Visual Studio 2017 RC Update, Team Services Process Customization Roadmap -Jan 2017 Announced

Team Services Process Customization Roadmap Januray 2017, update to Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate released.

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Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate update introduces a number of improvements along with "removal of the Data Science and Python Development workloads."

However, some components due to not meeting the release requirements, could not make into this release such as translation to non-English languages. They will soon appear as separate downloads.

F# is still available in the .NET Desktop and .NET Web development workloads.

Here's a summary of changes included in this release:

  • .NET Core and ASP.NET Core workload is no longer in preview. Several bugs fixes and improved usability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core Tooling is added.
  • Improvement to Team Explorer connect experience now make it easier to find the projects and repos to which you want to connect.
  • Advanced Save option is back due to popular demand.
  • Multiple installation-related issues are now fixed in this update, including hangs. We've also added a retry button when installation fails, disambiguated Visual Studio installs in the Start menu, and added support for creating a layout for offline install.

January 2017 Roadmap of Team Services Process Customization announced today gives a sneak peek at next set of customiztions planned for Team Services.

Work items in Visual Studio Team Services can be customized to meet the needs of individual organization—-with project administrators "can add/remove fields to a work item form, change the way fields are displayed on a form, define states that your work item can move through, and define your own custom work item types."

Planned dateFeature
Q1 2017
  • Add custom backlog levels
  • Improved navigation of process customization
Q2 2017
  • Define business rules for work item types
  • Add identity fields to work item types
  • REST API support for customization

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Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate.