TFS 2017 Update 1 – Points of Interest.

Posted by David Corbin - 15 March, 2017


The release of Update 1 for TFS 2017 brings many enhancements across the board. Although when viewed individually, many of these appear to be minor; the cumulative effect has some significant benefits. This post will cover some of the highlights, all the details can be found in the Release Notes.

General Audience Improvements:

In addition to overall improvements in the UI/UX, two specific capabilities were added to provide a more personalized experience:

  • Single Page “Launch Pad” for all Projects with Direct Access to desired Hub
  • Identity Picker now displays only those users in the appropriate scope, reducing the size of the lists.

Programmer (Code) Oriented Improvements:

  • Code Search (what is that?)
  • Code Insights - SonarQube MSBuild tasks are now available from an extension provided by SonarSource. For more details, please read SonarSource have announced their own SonarQube Team Services / TFS integration.
  • Easier control of package dependencies with Package Management Release views
  • Package Management supports
  • For developer in cross platform environments, you can now:
    • Perform Xcode 8 signing and package export from the Xcode Build task
    • Invoke xcpretty formatting from the Xcode Build task
    • Publish Jenkins test and code coverage results

Oriented Improvements:

  • Team Build
    • Rollback build definitions
    • Disable the sync and checkout of sources in a build
    • Git shallow clone and git-lfs
    • Task versioning for Build and Release definitions
  • Automated and Manual Testing
    • Run tests built using Visual Studio 2017
    • Verify bugs from work item
    • REST client helpers for Test Step operations
    • Update existing bugs from Web Runner
    • Test case description in Web Runner
    • Test hub contribution point
    • Delete test artifacts
    • Favorites for Test Plans
    • Test Impact Analysis for managed automated tests
    • Firefox support for Test & Feedback extension
  • Release Management
    • Variable groups support in Release
    • Multiple schedules in releases
    • Inline service connections in Build and Release
    • Link build artifacts from another team project
    • Azure resource group improvements
    • Azure CLI task
  • Other Items of Interest:
    • New notification settings experience
    • Project reports can now be directly added via TfsConfig [previously this was a power tool capability]
    • Announcing the Process Template Editor
  • Some Caveats:
    • Package management is now “released” meaning there are costs associated with its usage. If you have a Visual Studio Enterprise, the license is included (for you, as a single user). Others need to purchase a Package Management license in the Marketplace, for more info, please see licensing Package Management.
    • Markdown no Longer Supports File Links For more information, see Markdown guidance.
    • Team Room Deprecation – alternatives such as Slack and Microsoft Teams are now the primary recommendations for VSTS users. TFS users have a variety of additional choices.

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Topics: Blog, tfs, release management, vsts, Visual Studio, TFS 2017, Visual Studio 2017, UI, UX

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