Azure DevOps Blog

DevOps, Git, and Agile updates from the team building Azure DevOps

Welcome!

Welcome to the Visual Studio Team System User Education team blog. Now, there’s a mouthful. Team System? You know what THAT is, but what on earth is “user education?” That’s the question I have to answer all the time when people I meet outside of work ask me what I do for Microsoft.

Admin & Licensing

Bring your GitHub collaborators to Azure DevOps

Today we’re announcing the next step in the journey of making Azure DevOps and GitHub work great together. If you are an admin, sign into Azure DevOps with your GitHub identity, and you can now invite your GitHub team members.

Auditing for Azure DevOps is now in Public Preview

Auditing for Azure DevOps is now available for all organizations as a Public Preview! A new way to monitor activities and changes throughout Azure DevOps organizations.

A simpler way to buy Azure DevOps

We are constantly working to improve our experience end-to-end, including how our products are purchased. In response to feedback from our customers, we are pleased to announce some changes that will simplify how some Azure DevOps services are purchased.

Azure ExpressRoute
ExpressRoute for Azure DevOps

Today we are excited to announce that Azure DevOps is now available over Azure ExpressRoute. Customers who typically operate in the government and financial services sectors have requested this support because they want private connections that don’t go over the public Internet for security reasons. ExpressRoute also typically offers them more reliability, faster speeds, and lower latencies than typical Internet connections.

Using AzureAD identities in Azure DevOps organizations backed by Microsoft Accounts

Azure DevOps now supports AzureAD (AAD) users accessing organizations that are backed by Microsoft accounts (MSA). For administrators, this means that if your organization uses MSAs for corporate users, new employees can use their AAD credentials for access instead of creating a new MSA identity.

Revoking potentially impacted tokens from ESLint vulnerability

On the 24th of July 2018, we notified some customers via e-mail and on this blog about a planned action that we would start taking in relation to the malicious ESLint NPM package incident. This action is now underway.

Enabling administrators to revoke VSTS access tokens

As promised in the Protecting our users from the ESLint NPM package breach blog post last week, we have deployed new REST APIs to allow administrators of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) accounts to centrally revoke Personal Access Tokens (PAT) and JSON Web Tokens (JWT) created by users in their accounts.

If I am a VSTS Stakeholder, can I also be an Admin?

Today, we’re excited to announce that users with the Stakeholder access level can now be administrators in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). With these upcoming changes, Stakeholders can administer access levels, permissions, and settings – if they have been granted permissions to do so.

VSTS Public Projects Limited Preview

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) offers a suite of DevOps capabilities to developers including Source control, Agile planning, Build, Release, Test and more. But until now all these features require the user to first login using a Microsoft Account before they can be used. 

Deadline extended for connecting VSTS accounts to AzureAD

On January 5, 2018, I announced that Visual Studio Team Services will no longer allow creation of new MSA users with custom domain names backed by AzureAD.  While most customers agree with the direction of this change, I got clear feedback that they could not connect their VSTS to AzureAD by the March 31 deadline. 

Agile

A Sprint Burndown widget with everything you’ve been asking for

Sprint burndown the way you want. Burndown by Story Points, count of Tasks, custom fields. Create burndowns on Epics, Features, Stories. Resize to 10x10.

Rollup example
Track the progress of work using Rollup columns

How is our Feature progressing? As simple and common as this question is, it’s a hard one to answer. Especially if your Feature is complex and is composed of multiple User Stories and Tasks. With Sprint 157 Update you will be able to answer this using Rollup in Azure Boards backlog view.

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Team Safety with the Anonymous Fist to Five method

The success of any agile team is built on the shoulders of its individuals and their ability to work as a team. Those individuals need to feel safe to express their ideas and thoughts without other members passing judgement on each other.

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Get insights into your team’s health with Azure Boards Reports

You can’t fix what you can’t see. That’s why high executing teams want to keep a close eye on the state and health of their work processes. Now its easier for teams to track important metrics with minimal effort right inside Azure Boards. Introducing three new reports to Azure Boards: Sprint Burndown, Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD), Velocity.

Azure Pipelines integration with Jira Software

Azure Pipelines enable you to continuously build, test and deploy to any platform or cloud. This plugin connects Jira Software with Azure Pipelines, enabling full tracking of how and when an issue is delivered.

Azure Boards GitHub app
Introducing Azure Boards to the GitHub Marketplace

While you’ve been able to get started with Azure Boards from azure.com/boards for several months now, the new app in the GitHub Marketplace streamlines the acquisition of the service and configuration of your GitHub repository connections.

Analytics For Azure DevOps Services is Now Generally Available

Analytics for Azure DevOps Services is Now Generally Available! Read this blog to learn more about the exciting features that you can start using!

Edit and Delete Discussion Comments on the Work Item

You can now edit and delete comments in your work item's discussion! Read this blog to learn more about the experience.

Azure Boards Project Paper Cuts

We recognize that throughout the years, Azure Boards's workflows have accumulated smaller issues and usability nitpicks which have failed to become part of bigger product initiatives. This is where Project Paper Cuts comes in.

New Basic Process Available in Azure DevOps

Our new Basic Process is now available in Azure DevOps. This process is light and simple so you can get started working immediately without having to understand any complex concepts. Give it a try today.

Azure & Cloud

Azure DevOps will no longer support Alternate Credentials authentication

Azure DevOps will no longer support Alternate Credentials authentication beginning March 2, 2020. Customers still using Alternate Credentials have until then to transition to a more secure authentication method, to avoid this breaking change impacting their DevOps workflows.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.22

After all the recent travel, I finally got to spend this week at home and recharge. It was a much-needed break, and I got to enjoy Chicago, even though the winter decided to arrive early this year. So we can make a fresh cup of tea, and enjoy some community posts on code security and mobile development!

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.15

This week was the week of GitHub Universe, with some fantastic announcements coming out. If you've missed it, it is definitely worth taking a look at the day one and two keynotes. In the meantime, check out the great content the Azure DevOps community shared!

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Uploading to Codecov just got easier

Codecov.io added tokenless uploading of coverage results for public Azure Pipelines.

New with Azure Artifacts: public and project-scoped feeds

Sharing what's new with Azure Artifacts. You can now share packages publicly with anyone on the Internet (without authentication). You can also restrict feeds to a specific project only. We've also made other performance improvements, and we've added a new "Feed recycle bin".

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.08

This week, Microsoft Ignite brought our team to sunny Orlando, Florida, along with thousands of professionals leveraging Microsoft technologies around the globe. To give you a taste of the event, this week's post features some of the recordings of the community-driven Microsoft Ignite sessions dedicated to Azure DevOps.

Review Apps in Azure Pipelines

The new Review Apps feature of Azure Pipelines (in preview) allows developers to dynamically create environments on every Pull Request, to test applications consisting of multiple microservices.

Secure software supply chain with Azure Pipelines artifact policies

New preview capabilities for Azure Pipelines let you define artifact policies that are enforced before deploying to critical environments such as production. You will be able to define custom policies that are evaluated against all the deployable artifacts in a given pipeline run and block the deployment if the artifacts don't comply.

Now available: Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1.1 RC

Today, we are releasing Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1.1 RC. This is a go-live release, meaning it is supported on production instances, and you will be able to upgrade to our final release.

Improved Continuous Delivery capabilities and caching for Azure Pipelines

What's new with Azure Pipelines. We've updated Continuous Delivery capabilities with triggers on other pipelines and Azure Container Registry, and implemented new deployment strategies for VMs and Kubernetes. We're also making Pipeline Caching and Pipeline Artifacts generally available.

Azure DevOps Server

September patches for Azure DevOps Server and Team Foundation Server

This month, we are releasing fixes for security vulnerabilities that impact TFS 2015, TFS 2017, TFS 2018, and Azure DevOps Server 2019.
CVE-2019-1305: cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Repos
CVE-2019-1306: remote code execution vulnerability in Wiki
Here are the versions impacted:

Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 Patch 1
If you have Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1,

Now available: Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 RTW

Today, we are announcing the availability of Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1. Azure DevOps Server brings the Azure DevOps experience to self-hosted environments. Customers with strict requirements for compliance can run Azure DevOps Server on-premises and have full control over the underlying infrastructure.

August patches for Azure DevOps Server and Team Foundation Server

For the August release, we are releasing patches for Azure DevOps Server 2019.0.1, TFS 2018 Update 3.2, and TFS 2017 Update 3.1. This month, there are no security fixes; these patches include functional changes.
Azure DevOps Server 2019.0.1: We added information to service connections to clarify that they are authorized for all pipelines by default.

Now available: Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1, Release Candidate 2

Today, we are announcing the release of Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 RC2. This is our last planned prerelease before our final release of Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1. This second release candidate includes some bug fixes since RC1.

July Security Release: Patches available for Azure DevOps Server and Team Foundation Server

For the July security release, we are releasing fixes for vulnerabilities that impact Azure DevOps Server 2019, TFS 2018, TFS 2017, TFS 2015, TFS 2013, TFS 2012, and TFS 2010. Thanks to everyone who has been participating in our Azure DevOps Bounty Program.

Announcing Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 RC1

Today, we are announcing the release of Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 RC1. Azure DevOps Server, formerly known as Team Foundation Server or TFS, is a self-hosted package that customers can run in their own environment, on-premises, or inside VMs on the cloud and includes all of the Azure DevOps services: Pipelines,

A simpler way to buy Azure DevOps

We are constantly working to improve our experience end-to-end, including how our products are purchased. In response to feedback from our customers, we are pleased to announce some changes that will simplify how some Azure DevOps services are purchased.

Announcing Azure DevOps Server 2019.0.1 RC

Today, we are releasing Azure DevOps Server 2019.0.1 RC. This is a go-live release, meaning it is supported on production instances, and you will be able to upgrade to our final release.
Azure DevOps Server 2019.0.1 includes bug fixes for Azure DevOps Server 2019.

April Security Release: Patches available for Azure DevOps Server 2019, TFS 2018.3.2, TFS 2018.1.2, TFS 2017.3.1, and the release of TFS 2015.4.2

For the April security release, we are releasing fixes for vulnerabilities that impact Azure DevOps Server 2019, TFS 2018, TFS 2017, and TFS 2015. These vulnerabilities were found through our Azure DevOps Bounty Program. Thanks to everyone who has been participating in this program.

Announcing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RTW

Today, we announced the release of Azure DevOps Server 2019, the evolution of Team Foundation Server. This is the first release of our new brand and new navigation. You can read about the new features in our release notes.
Here are some key links:

Azure DevOps Server 2019 ISO
Azure DevOps Server 2019 Web Install
Release Notes

Thanks to everyone who installed our release candidates and sent us feedback.

CI/CD

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Uploading to Codecov just got easier

Codecov.io added tokenless uploading of coverage results for public Azure Pipelines.

Review Apps in Azure Pipelines

The new Review Apps feature of Azure Pipelines (in preview) allows developers to dynamically create environments on every Pull Request, to test applications consisting of multiple microservices.

Secure software supply chain with Azure Pipelines artifact policies

New preview capabilities for Azure Pipelines let you define artifact policies that are enforced before deploying to critical environments such as production. You will be able to define custom policies that are evaluated against all the deployable artifacts in a given pipeline run and block the deployment if the artifacts don't comply.

Improved Continuous Delivery capabilities and caching for Azure Pipelines

What's new with Azure Pipelines. We've updated Continuous Delivery capabilities with triggers on other pipelines and Azure Container Registry, and implemented new deployment strategies for VMs and Kubernetes. We're also making Pipeline Caching and Pipeline Artifacts generally available.

Support for large test attachments now available in Azure Pipelines

With this update, Azure Pipelines supports test attachments bigger than 100MB in size, which means you can now upload big files like crash dumps or videos with failed tests, aiding your troubleshooting experience.

Caching and faster artifacts in Azure Pipelines

I'm excited to announce the public previews of pipeline caching and pipeline artifacts in Azure Pipelines. Together, these technologies can make every run of your pipeline faster by accelerating the transfer of artifacts between jobs and stages, and by caching the results of common operations like package restores.

Announcing the Azure Boards app for Slack

Create and monitor work items in Azure Boards from your Slack channel

Azure Pipelines integration with Jira Software

Azure Pipelines enable you to continuously build, test and deploy to any platform or cloud. This plugin connects Jira Software with Azure Pipelines, enabling full tracking of how and when an issue is delivered.

Link unfurling (preview) in Azure Pipelines app for Slack

The Azure Pipelines app for Slack provides rich previews of builds and releases when a URL is pasted to the pipeline ( Link unfurling)

Azure Pipelines Now Supports Additional Hosted macOS Versions

Use Azure DevOps to build iOS and macOS apps now on macOS Mojave and High Sierra

Community

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.29

Round up of the latest community news to be thankful for. This week we have CI/CD using IoT Hub, 100 days on IaC, Configuring CI/CD with Azure Pipelines, using the GitHub Actions for Azure, 3 ways to automate tests, Deploying to GCP using Terraform with Azure Pipelines and a reminder that Gene Kim's latest book, The Unicorn Project, is out now

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.22

After all the recent travel, I finally got to spend this week at home and recharge. It was a much-needed break, and I got to enjoy Chicago, even though the winter decided to arrive early this year. So we can make a fresh cup of tea, and enjoy some community posts on code security and mobile development!

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.15

This week was the week of GitHub Universe, with some fantastic announcements coming out. If you've missed it, it is definitely worth taking a look at the day one and two keynotes. In the meantime, check out the great content the Azure DevOps community shared!

What’s new in Azure DevOps Sprint 160

Sprint 160 has just finished rolling out to all organizations and you can check out all the new features in the release notes. Here are some of the features that you can start using today.

ReviewApp in Environments
Pull requests are a very useful tool that allows developers to review new code before it is merged into the master branch.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.08

This week, Microsoft Ignite brought our team to sunny Orlando, Florida, along with thousands of professionals leveraging Microsoft technologies around the globe. To give you a taste of the event, this week's post features some of the recordings of the community-driven Microsoft Ignite sessions dedicated to Azure DevOps.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.11.01

Highlights from the past week from the Microsoft DevOps community. Featuring a readiness checklist for Azure, GUI testing with the Robot Framework, Fortify integration and a great write-up on the recent CVE-2019-1306 security issue patched in September.

What’s new in Azure DevOps Sprint 159

Sprint 159 has just finished rolling out to all organizations and you can check out all the new features in the release notes. This post covers just some of the features that you can start using today.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.10.25

Azure DevOps and Azure Cloud thrive through partnerships. I am especially grateful to our community members and partners who work with us on broadening that ecosystem. In this week's newsletter, we will highlight integrations between Azure DevOps and a range of 3rd party and 1st party tools.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.10.18

It is the fall conference season, which means that this blog may be brought to you from a different geographical location every week. This week I had the privilege of speaking at All Things Open, and a chance to visit our Raleigh, NC office for the first time ever. Are you participating in any fun events this fall?

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2019.10.11

Delivering software, especially in a large organization, is as much about writing code as about successful project and process management. In this week's community update, we take a look at various ways to visualize and extend the process management tasks in Azure DevOps.
Happy Friday!

DevOps

Using containerized services in your pipeline

Azure Pipelines has supported container jobs for a while now. You craft a container with exactly the versions of exactly the tools you need, and we'll run your pipeline steps inside that container. Recently we expanded our container support to include service containers: additional, helper containers accessible to your pipeline.

Azure ExpressRoute
ExpressRoute for Azure DevOps

Today we are excited to announce that Azure DevOps is now available over Azure ExpressRoute. Customers who typically operate in the government and financial services sectors have requested this support because they want private connections that don’t go over the public Internet for security reasons. ExpressRoute also typically offers them more reliability, faster speeds, and lower latencies than typical Internet connections.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2018.10.19

It's another Friday, and I've spent another week talking to customers about their DevOps journey. And it's another week of amazing content about DevOps on the Microsoft cloud from the community.

Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2018.10.12

I'm back! One of the great privileges of my job is that I get to spend a lot of time talking to customers about DevOps. But that often means a lot of time on the road, and stepping away from drinking at the firehose of great content coming from the Azure DevOps community. But now that I'm back in the office, I've found a great bunch of DevOps links.

Remediating the October 2018 Git Security Vulnerability

Today, the Git project has announced a security vulnerability: there is a security issue in recursively cloning submodules that can lead to arbitrary code execution. The Azure DevOps team encourages you to examine whether you are on an affected platform and, if so, upgrade your Git clients to the latest version.

Getting started with Universal Packages

At the end of last sprint we flipped the switch on a new feature for Azure Artifacts called Universal Packages. With Universal Packages teams can store artifacts that don’t neatly fit into the other kinds of package types that we support. A Universal Package is just a collection of files that you’ve uploaded to our service and labelled with a name and version.

Analytics will be available on TFS 2019 RC1 – Want to help us test it?

Analytics is the new reporting platform for both Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Azure DevOps. Analytics will be available with TFS 2019 RC1, which should be available later this year. We are looking for TFS customers who are planning to install RC1 when its released and would be willing to participate in a test program for Analytics.

Using AzureAD identities in Azure DevOps organizations backed by Microsoft Accounts

Azure DevOps now supports AzureAD (AAD) users accessing organizations that are backed by Microsoft accounts (MSA). For administrators, this means that if your organization uses MSAs for corporate users, new employees can use their AAD credentials for access instead of creating a new MSA identity.

Navigation Update for Azure DevOps

Back in June of this year, we rolled out the first iteration of our new navigation model for Azure DevOps. We’ve spent the summer improving that experience based on the feedback many of you have provided. Thank you! Our next step is to move from the new model being a preview, to becoming the navigation for the product. In this post, I’ll walk through some of the key feedback we’ve addressed and lay out the schedule you can expect going forward.

Azure DevOps Reporting – What reports do you want?

If you are using Azure DevOps – we want to hear what reporting metrics are important to you. We've authored a short survey to gather this data.

Directions

Creating a UK hosted Azure DevOps organization
Azure DevOps Now Available in the UK

At the Microsoft Reactor in London this morning, Donovan Brown announced that customers can now create Azure DevOps organizations and choose that their data will be hosted in the UK Azure geography.

Cloud-based load testing service end of life

We plan on closing down the corresponding Azure DevOps cloud-based load testing service on March 31st, 2020.

Azure DevOps Roadmap update for 2018 Q4

In order to provide you with visibility into several of our key investments, we post quarterly updates to the roadmap on our Features Timeline page.

Navigation Update for Azure DevOps

Back in June of this year, we rolled out the first iteration of our new navigation model for Azure DevOps. We’ve spent the summer improving that experience based on the feedback many of you have provided. Thank you! Our next step is to move from the new model being a preview, to becoming the navigation for the product. In this post, I’ll walk through some of the key feedback we’ve addressed and lay out the schedule you can expect going forward.

VSTS and GitHub

Today, Satya announced the exciting news – our intent to acquire GitHub!
GitHub and Microsoft have been partnering on several levels for years. Specifically, the VSTS team has worked closely with GitHub on Git at a technical level and on other open source projects such as libgit2,

VSTS Public Projects Limited Preview

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) offers a suite of DevOps capabilities to developers including Source control, Agile planning, Build, Release, Test and more. But until now all these features require the user to first login using a Microsoft Account before they can be used. 

Git & Version Control

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Updates to the Git Commit Graph Feature

In a previous blog series, we announced that Git has a new commit-graph feature, and described some future directions. Since then, the commit-graph feature has grown and evolved. In the recently released Git version 2.24.0, the commit-graph is enabled by default!

Announcing the Azure Repos app for Microsoft Teams

Coding is a team sport. To help developers be more efficient, we are excited to announce the new Azure Repos app for Microsoft Teams

Understanding delta file changes and merge conflicts in Git pull requests

Understanding the way Git defines Δfile changes and merge conflicts in pull requests.

A Deep Dive into Git Performance using Trace2

A deep dive into using the new Git Trace2 feature to study Git performance problems on very large repos.

Improving Azure DevOps cherry-picking

One of the more powerful git commands is the cherry-pick command. This can be an extremely powerful component of many git workflows such as the Azure DevOps team's Release Flow. To highlight a common use-case for it, let’s talk about hot-fixing release branches.

Exploring new frontiers for Git push performance

In previous posts I’ve talked about performance improvements that our team contributed to the Git community. At Microsoft, we’ve been pushing Git to its limits with the largest and busiest Git repositories on the planet, improving core Git as we go and sending these improvements back upstream.

Remediating the October 2018 Git Security Vulnerability

Today, the Git project has announced a security vulnerability: there is a security issue in recursively cloning submodules that can lead to arbitrary code execution. The Azure DevOps team encourages you to examine whether you are on an affected platform and, if so, upgrade your Git clients to the latest version.

Supercharging the Git Commit Graph IV: Bloom Filters

We’ve been discussing the commit-graph feature in Git 2.18 and how we can use generation numbers to accelerate commit walks. One area where we can get significant speedup is when presenting output in topological order. This allows us to walk a much smaller list of commits than before.

Supercharging the Git Commit Graph III: Generations and Graph Algorithms

Earlier, we announced that Git 2.18 contains a new commit-graph feature, and we discussed the commit-graph file format. As shipped in Git 2.18, this file only speeds up commit walks by a constant multiple, due to parsing structured data from the commit-graph file.

Supercharging the Git Commit Graph II: File Format

Earlier, we announced the commit-graph feature in Git 2.18 and talked about some of its performance benefits. Today, we’ll discuss some if the technical details about how the commit-graph feature works, including some helpful properties of its file format. This file speeds up commit-graph walks so much that we were able to identify other ways to speed up these walks using small optimizations.

Open Source

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Updates to the Git Commit Graph Feature

In a previous blog series, we announced that Git has a new commit-graph feature, and described some future directions. Since then, the commit-graph feature has grown and evolved. In the recently released Git version 2.24.0, the commit-graph is enabled by default!

Azure DevOps Demo Generator is now open source

The Azure DevOps Demo Generator is a community operated service that provisions template-based projects inside your Azure DevOps organization. Today we've published the source code for Demo Generator under the MIT License and welcome community participation. We've also enabled the ability to generate and use your own custom templates!

A Deep Dive into Git Performance using Trace2

A deep dive into using the new Git Trace2 feature to study Git performance problems on very large repos.

Bring your GitHub collaborators to Azure DevOps

Today we’re announcing the next step in the journey of making Azure DevOps and GitHub work great together. If you are an admin, sign into Azure DevOps with your GitHub identity, and you can now invite your GitHub team members.

Exploring new frontiers for Git push performance

In previous posts I’ve talked about performance improvements that our team contributed to the Git community. At Microsoft, we’ve been pushing Git to its limits with the largest and busiest Git repositories on the planet, improving core Git as we go and sending these improvements back upstream.

Signing into Azure DevOps using your GitHub credentials

Today, we are enabling developers to sign in with their existing GitHub account to Microsoft online services, on any Microsoft log in page. Using your GitHub credentials, you can now sign in via OAuth anywhere a personal Microsoft account does, including Azure DevOps and Azure.

Azure Boards GitHub app
Introducing Azure Boards to the GitHub Marketplace

While you’ve been able to get started with Azure Boards from azure.com/boards for several months now, the new app in the GitHub Marketplace streamlines the acquisition of the service and configuration of your GitHub repository connections.

Multi-stage pipelines
What’s new with Azure Pipelines

Today, we are announcing new features for Azure Pipelines, including multi-stage YAML pipelines (for CI and CD), environments and deployment strategies, and Kubernetes support.

Kubernetes deployment stages
Announcing Kubernetes integration for Azure Pipelines

We are announcing new features features designed to help our customers build applications with Docker containers and deploy them to Kubernetes clusters, on all cloud providers and on-premises.

Blocking malicious event-stream and flatmap-stream packages

We are making a change to Azure DevOps to block the harmful flatmap-stream 0.1.0 package and the versions of event-stream newer than version 3.3.4 which make use of the flatmap-stream package.

Package Management

Share packages publicly from Azure Artifacts – Public Preview

Share your packages stored in Azure DevOps with guests and anonymous users with the public preview of public feeds.

Caching and faster artifacts in Azure Pipelines

I'm excited to announce the public previews of pipeline caching and pipeline artifacts in Azure Pipelines. Together, these technologies can make every run of your pipeline faster by accelerating the transfer of artifacts between jobs and stages, and by caching the results of common operations like package restores.

Screenshot of Azure Artifacts
Pay-per-GB pricing and more Azure Artifacts updates

Azure Artifacts introduces pay-per-GB pricing and is available to all users in your organization - no license needed. Also, Python and Universal Packages are generally available and ready to use at scale.

Adding caching to Azure Pipelines

For a long while, Azure Pipelines users have been asking to improve performance on the hosted build agents by adding caching for common scenarios like package restore. The issue came up in a recent popular Hacker News item, so we wanted to share an update.

Getting started with Universal Packages

At the end of last sprint we flipped the switch on a new feature for Azure Artifacts called Universal Packages. With Universal Packages teams can store artifacts that don’t neatly fit into the other kinds of package types that we support. A Universal Package is just a collection of files that you’ve uploaded to our service and labelled with a name and version.

Revoking potentially impacted tokens from ESLint vulnerability

On the 24th of July 2018, we notified some customers via e-mail and on this blog about a planned action that we would start taking in relation to the malicious ESLint NPM package incident. This action is now underway.

Package Management adds nuget.org upstream source

Until now, we’ve focused on making Package Management in Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server the best place to store your private NuGet and npm packages, but we haven’t focused as much on the packages you use from public sources like NuGet.org.

VSTS is now a Symbol Server

As far back as 2012, Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server users have been asking for a Symbol Server. Symbols are crucial to debugging Windows applications, esp. applications written in native languages like C and C++, because they map from the built binary back to the source code: the classes and functions needed to step through an application line-by-line.

Using the latest NuGet in your build

NuGet (both the command-line tool and the accompanying tools built into Visual Studio) continues to iterate rapidly and add support for new .NET Core and .NET Standard target frameworks, among other improvements. Naturally, many users of Team Build in Visual Studio Team Services want to build those apps,

Visual Studio Team Services demonstrates how Microsoft Loves Java

To demonstrate our continued commitment to support Java developers and their full lifecycle DevOps needs with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS), I want to share some of our recent and exciting Java-related feature announcements. Our teams are working with large and small Java teams every day to better understand their needs and to solicit recommendations for improvements of our tools.

Reporting

A Sprint Burndown widget with everything you’ve been asking for

Sprint burndown the way you want. Burndown by Story Points, count of Tasks, custom fields. Create burndowns on Epics, Features, Stories. Resize to 10x10.

Rollup example
Track the progress of work using Rollup columns

How is our Feature progressing? As simple and common as this question is, it’s a hard one to answer. Especially if your Feature is complex and is composed of multiple User Stories and Tasks. With Sprint 157 Update you will be able to answer this using Rollup in Azure Boards backlog view.

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Get insights into your team’s health with Azure Boards Reports

You can’t fix what you can’t see. That’s why high executing teams want to keep a close eye on the state and health of their work processes. Now its easier for teams to track important metrics with minimal effort right inside Azure Boards. Introducing three new reports to Azure Boards: Sprint Burndown, Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD), Velocity.

Analytics For Azure DevOps Services is Now Generally Available

Analytics for Azure DevOps Services is Now Generally Available! Read this blog to learn more about the exciting features that you can start using!

Test Analytics in Azure Pipelines is now at your fingertips

Keeping the pipeline healthy and making it effective is KEY to your DevOps ongoing journey. Some time back we introduced Analytics in Azure Pipeline with Top failing tests report to help you do just that.

Analytics will be available on TFS 2019 RC1 – Want to help us test it?

Analytics is the new reporting platform for both Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Azure DevOps. Analytics will be available with TFS 2019 RC1, which should be available later this year. We are looking for TFS customers who are planning to install RC1 when its released and would be willing to participate in a test program for Analytics.

Azure DevOps Reporting – What reports do you want?

If you are using Azure DevOps – we want to hear what reporting metrics are important to you. We've authored a short survey to gather this data.

Team Foundation Server (TFS) Reporting – Which reports do you use?

If you are using Team Foundation Server (TFS) and SSRS Reporting today, we want to hear from you! We want to know which of the TFS Reports we offer today are most valuable to you.

Analytics Private Preview for Customers on TFS 2018 Update 2

Analytics is the new reporting platform for both Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). We are starting a Limited Private Preview of Analytics for TFS 2018 Update 2 in preparation for a full release in TFS 2019.

Make your Visual Studio Team Services dashboard part of your conversation in Microsoft Teams

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Dashboards help keep track of your project and drive collaboration with your team. Starting today, you can bring your VSTS dashboards right where the conversation is happening in Microsoft Teams (MS Teams).

Security

Secure software supply chain with Azure Pipelines artifact policies

New preview capabilities for Azure Pipelines let you define artifact policies that are enforced before deploying to critical environments such as production. You will be able to define custom policies that are evaluated against all the deployable artifacts in a given pipeline run and block the deployment if the artifacts don't comply.

Auditing for Azure DevOps is now in Public Preview

Auditing for Azure DevOps is now available for all organizations as a Public Preview! A new way to monitor activities and changes throughout Azure DevOps organizations.

New IP firewall rules for Azure DevOps Services

Azure DevOps is currently investing in enhancing its routing structure. As a result of this enhancement, our IP address space will be changing. If you're currently using firewall rules to allow traffic to Azure DevOps, please be sure to update these rules to account for our new IP ranges.

Using AzureAD identities in Azure DevOps organizations backed by Microsoft Accounts

Azure DevOps now supports AzureAD (AAD) users accessing organizations that are backed by Microsoft accounts (MSA). For administrators, this means that if your organization uses MSAs for corporate users, new employees can use their AAD credentials for access instead of creating a new MSA identity.

Introducing Search service authentication to make communications with TFS more secure

Basic authorization is now enabled on the communication between the TFS and Search services to make it more secure.

A Microsoft DevSecOps Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Exercise

Static Application Security Testing (SAST) is a critical DevSecOps practice. As engineering organizations accelerate continuous delivery to impressive levels, it’s important to ensure that continuous security validation keeps up. To do so most effectively requires a multi-dimensional application of static analysis tools. The more customizable the tool, the better you can shape it to your actual security risk.

Revoking potentially impacted tokens from ESLint vulnerability

On the 24th of July 2018, we notified some customers via e-mail and on this blog about a planned action that we would start taking in relation to the malicious ESLint NPM package incident. This action is now underway.

Enabling administrators to revoke VSTS access tokens

As promised in the Protecting our users from the ESLint NPM package breach blog post last week, we have deployed new REST APIs to allow administrators of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) accounts to centrally revoke Personal Access Tokens (PAT) and JSON Web Tokens (JWT) created by users in their accounts.

Protecting our users from the ESLint NPM package breach

On the 12th of July 2018, malicious code was detected in two popular open-source NPM packages, eslint-scope (version 3.7.2) and eslint-config-eslint (version 5.0.2). As a result, developers who downloaded and installed these packages may have had credentials stored in their .npmrc file compromised.

If I am a VSTS Stakeholder, can I also be an Admin?

Today, we’re excited to announce that users with the Stakeholder access level can now be administrators in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). With these upcoming changes, Stakeholders can administer access levels, permissions, and settings – if they have been granted permissions to do so.

Test

Support for large test attachments now available in Azure Pipelines

With this update, Azure Pipelines supports test attachments bigger than 100MB in size, which means you can now upload big files like crash dumps or videos with failed tests, aiding your troubleshooting experience.

Changes to Coded UI Test in Visual Studio 2019

We've been recommending for a while that customers use the open source tools Selenium and Appium tools, therefore the Visual Studio 2019 release marks their final deprecation.

We recommend using Selenium for testing web-applications and Appium with WinAppDriver for testing desktop (WPF, WinForms, Win32) and UWP apps.

Cloud-based load testing service end of life

We plan on closing down the corresponding Azure DevOps cloud-based load testing service on March 31st, 2020.

Test Analytics in Azure Pipelines is now at your fingertips

Keeping the pipeline healthy and making it effective is KEY to your DevOps ongoing journey. Some time back we introduced Analytics in Azure Pipeline with Top failing tests report to help you do just that.

New Navigation for Visual Studio Team Services

I’m excited to share the new navigation we’re working on for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to modernize the user experience and give you more flexibility. As Lori mentioned in her blog post, our goal to create an integrated suite that also gives the flexibly to pick and choose the services that work best for you. 

DevOps for IoT with Win10 IoT Core, UWP, and VSTS

We often get asked how to do CI/CD for IoT apps using Win10 IoT Core. If you’ve been considering or using Win10 IoT Core, then read on.
The Visual Studio Test Platform that ships with Visual Studio 15.6 RTW now supports Testing on Win10 IoT Core.

MSTest V2: in-assembly parallel test execution

Introduction
MSTest V2 v1.3.0 Beta2 now supports in-assembly parallel execution of tests – the top most requested/commented issue on the testfx repo.
The feature can dramatically reduce the total time taken to execute a suite of tests. To get started, install the framework and adapter from NuGet.

How to perform Lab management operations in Build and Release.

As you are already aware, we announced the plan for deprecating XAML builds sometime back.
TFS 2018 RC1 is now available and with that XAML builds are no longer supported. Consequently,  Lab Management and automated testing capabilities in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) are no longer supported starting from TFS 2018 RC1.

Upgrade to MSTest V2!

MSTest V2 has crossed 1 Million downloads. Congratulations! Hats off to the community! MSTest V2 is seeing robust usage. We ourselves use it heavily. If you are still using an earlier version of the MSTest framework, we encourage you to upgrade.

Visual Studio Test Platform – upcoming changes to data collectors

Having executed a test – at a minimum – we want to know the outcome. But beyond that, we may want to know more. Data collectors and loggers are the key extension mechanisms intended to provide this and other such details for rich reporting.

Wiki

Announcement: Publish markdown files from your git repository to VSTS Wiki

Now you can publish markdown files from a git repository to the VSTS Wiki. Developers often write SDK documents, product documentation, or README files explaining a product in a git repository. Such pages are often updated alongside code in the code repository. 

Link wiki pages and work items, write math formulas in Wiki, Keyboard shortcuts and more…

Happy new year to all Wiki lovers. We are learning a lot with each passing day and in this blog I will share our learning and value that we delivered in the past few sprints. Few of these features are coming up in this sprint (Jan end).

Announcing public preview of Wiki search

Search wiki pages
Over time as teams document more content in wiki pages, finding relevant content becomes increasingly difficult. To maximize collaboration, you need the ability to easily discover content across all your projects. Now you can use wiki search to quickly find relevant wiki pages by title or page content across all projects in your VSTS account.

Wiki* to turn Wiki & many exciting features

It has been 3 months since Wiki went live and thanks to your feedback, we believe this is the right time to remove preview tag from Wiki.
Wiki* will be Wiki in the coming days.
I would like to give a shout out to everyone in the developer community ,

Wiki supports HTML tags, anchor links, and much more

It has been exactly 2 months since Wiki went live on VSTS. Wiki is also available in TFS 2018 RC1 now. We have received tons of great feedback and we also learnt a lot from usage patterns. I wanted to talk about some of our learnings and the improvements in Wiki.

Announcing public preview of Wiki in Visual Studio Team Services

Last updated 1/4/2017: Wiki was released to all in October. Read more.
Each project in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) now supports its own Wiki. Now you can conveniently write pages that help your team members and other users understand, use,