Speed up cloud-load test execution by retaining resources for quick consecutive runs

Validating application’s performance by running a load test typically follows a test->fix->test loop, often repeated several times. After you have run an initial load test and made some changes (either on the app side or test side by fixing issues or tweaking configurations), you want to quickly validate if that works and gives you the desired results… Read more

7 Ways to Look at the Values of Variables While Debugging in Visual Studio

When you are running your code and something is behaving unexpectedly, how do you find out what is going wrong? When I was in school the first way I learned how to debug a wonky application was by sticking “print()” statements all over the place, running my code, and looking back through the log of… Read more

July Hosted Build Pool Image Updates

Today we are rolling out a new image to the hosted build pool with the following updates: .NET Core 1.0 with the Preview 2 tooling Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 June 2016 SSDT for Visual Studio 2015 Lets Encrypt root certs for to JDK certificate store Azure Service Fabric SDK 2.1 Due to a SxS… Read more

A new Team Services build task to queue Jenkins jobs

Team Services sprint 102 introduces a new build task, Jenkins Queue Job.  Now your Team Foundation Server (TFS) builds can integrate with Jenkins to queue and monitor Jenkins jobs.  The Jenkins Queue Job task is cross platform and does not require any additional build agent dependencies. Add the Queue Jenkins Job Build task to your… Read more

Create Archives in Team Services Builds and Releases

Team Services sprint 102 introduces a new build task, Archive Files.  Use it to easily create archives during your Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Team Services continuous integration (CI) build process.  The Archive Files task is cross platform and uses native zip, tar, and 7-Zip on Mac and Linux.  For Windows, we bundled 7-Zip with the task and… Read more

Try paid Team Services extensions for free!

You can now try Team Services paid extensions free for 30 days. No credit card required and no surprise charges after the trial ends. If the extension is a good fit for your team, pay for what you need and we’ll take care of the rest. For example, the Test Manager extension offers a free 30-day trial so that… Read more

The Team Services extension for Visual Studio Code now supports Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 2 and later

We’re happy to announce that the Visual Studio Team Services extension for Visual Studio Code now supports Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 2 and later! The extension allows you to manage your pull requests for your Team Services and Team Foundation Server Git repositories as well as monitor builds and work items for your team… Read more

Team Services Plugin for IntelliJ and Android Studio 1.0 Release

After several months in preview, we are excited to announce the release of the official 1.0 version of the Team Services plugin for IntelliJ and Android Studio. While in preview, many features have been continually added to the plugin to better suit your needs. Some of the various features that are available in the plugin… Read more

Inside Visual Studio Team Services: Kanban boards with Patrick Desjardins

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 Patrick Desjardins, a software developer on the team… Read more

Team Foundation Server “15” Preview Released

We have released the first preview of Team Foundation Server “15”, our next major version of TFS.  This preview is not go-live, which means it is not licensed to be installed on production systems.  Upgrading from this version to future versions will be blocked and unsupported. We would love for you to try out this… Read more