A new resolve experience

TFS 2008 is now on customers hands and for us that means planning and executing on our next release. Today I wanted to share with you some of the changes we are working on for the Resolve (conflict resolution) experience. Prior to describing what we are planning to accomplish, lets step back and analyze the…

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Merge your renames at the root

True Rename, not those delete/add solutions, is one of those things that is extremely tricky to get right and even more on merge scenarios. Unfortunately, I have seen some of our customers struggle with them resulting in confusion within the organization and at times build breaks. For this reason, I wanted to write a quick…

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tfs workspaces and reinstalling the OS or TeamExplorer

In some enterprises and even inside of Microsoft we often partition our drives in two sections. The OS and often used applications (this is often our C: drive) and the data and enlistment section (this is often the D:/ drive) Recently, I received a question about what happens to the tf workspace cache when I…

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TFS Version Control team’s mission

Twice a year the entire version control team meets in a big conference room, full of breakfast goodies, to talk about our current strategy, release execution and market challenges. The meeting lasts for around 1.5 hours and it gives us a chance to step back and see how our day to day activities and decisions…

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Visualizing Change- The Start

Hi: Last week we released a Channel 9 video discussing a new concept, which we call Visualizing Change. Over the coming months you will see the Version Control team talk more and more about this concept and what it means for us and the ALM space.  In short, Visualizing Change is a set of experiences…

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TFS Branching Guidance whitepaper released

Hi: As a Version Control Program Manager, I am frequently asked for branch and merge guidance. This thirst in the field for content drove us to create a special project with the Rangers team where we worked over the last quarter to fill that gap. I am happy to announce that we have released our…

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Visual Studio Orcas March CTP available

The Visual Studio “Orcas” March CTP is available and now contains TFS.  In this, you will find the majority of the feature work we plan to do for our Orcas release.  I appreciate those of you who can look it over and give us feedback.  Use http://connect.microsoft.com to give us the feedback (or, if you…

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Sneak peek at a TFS Vista gadget in development

Today I am going to give you a sneak peek at our TFS Query Tracker gadget. Currently is in Alpha, if such state exists for a PowerTool, but we plan to give it to you in Beta form probably in the March-April timeframe. The functionality of the sidebar is very simple:  Allows users to track…

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Check-in Policy Packs present and future

I know I have been away from the blogs in the last month and I really have no excuse for it, so I am not going to try to make one.  Today I want to talk about the policy pack we recently released as part of our PowerTools and the vision that I have for…

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Simple Design, Creativity and Why people succeed

Over four months ago, I started watching TED Talks. What are TED talks you might ask? Well, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and it is a conference that “brings together 1000 thought leaders, movers and shakers” with the aim to share ideas.  The conference is extremely popular, selling out every year in advance, even…

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