VS Online Update – April 10th

We are deploying our sprint 80 results this week.  You can read the release notes on visualstudio.com.  There are some very nice improvements for both the Agile tooling and Git.

 

This is an unusual deployment.  First it’s delayed a week and second it’s going to take a couple of weeks before all the instances of VS Online are updated.  As I write this, only the internal “Canary” and European instances have been updated.  Today we are starting 2 US instances.  Later this week we hope to start the largest instance – and we expect that will take 4 days to upgrade.  Why so strange?

 

A couple of reasons.  First, we are working to get ready for the TFS 2015 release candidate and there’s quite a lot of high priority work to wrap that up.  That just causes some time slicing.  Second, we are deploying Team Project Rename as part of this deployment.  It won’t be publicly enabled yet but the bits will be there – and the accompanying schema changes are what’s making the upgrade take unusually long.  In fact, this morning, we renamed one of our Team Projects “VSOnline” to “VSO” – we could do this because our account is on the canary instance.  We hit a couple of bugs in the process and will fix them in the next few days.  Once the upgrade is complete and we’ve finished verifying rename, we’ll turn it on for everyone.

Take care,

Brian