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 2013.3

Microsoft just released TFS 2013.3 . There are two new features that I really like.

Test Plan and Suite customization

It’s now possible to modify Test plans and Test Suites as any other Work Item. It also means that you can query them and also see what’s  changed in their history tab.

TFS 2013.3.1

What I think is missing and what would be nice is if you could sew the relation between Test Plans, Test Suites and Test Cases as links.

Filter setting to the backlog

In TFS 2012 the “Current sprint” User Stories where not shown in the backlog, but that was changed in TFS 2013 where all User Stories where shown in the backlog. Now you can chose witch way you want it.

TFS 2013.3.2

Read more about it here. Download it here.

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.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

The second update of Visual Studio and TFS 2012 is released.

The last update, TFS 2012.1 was quite difficult to install you had the enter all accounts and settings in the application tie, TFS 2012.2 has a much better  installation experience, you install Update 2 and launch the upgrade wizard, you should see all your old settings pre-populated there.  With the exception of entering account passwords.

You will be able to install Update 2 directly on top of RTM and run the upgrade wizard.  No need to go through Update 1 first.  You could also upgrade from Update 1 or just install Update 2 on a new server without installing 2012 RTM at all.

What’s new?

Here are my favorites:

Web based Test Case Management

With the web based Test Case Management tool you will be able to run your manual test without Microsoft Test Manager. This is perfect for stakeholders running Acceptance tests or test in environments where you can’t install the Test Manager.

Test Explorer grouping/filtering tests by Class

There is is finally a better Unit test grouping/filtering experience.

A new Team Explorer connection dialogue


A new dialogue where you can see all the TFS and GIT repositories that you have connected to.

Team Foundation Server Work item Tagging

A way to tag and filter your Work Items

GIT as Version Control for TFS service

If you use TFS Service you will be able to use GIT as a source control repository, this will probably be part of the next major version of the on premises TFS.

Customize columns in the Team Foundation Kanban Board

You will be able to customize the Kanban board directly from the Web interface.

Here are all the features:

  1. Web based Test Case Management
  2. Code Map Debugger Integration and Responsiveness Improvements
  3. TDD for Windows Phone Unit Tests
  4. Test Explorer group tests by Class
  5. Web based version control Explore and Compare
  6. Send work items in email
  7. Email work items from backlogs
  8. Web version control Improvements
  9. New Team Explorer Connection dialog display multiple servers, TPCs and projects
  10. Advanced SharePoint 2010 Load Testing
  11. Team Foundation Server Work Item Tagging
  12. Extended cross browser support in Coded UI Testing
  13. Microsoft SharePoint 2013 support in Coded UI Testing
  14. Test Explorer test details improvements for Coded UI Tests
  15. Improvements in Windows Store Applications Unit Testing
  16. Test Explorer test playlists
  17. Symbol Loading improvements for IntelliTrace and Profiler
  18. While not technically part of Update 2: Git as version control on Team Foundation Service
  19. Fakes now available in Visual Studio Premium
  20. Coded user interface testing support for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7
  21. Visual Studio HTML and JavaScript profiler
  22. Enable adding attachments to test outcomes in web based test case management
  23. Enable pausing and resuming test execution in web based test case management
  24. The ability to clone test cases in Microsoft Test Manager

Read more here at the Team Foundation Server Team blog

Download it here

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Some features of Team Web Access are not visible to you

The first time you log in to TFS Web Access after installing TFS 2012 you might get the message “Some features of Team Web Access are not visible to you”. If you click show details you will see “In order to use all the features of Team Web Access, you must have the correct license and configuration. For more information”

To add users to the correct group first click “Administer Server”

Then click “Control Panel”, “Web Access” and “Limited”, “Full” or “Standard” depending on the group you want to add your users/AD-groups to.

  • Limited:
    • This level of access restricts the user so that they can only view work items that they create in Team Web Access (also known as Work Item Only View). No other features, such as team pages, are available to users in this group. For more information, see Manage Work Items in Work Item Only View (Team Web Access).
    • No client access license (CAL) is required for this level of Team Web Access.
  • Standard:
    • This is the default level of access in Team Web Access for your users. Members of this group can view all Team Web Access features except for:
      • sprint planning and backlog views
      • any of the features for requesting feedback from users and managing that feedback
    • A Team Foundation Server (TFS) CAL is required for all users with this level.
  • Full:
    • This level is reserved for users who are licensed to use all features available in Team Web Access, including the sprint planning and backlog management tools and the Request and Manage Feedback tools.
    • To use these features, your user must be licensed for one of the following MSDN subscriptions: Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, or Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN. These MSDN subscriptions each include a TFS CAL for the subscriber.

Read More in MSDN