Team Project Rename available on VS Online

Today we enabled Team Project rename on all VS Online accounts.  Team Project rename is our #1 User Voice request, by far and the longest standing customer complaint.

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6,156 votes and 178 comments later, it’s here (both on VSO – today and in the TFS 2015 RC – available shortly).  I know it’s been a long time coming and I appreciate everyone who has been both patient and persistent.  I really hope this will address all the pent up demand and all the mis-named projects out there 🙂

You can try it by navigating to your project in the VSO web experience, then hit the settings icon on the upper right.  There are actually two places in the settings UI you can rename a project – this is one of them:

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As expected it was quite a bit of work and we’ve worked hard to make it seamless.  But like anything, when you change the name of something, anything that references is needs to be updated.  This can be as simple as urls pointing to the project from a document on some Sharepoint site, a wiki or anything else.  We’ve worked to make this as seamless as possible by automatically updating names that we have access to but we’ve written a document to help you understand what you need to think about when you rename a team project.  There are a few manual steps still in the document that will be automated over the next several weeks – but we think there’s enough here that we’d love to get people trying it and giving feedback.

As I promised long ago, Team Project Rename will also be part of TFS 2015 and will be included in the TFS 2015 Release Candidate that will be available in the near future.

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Brian