Introducing Visual Studio’s Emulator for Android

This post was updated in July 2015 to reflect the latest changes. Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 now has options for Android development: C++, Cordova, and C# with Xamarin. When choosing one of those Android development options, Visual Studio will also install the brand new Visual Studio Emulator for Android to use as a target for debugging your… Read more

Announcing GVFS (Git Virtual File System)

Here at Microsoft we have teams of all shapes and sizes, and many of them are already using Git or are moving that way. For the most part, the Git client and Team Services Git repos work great for them. However, we also have a handful of teams with repos of unusual size! For example,… Read more

VSTS Process Customization futures (January 2016)

NOTE: An updated roadmap as of June 2016 is now available. Last month, we released our first major milestone for process customization – the ability to add a field and modify layout, checkout my blog post on the topic if you haven’t seen it yet.  As I shared in July, this was just the first… Read more

Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server Java Capabilities Presentation and Demonstration Now Available at

To share and explain our current Java feature set and capabilities with Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server (TFS), we have produced and published two new 30-minute videos available on our Java team’s YouTube channel. The first video provides an overview presentation of our current Java feature set and capabilities for both Team… Read more

Announcing MSTest Framework support for .NET Core RC2 / ASP.NET Core RC2

.NET Core RC2 and ASP.NET Core RC2 released just a couple of weeks back. They feature the introduction of the .NET CLI, major changes to the .NET Core SDK (formerly called DNX), the rebranding of ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core, and more. You can read about these on the .NET team blog and the .NET… Read more

Debugging C++ code on Android with Visual Studio 2015

This post has been updated to reflect the state of features in Visual Studio 2015 RTM. By now you will have heard the exciting news that Visual Studio 2015 supports C++ development on Android (and that includes an Emulator for Android). Obviously no development experience is complete without debugging support, so this means that Visual… Read more

Coded UI MTM Issues on Internet Explorer with KB2870699

        Update: Fix for VS 2012 is now available here Fix for VS 2010 SP1 is now available here         There was a recent security update (KB2870699) rolled out on Internet Explorer which has made some changes on IE11IE10IE9, affecting Coded UI Tests, MTM Record and Playback and MTM… Read more

Javascript Unit Tests on Team Foundation Service with Chutzpah

Significant investments were made in Visual Studio 2012 Unit Testing to make it extensible. A number of frameworks and test runners have built adapters for Visual Studio. Peter Provost maintains a list of Plugins here. For Javascript Unit Testing in Visual Studio, Matthew Mannela has released Chutzpah, an open source Javascript Test Runner.  Chutzpah has… Read more

Build Futures

At the Connect() developer event in November 2014 we showed a sneak peek at the investments we are making for our build automation features in TFS and Visual Studio Online. These new capabilities will be available in TFS 2015 and in Visual Studio Online starting in Q2 of 2015. TFS had build automation starting with… Read more