TFS 2013.4

TFS 2013.4 is out with a lot of nice stuff


My favorite is the new Stakeholder access level

You probably have a lot of Stakeholders who are interested in using TFS web access. Up to now to use the Backlog and other features you needed a TFS CAL.

Now Microsoft have decided to let Stakeholders use much of this for free a new Stakeholder license replacing the “Limited User Access”.

What will be able to do with the Stakeholder access level is:

  • Full read/write/create on all work items
  • Create, run and save (to “My Queries”) work item queries
  • View project and team home pages
  • Access to the backlog, including add and update (but no ability to reprioritize the work)
  • Ability to receive work item alerts

What they won’t be able to do

  • No access to Code, Build or Test hubs.
  • No access to Team Rooms
  • No access to any administrative functionality (Team membership, license administration, permissions, area/iterations configuration, sprint configuration, home page configuration, creation of shared queries, etc.)

The basic access level

You need a TFS CAL for this

  • View My Work Items
  • Standard Features
  • Agile boards
  • Basic backlog and sprint planning tools
  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Chart Viewing
  • Code
  • Build
  • Administer account
  • Advanced home page
  • Advanced backlog and sprint planning tools

The Advances Access Level

You need MSDN Premium, Ultimate or Test Professional for this

  • View My Work Items
  • Standard Features
  • Agile boards
  • Basic backlog and sprint planning tools
  • Request and Manage Feedback
  • Test case management
  • Team rooms
  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Chart Viewing
  • Chart Authoring
  • Code
  • Build
  • Administer account
  • Advanced home page
  • Advanced backlog and sprint planning tools
  • Advanced portfolio management


Agile planning

There are lots of new small Agile planning features. Here are some of them.

  • Full screen mode in all HTML fields
  • Sometimes Teams want to have the bugs in the backlog and sometimes not. Now each team can choose regardless of project template.


  • They have increased the number of items you can have in the first and last columns on the Kanban board to 999.
  • Charting as a nice and easy way to create chats from Work Items Queries, with 2013.4 we get trend diagrams.


There are also new test features connected to TFS Web Access.

Before TFS 2013.3 Test Plans and Test Suites were not stored as work items, now they are. In TFS 2013.4 Microsoft added new features for this, here are some of them.

You can work with all test work item types from Excel and even enter test steps this way.


You can work with Tags and modify your Test Cases the same way as all other work item types.

If a Test Case is connected to several Test Suites you can now see all suites it is connected to.

We get charts to show test status and you can of course pin them to you Team homepage.



TFS 2013.2

OK, this time I am a bit late…. Microsoft released TFS 2013.2 in the beginning of April, it is as the earlier updates cumulative. It’s no big update but it includes a couple of things that makes life easier for the development teams.

Tags in queries

The possibility to Tag a Work Item as been there for some time but it hasn’t been possible to use the Tags in a Work Item Query. This is now possible, the Tag field is now shown with all the other fields in the Query Editor and of course also in the result.

TFS 2013.2.1

Weekends in the Burndown

Since TFS 2012 I and a lot of my customers have been irritated that the weekends are shown in the Burdown chart. You can now finally select our working days, thank you Microsoft!

TFS 2013.2.2

Start date for the Cumulative flow diagram

Another diagram change is that you now can set a start date for the Cumulative flow diagram. The diagram shows User Stories/state over time.

Simple diagrams (Charting)

With Work Item Chart that has been around for some time it has been possible to create diagrams from a Work Item Query, you can for example show who has the most active bugs assigned at the moment. The new thing in Update 2 is that you can pin the chart in the start page, just like a Team Query.

TFS 2013.2.3

Export testplans to HTML

It has earlier been difficult to print the data in the testplans as in a report, now it’s possible to print or email the content in a testplan with test, teststeps, configuration and run settings.

TFS 2013.2.4

Microsoft release cycle.

Microsoft has since TFS 2012 increased the TFS release to about one major and 3-4 minor releases per year. Download TFS 2013 Update 2 here.

Dev.Cast 41 – Nyheter i Visual Studio 2013 ALM (SWE)

Förra veckan hade jag och Mathias Olausson en pratstund med Dag König om nyheterna i Visual Studio 2013 ALM. Lyssna in på Dags podcast här:

TFS 2013 is here!




Microsoft announced yesterday that Visual Studio and TFS 2013 will be released on November 13th, 2013. You can already download it.


What’s new then?

There is a lot of new stuff, here are the main parts:


Agile Portfolio Management

With the new agile features we can breakdown our backlog in different levels of granularity, a backlog of business initiatives can be broken down into a backlog of scenarios and then into a backlog of user stories and so on. Multiple Scrum teams can manage their own backlog of user stories/tasks that then contributes to the same higher-level backlog.


GIT support

Git will be available for the on premises version of TFS


Team Explorer

There is a new Team Explorer “home page” with direct access to the Task Board, Team Room and your latest solutions.

The pending changes windows is now detachable as in older versions of Visual Studio.


Test Management

You can now create and manage test plans from the Web Access environment.


Cloud Load testing

Load testing has been part of Visual Studio from Visual Studio 2005 but with the new Team Foundation Service based load test solution, you can load test your apps without configuring any infrastructure!


Release Management

Microsoft has acquired InRelease a release management product from InCycle Software. InRelease is a Continuous Delivery solution for .NET teams that automates the release process from Team Foundation Server up to production for faster and simpler deliveries


Team Collaboration

A Team Room is a space that records everything happening in your team. You can configure what to record: notifications, checkins, builds, code reviews, and so on and it becomes a living record of the activity in the project. You can also have conversations with your Team members. It’s always “on” and “permanently” recorded.


Work Item Charting

There is a new light weight reporting/charting where you can create charts based on your queries. These charts are automatically updated when the data is updated

TFS 2013 chart

How about upgrading?

Earlier versions of TFS can be upgraded from TFS 2010 (with or without SP1) and any Go-Live version of TFS 2012 to the TFS 2013 RC. If you want to upgrade from TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 you first have upgrade to TFS 2010.


What about hardware requirements

Here are the new hardware requirements:


  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher
  • SQL 2012 SP1 (CU2 recommended) and higher.
  • SharePoint 2010 and higher

Read more here


What about older clients?

To connect to TFS 2013 you need to have Visual Studio 2010 with SP1 or later, if you have earlier versions of Visual Studio use the MSSCCI provider


How do I get it?

Here are the download links for Visual Studio and TFS 2013

If you want a complete Virtual environment everything preinstalled download Brian Kellers Virtual Machine here, its so far based on the TFS 2013 Preview.