Server 2018 and SQL Server
Team Foundation Server 2018 and SQL Server
About 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post announcing the availability of TFS 2018 RC1.  In the comments, there ensued a sizeable conversation about the requirement for SQL Server 2016 or later (rather than also supporting SQL Server 2014).  It was good to get the feedback.  I read it carefully and we discussed it within our team.  I wanted to wrap...
VSTS Update – Oct 9
VSTS Update – Oct 9
This week we are deploying our sprint 124 work.  You can get all the details in our release notes. I'm running late this sprint so I'm going to keep my summary short. The biggest change this release is in the work items and code search experiences.  We've significantly reworked the filtering UI to make it more intuitive and to provide ...
TFS 2018 RC2 is available
TFS 2018 RC2 is available
Today we shipped the second release candidate for Team Foundation Server 2018.  If all goes well, this should be the final release candidate.  We'll make sure that all the issues you report are addressed and we'll ship the final version in a couple of months.  From the release notes, you can see TFS 2018 has tons of new features.  RC2 adds...
TFS 2017 Update 3 RC is available
TFS 2017 Update 3 RC is available
Today we released the Release Candidate for Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 3.  Following the pattern of all of our Update 3 releases, TFS 2017 Update 3 is a small release, focused on bug fixes - mostly a roll up of fixes for issues that we've uncovered as increasing numbers of customers have adopted the TFS 2017 wave of releases.  In all...
VSTS in Canada
VSTS in Canada
Today we launched our latest Visual Studio Team Services instance in the Canada Central region. This adds to our instances in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Australia, and India. I've had numerous conversations with customers who really wanted to have a VSTS account on Canadian soil and Canada was by far the most requested region for a ...
VSTS Update – Sept 15
VSTS Update – Sept 15
This week we are deploying our sprint 123 work.  Check out the release notes.  There are a few things I want to highlight... New queries hub - We are on a journey to rework how some key elements of our navigation/data model work.  We are changing the role of "Team" and favorites in the navigation because we found that it wasn't working ...
Techbash 2017 – Oct 4-6
Techbash 2017 – Oct 4-6
Checkout TechBash in the northeast US to catch the latest on modern development practices.  Our very own Donovan Brown is going to be one of the speakers - doing his Zero to DevOps talk. Brian...
TFS 2018 RC1 is available
TFS 2018 RC1 is available
Team Foundation Server 2018 RC1 is now available for download.  This is the first available build for what we have been calling TFS V.next.  And, as you can tell from the title of this post, the official name will be TFS 2018.  Here's all the important links: There's a lot I want to say about this release... Like...
VSTS Update – Aug 28
VSTS Update – Aug 28
This week we began rolling out our sprint 122 update for Visual Studio Team Services.  Check out the release notes for details. There are a couple of things I want to call out. Work item rules - Work Item rules are the "headliner" for this sprint.  For years and years, the way to create work item rules was by editing an XML file or using...
Taking feedback
Taking feedback
I'm going to try something very non-traditional for my blog. I don't know if it's a good idea or not but we'll give it a go and if everyone hates it, I'll find a different vehicle.  I've had a career of roughly 30 years now and I've been in countless situations from developer in a small startup, founder of a startup, dev in a large company, ...
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