Recently I was showing someone the results of a bug query and sorting by more than one column in work item tracking in Team Explorer. When the person said he didn’t realize that feature existed, I decided it would be worth posting.
One of the new features we’ve added to TSWA for the SP1 release is the ability to create URLs that are effectively work item templates by virtue of the fact that they have the values for the work items embedded in the URL itself.
Like Team Explorer, Team System Web Access does not support work item templates yet (though you can get a power tool work item template add-in for Team Explorer 2005 — look for power tools for TFS 2008 in December).
Let’s say you’re going through your bugs and want to ask someone a question about one of them. You can use Team System Web Access to send that person an email containing all of the work item’s information and a link to it.
[Update 10/6/2008] In addition to the default search behavior described below, TSWA 2008 SP1 adds Outlook-style search capability, which is described here.
Have you ever wanted a quick way to find the bugs containing some word?