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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...

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 ...

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

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

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...

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...

VSTS Update – Aug 4

This week we are deploying our sprint 121 work for Visual Studio Team Services.  There's a lot of good stuff and you can read the release notes for details. Probably the biggest thing is the public preview of our new Wiki feature.  We're already using it heavily and I really hope you are going to like it.  Plenty of work left to do but it'...

VSTS Update – July 14

This week we are deploying our sprint 120 payload for Visual Studio Team Services.  Check out the release notes for all the detail. The big news of this sprint is the new visual release definition editor that allows you to see the flow of your release through environments.  In the coming sprints we'll be adding views that visualize in-...

Perf results on scaling Git on VSTS with GVFS

A little over a month ago, I gave an update on our progress of moving the Windows team to Git in the largest Git repo on the planet.  At the time, I described the scale of the Windows Git repo (over 3.5M files and ~4,000 engineers), the current performance results and set of improvements that were just rolling out that we called "O(modified...

A Wiki preview on VSTS

Back in February, I announced our plan to release a fairly full featured Wiki for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS).  I also announced that we were purchasing the Wiki extension that was then in the marketplace.  Since then, we've left the Wiki extension in the marketplace pretty much alone and worked to ...

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