The official “V1” releases of the two most popular VS Team Services extensions out of preview today, now generally available “Code Search,” and “Test and Feedback.”
Code search is available to everyone with a Team Services “Basic” license including “5 free Basic licenses in every account,” Microsoft said. Additionally, it will also be available in TFS “15” for on premises customers. It’s in the currently available Release Candidate 2 preview.
In the initial release of TFS 15, “searches will be scoped to individual Team Project Collections.” In update 1, “we plan to enable searching across all collections on your TFS server,” writes team.
To enable it, from the marketplace, install extension, wait for some time, “as depending on your codebase size, it may take time to index all of your code and make it available for search – typically less than 30 minutes,” explained Microsoft.
Those new, “Code search enables you to search across all of your repositories (both TFVC and Git) in all of your projects. It supports simple full text search on any text file and semantic search in C#, C, C++ and Java, enabling you to look for specific code element types (like class definitions) or filter out “noise” (like comments).”
The Test and Feedback extension on the other hand can be used by Team Services/TFS Basic users, Stakeholders or, even people who don’t use TFS or Team Services at all.
It’s a browser plugin, and is currently only available for Chrome, [FireFox and Edge are in progress], lets you take screen shots, mark them up, type comments, capture your click trail and more.
Additionally, you can also easily “collect all of that data and file it as a bug in Team Services or TFS or, in stand alone mode, save it as a report and email it to someone,” explained team.
In the “connected mode”, you can connect to any TFS 2015 or later version or to VS Team Services. While, in “standalone mode” you can use the testing tool without even being a TFS or Team Services user – just test the app, save a report with all of your data and send it to someone.