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VSTS Process Customization futures (June 2016)

The first wave of work for process customization is complete: allowing you to modify fields, layout and states of existing work item types.  While it’s taken longer than we had anticipated, we’ve received a ton of great feedback and our plan is to continue to work through the backlog.  With the summer season beginning, I wanted to update...

States customization on Team Services

The first milestone in bringing states customization to Team Services is here. With the latest deployment, you can customize the states on your inherited work item types. Let’s jump into the new functionality. Adding custom states Adding new states starts from the process administration page. Here you can view all the states for a ...

Worldwide Meetups featuring Visual Studio Team Services: Summer 2016

We're super excited to announce that several meetups featuring Visual Studio Team Services are taking over the world in the next 2 months. Check the meetups out if they're anywhere near you and meet other Team Services users as well as folks from our engineering team in a few of these! And as we publish this post, we're getting in some live ...

Inside Visual Studio Team Services: Dashboards with Gino Buzzelli

Each month, we will bring you the insiders view into Visual Studio Team Services - how the product is developed, how we dogfood it and use it every day, who are the people behind it and tips and tricks on becoming a power user This month, we interview Gino Buzzelli, a Program Manager on the Dashboards team at the Microsoft Redmond campus. ...

Boolean (checkbox) fields on Team Services

The wait is over. With the latest deployment to Team Services, you can now add a checkbox to your work items. To do this, simply add a Boolean field to your work item type. It’s been a long journey and I’m sure more than one of you is wondering why it’s taken us so long. The simple truth is we just haven’t made it a priority when ...

Viewing Your Work Items in IntelliJ and Android Studio

To build upon the work item functionality we added to our Team Services plugin a few sprints back, we have now created a Work Items tab that allows you to view the work items that are assigned to you. In this release, you are able to: This functionality allows you to easily switch between working in the IDE and keeping ...

Work Item Integration for IntelliJ and Android Studio

In our latest release of the Team Services Plugin for IntelliJ, you can quickly and easily associate your Team Services or Team Foundation Server work items with your commits. The workflow is as simple as it can be:     1. Click on the "Select Work Items" button in the Commit Dialog to see a list of work items assigned to...

New and updated DevLabs extensions in the Visual Studio Team Services Marketplace

Microsoft DevLabs is an outlet for experiments from Microsoft, experiments that represent some of the latest ideas around developer tools. Solutions in this category are designed for broad usage, and you are encouraged to use and provide feedback on them; however, these extensions are not supported nor are any commitments made as to their ...

Linking Work Items to Git Branches, Commits, and Pull Requests

If you're a developer working on a team that uses Git, you're probably using some form of topic branching to isolate your work.  If you're using any of the Agile tools in Visual Studio Team Services, you probably also have a bug, task, or user story that's tracking your development work.  Until recently, the best way to keep these items ...

Quickly navigate with keyboard

Shortcuts have been in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) for a long time, but not many keyboard shortcuts were available and it was not discoverable. Since a few deployments we have introduced more shortcuts using the MouseTrap open source library. You can now type in keys whenever you are not focused on an ...

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