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Enchanced homepage, Navigation Updates, Simplified Web UI and More Coming to Team Foundation Service Dec 2011 Update

Team Foundation ServiceMicrosoft’s TFS- team-announced a significant update to-hosted Team Foundation Service. “This update, however, is the first time you’ll see significant new functionality in the service-in the 3 months since we went public with the service at //build/, we’ve pushed over a dozen updates to address bugs that customers have reported or we’ve witnessed in production,” blogged TFS team.

Here’s a top hits list of what’s coming!:

  1. Navigation Updates
    “We’ve redone the navigation model to add a bit more style, change the project/team selection to a drop down, rework administration mode and more. We’ve also fleshed out the hubs (like Source) and improved the navigation for them. We think the result is visually appealing, easier to use, and requires less navigation,” revealed TFS team.

    team foundation service navigation update

  2. Richer Homepages-for teams and team projects will-now get you visualizations of project status such as team capacity and burndown for the current iteration. You can also mark work item queries, build definitions, and source control folders as “Team Favorites”. Each team favorite appears as a tile on the home page representing the count of work items, the build status, or the count of recent check-ins.

    team foundation service enhanced homepage

  3. Simplified Web UI for Small Teams
    TFS 11 introduces a new first class concept of a “team.” Your team project can be decomposed into a set of “teams,” each with their own backlog, taskboard, favorites, etc. The current web UI delineates the web experience for team projects and teams. We know, however, that many of our users work on single-team projects where this distinction is unnecessary. To simplify things, we’ve collapsed the team project and team pages for those users. If your team project is just one team, you won’t need to switch between multiple pages.
  4. Performance
    “On our large dogfood server, I’ve seen response times for some of those pages drop by 75%. Between that and the plethora of async UI, the product really feels much more responsive,” the team revealed.
  5. E-mail Notifications
    As a user, you’ll simply provide an e-mail address and setup notifications to start receiving them. You can also subscribe your entire team to a notification if you want to make sure that everybody receives certain alerts.

    To get started, take a look at your profile settings and make sure you’ve got a legitimate e-mail address specified.

    “Along with enabling email notifications, we’ve implemented a new UI for managing subscriptions.- nd an “advanced” UI with lots of cool capabilities like expanded notification criteria, a query builder for very flexible alert definition, the ability to subscribe an entire team to an alert, and (assuming I’m an admin) the ability to manage all of the alerts in the system. All in all, it’s a much improved experience for notifications,” the TFS team said.

    team foundation service email alerts team foundation service manage alerts

  6. Forecast Lines-added-to the product backlog that will project where your iteration boundaries are likely to fall based on your team’s velocity and the estimates on your product backlog items. You can toggle it on and off from the menu above the backlog, and you can customize the velocity used to make projections.
  7. In-Tile Taskboard Editing
    On the taskboard, you can now edit the “assigned to” and “remaining work” field on the work item tiles rather than double-clicking them to open the entire work item form. This can make routine updates much easier in your daily standup,” informed TFS team.

    Team Foundation Service In-Tile Taskboard Editing

UpdateBrian has just shared an invitation code for the Team Foundation Service, “If you’ve already created an account, there’s no need to use the code. Your existing account is still working and has been upgraded to the December release. Just sign in and take a peek,” said Brian. If you don’t have an account, use this code to create an account at http://tfspreview.com.

The invitation code is: TfsDecUpdate

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