Team Foundation Server goodie bag

Anyone that has been following Brian Harry over the last number of weeks would have started seeing what is in the pipeline for Team Foundation Server vNext.

As he posts about the new features, I’m getting more and more exited about the way that Microsoft is busy closing the gap between TFS and the products that TFS is usually compared to. I find that there is still a very narrow vision of finding a single feature, and then if the system you are comparing against does not support this feature as expected, it is discounted (sometimes aggressively).

Things are changing though…

One of the new features that would make a lot of SVN users very happy is the introduction of local workspaces. This is a particularly big deal as a lot of people seem to have problems with working in “offline” scenarios.

Another contentious issue has always been the rollback ability within TFS source control. A large number of people may not have known this, but rollbacks in TFS have actually been possible for a while now. Granted a bit of a hassle as a “true” rollback was only possible via command line.
Well not any more. According to Brian, the next version of the TFS Power Tools will be bringing forward the Rollback “UI” from the next release.

Considering how TFS as a product is maturing while taking the community into consideration, I must admit that making a decision to take the passion I have for TFS, building a business around it while sharing it with the world, was probably the best thing I could have done.
After all, who would have ever expected a Microsoft supported “cross platform” Java based environment and API for TFS to appear?

I can’t wait to see what is coming next!

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BTW: If you are considering upgrading to Visual Studio 2010 or TFS 2010, please do evaluate your Software Assurance options…