Yesterday, during the TechEd keynote, Brian Harry announced that Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013 will be released later this year and that a preview would be available at the end of this month during Build. You can see Brian’s blog post about the upcoming changes here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/06/03/visual-studio-2013.aspx.
Here are the highlights:
- Portfolio Management: They are introducing new work items that would be parents to a User Story: Goal -> Initiative -> Feature -> User Story. This is introduced especially to support large organizations that have lots of different teams working on different part of a solution that rolls up to a larger project.
- Git will be available on-premises. It currently is only available on TFS Service, but starting with TFS 2013 you will be able to decide between TFS Version Control and Git when you start a new team project
- Even more MTM functionality on the web. They added some Test features to Web Access with TFS 2012 Update 2, and they are taking that further. This enables test management across other operating systems where MTM could not be installed. It also allows you to manage test cases from production environments where you would not normally install MTM.
- Pending changes window is back!
- Revamped Team Explorer
- New coding indicators that easily show you your method dependencies, whether your changes break your unit tests, and more.
- Cloud Load testing – This one is huge! You will be able to create a load test and tell it to run in Azure without having to setup a test rig locally (test controller, test agent).
- They bought InRelease: http://www.incyclesoftware.com/inrelease/ and they are incorporating it within TFS. It will allow you to manage deployments to different environments, including manual & automated gates and workflows that should be followed as part of the release process.
- Team Room: This gives you a way to keep all project-related chatter and notifications in one place within your team project.
You can see a Video of Brian Keller and Brian Harry showing off these new features at their TechEd session: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2013/06/04/video-application-lifecycle-management-with-visual-studio-2013.aspx.
Overall, some really exciting stuff, I can’t wait!