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Special Offers from Visual Studio Partners

Last week at our Connect(); event in New York City, we made some big announcements regarding our ecosystem from a developer as well as a partner point of view.  In addition to those announcements, I wanted to call your attention to special offers for MSDN subscribers from some of our top Visual Studio partners.  You can also check ...

Incident response

We had an incident on VS Online yesterday, starting at 1 AM UTC (5:00 PM PST).  The incident was caused by an underlying Azure storage incident affecting many stamps in several regions.  I don’t know the root cause of that yet but I’m sure I’ll find out. I want to start by apologizing for the incident.  No incident is ...

News from Connect();

This week we had our “Connect();” developer event in New York.  We made a ton of announcements.  You’ll find a bunch on Soma’s blog, the Visual Studio blog, the Visual Studio ALM blog and in the release notes. At the highest level, we announced: I also previewed some features that will be coming to VS ...

VS Online Data Protection

It’s not uncommon that I get questions about data security and privacy in Visual Studio Online.  It’s something we take very seriously, design for, test for and focus on. Jeff Beehler, who runs our compliance team, did a talk at TechEd Europe this week on our data protection approach.  As he worked to put together his ...

Super simple load test trial experience

In order to make it super easy for anyone to get a tiny taste of what the VS Online load test experience is about, we added a new web based experience a few days ago. ***UPDATE 10/29/2014 12:30PM EDT*** - When I wrote this, I wasn't aware that it is only available to VS Online customers licensed with an MSDN Ultimate subscription.  We're ...

Visual Studio Online is in Europe!

Today we opened up our shiny, new VS Online instance in the Azure “West Europe” region, which is located in the Netherlands.  This is a big step and is the first of many more to come in making VS Online a truly global service.  I’ve been getting requests for over a year to provide the ability to host data in different regions...

Visual Studio Online Update – Oct 14th

Today we began releasing our Sprint 72 build on VS Online.  You can read the release notes on the site.  As usual, it will take a couple of days for the changes to propagate across all accounts. This sprint was a pretty light sprint.  We released the “Test artifacts as work items” changes, previously made available ...

Visual Studio Online Update – Sept 23th

This week we are releasing our sprint 71 work on VS Online.  You can read more about the changes on the news page.  In the past, we’ve struggled with how to “time” the publishing of release notes with the deployment of the software.  As we get more and more instances (we have 4 now and will be adding a 5th one ...

Team Explorer Everywhere 2013.2 (Update 2)

Today, we released Update 2 of Team Explorer Everywhere.  You can read details on Will’s blog post. I’ve been amazed lately how many people don’t know about Team Explorer Everywhere.  We’ve had it for a couple of years now.  It’s a really nice solution for Java/Eclipse users to use Team Foundation ...