Announcing the deprecation of the old Work Item Form in TFS

A little over a year ago we released the new work item form to Visual Studio Team Services and now with TFS 2017 the same great functionality is available to our on-premises customers. Here are some highlights of the new features available today: Integrated development control to track existing code assets and to create new… Read more

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… Read more

Using Open Source Components? Using TFS?

Back in March, I wrote about the WhiteSource Bolt extension for VSTS. This is a fantastic way to automate security checks for open source vulnerabilities in the release pipeline of your team project. The most frequent question I’ve received is, When can we have this for TFS too? I’m happy to announce that the extension… Read more

Defining variables while creating a Release in RM

We have had a number of customers ask us how they can create / define variables while creating a Release, similar to how they can do this while queueing a Build.  So I thought I would write a quick blog that explains how this can be done. For reference, below is the screenshot of how… Read more

Build 2017 Recap

It was a busy week for everyone last week at the Build 2017 conference in Seattle. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the conference and stop by the DevOps area to talk about VSTS. Even for the people that were there in person it is impossible to catch everything, but also for the… Read more

Global DevOps Bootcamp June 17th

On June 17th 2017, the always awesome community of individuals passionate about DevOps on the Microsoft stack are coming together in a series of meet-ups around the world as part of their first Global DevOps Bootcamp. At the events you’ll learn about the latest trends and people will be sharing their DevOps experiences.  It’s a… Read more

Accelerated Continuous Testing with Test Impact Analysis – Part 2

The previous post introduced how – for a given code commit – TIA will select and run only the relevant tests required to validate that commit. Thus, without sacrificing quality, both the testrun and its enclosing CI definition will complete faster. Here is how that translated to reality for one of our teams: The top… Read more

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) IntelliJ plugin now included with JetBrains Rider IDE releases

I am pleased to announce the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) IntelliJ plugin is now built-in and provided with JetBrains Rider IDE out-of-the-box. The plugin is a result of a partnership between JetBrains and Microsoft. Previously, both of our companies provided separate plugins accessing certain features of VSTS and TFS…. Read more

Deploying Applications to Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets

This blog post shows how you can deploy an application from Visual Studio Team Services to Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set.  An application running on a VM Scale Set is typically deployed in one of the two ways: Install new software on a platform image at deployment time by using VM extensions. Create a custom… Read more

Inviting directory guests to AAD-backed VSTS accounts

On April 12th, Azure announced the General Availability of Azure AD B2B Collaboration. In a nutshell, it allows you to easily invite guests into your Azure Active Directory (AAD). As a Visual Studio Team Services customer, this enables you to invite guests into your AAD backed VSTS accounts in two steps: Step 1: In the… Read more