If you use work item tracking with Visual Studio ’15’, you may have noticed that work items now open in a browser window. This change to how you interact with work items allows us to provide you with a number of benefits.
One work item experience for all platforms
Work items are canvases for discussion and collaboration. With this change, every person you share work items with, from Engineers to PMOs to Stakeholders, have a common experience, no matter what client they are using.
Write extensions once
Extensions created for the form can be designed and developed once and still be available from any client. They can target pages, groups, context menus, and controls on the form. You can learn more about how to extend the form in our integration documentation.
More improvements at a faster pace
We’ve already begun to leverage the benefits of focusing on the web form, releasing new features like…
- Improved discussions with @mentions to pull individuals into the conversation and #mentions to link related work items
- Development, related work, and links controls
- The ability to follow work item changes
- Checkbox controls
- Data density and usability improvements
In the future we will add…
- Additional custom controls
- Redesigned history and attachments experiences
- Improved views for mobile devices
VS features now in the web
We are conscious that this is a significant change to the workflows of some of our users. To ensure that this is a smooth transition, we have also added several features to the web.
- The Power Tools VS extension templating features are being brought to the web as a first-class experience. This feature will be available in TFS ’15’ RC2 or for hosted accounts with the 104 deployment of Team Services.
- We are also building an extension to enable opening work items in Excel directly from queries and backlogs. This extension will be available to anyone with TFS ’15’.
- All areas of the product are working to improve performance and ease of navigation (new navigation coming in Dev15 RC2).
- To make using the web experiences more efficient, check out the keyboard shortcuts by pressing “?”.
Make the change at your own pace
We will continue to support the work item form control for one more release of VS to allow customers to change any customizations or tooling they currently rely upon. You can find the setting to switch to the legacy form in Tools > Options > Work Items.
We welcome any feedback you have on this change in VS, the new work item form, or the experience in the web in general.