License Update Visual Studio Online and maybe TFS 2013.4


With all the nice stuff included in TFS web access you probably have a lot of Stakeholders who are interested in using TFS web access. Up to now to use the Backlog and other stuff you needed a TFS CAL or pay 20$ per user per month in Visual Studio Online.

Now Microsoft have decided to let Stakeholders use much of this for free in Visual Studio Online with a new Stakeholder license. This will probably be introduced to on Premises TFS in TFS 2013.4 as a part of the “Limited User Access”

What will be able to do

  • 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.)

Access to the Test Hub in Visual Studio Online

If you want access to the Test hub in TFS Web Access you need Visual Studio Premium, Ultimate or Test professional. If you are an acceptance tester and only need access to the Test Hub that might be a bit expensive, the cheapest version you can buy is Visual Studio Test professional.

Microsoft has now decided to include this in the Visual Studio Online Advanced plan. At the moment this will not be included in on premises TFS.

TFS 2013.3

TFS 2013.3.2

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TFS 2013.2.1

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Lansering av TFS 2013 27-29/11 (SWE)


In samband med lanseringen av TFS 2013 kommer vi tillsammans med Microsoft bjuda in till ett antal lanseringsevenemang i Malmö (27/11), Göteborg (28/11) och Stockholm (29/11). Under seminariet (som är kostnadsfritt) kommer vi gå igenom nyheterna i … [Continue reading]

Transcendent Group ALM blir Solidify AB (Swe)


Transcendent Groups satsning inom ALM området har tidigare legat som ett affärsområde inom Transcendent Group. Nu har vi valt att ta nästa steg och omvandla affärsområdet till ett fristående bolag med namnet Solidify, detta för att helhjärtat kunna … [Continue reading]

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: … [Continue reading]

License changes in TFS 2013 for Agile planning

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Microsoft includes InRelease deployment tool in TFS 2013


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TFS 2013 Preview installation

1 TFS2013

  As I wrote in an earlier blog Microsoft announced a Visual Studio 2013 Go-Live preview at the Build summit at the end of June. I decided to try the upgrade one of our TFS 2012 servers.   Hardware requirements  TFS 2013 has new … [Continue reading]