Have you been putting off upgrading TFS and now you’re ready to upgrade? Are you itching to take advantage of the great features in Team Foundation Server 2013 update 4? Are you excited to take advantage of the query-based chart authoring in Team Web Access? Do you want a better triage experience? Are you hoping for an easier way to make bugs appear on the backlog and Kanban board? Well, STOP! Delete that download. Don’t upgrade TFS.
Because the release of TFS 2015 is right around the corner! In fact, on July 20th, Visual Studio 2015 will be released and soon after that, Team Foundation 2015 RTM is going to be available to download, and there are fantastic features in TFS 2015 which will make TFS 2013 update 4 pale in comparison.
Let’s do a quick rundown of what you’ll get if you wait until TFS 2015.
1. An Expanded Basic License
With the Basic license you will now get web-based test execution, Agile portfolio management, Work item chart authoring, and Team Rooms!
2. Bugs On The Taskboard
Not only can you choose to show bugs on your backlog, but you can now have them appear on the Taskboard!
3. A New @CurrentIteration Query Token
Now you can use a new query token, “@CurrentIteration”, which returns the current iteration based on today’s date.
4. Updated Process Template Names
The names of the process templates are no longer verbose, meaning they won’t include the version name. Now they are simply “Scrum”, “Agile”, and “CMMI”. These templates are locked and you will not be able to make changes to them. To create a custom process template based on a shipped template you will need to export it, then rename it and reimport it.
5. Quick Code Editing
Now you can make a quick edit to a file using Team Web Access instead of having to pull up Visual Studio. You also have the ability to add, delete, and rename files from TWA.
6. A New, Cross-Platform Build Automation System
There’s a preview of the new build automation system in Team Web Access. Moving forward, build automation created in TFS 2010, 2012, 2013, and VSO based on the Windows Workflow engine will be referred to as XAML Builds. VSO and TFS 2015 will include the next generation of Team build as well, allowing the two build systems to run side-by-side.
7. Assign Multiple Testers To A Test Suite
You can now assign multiple testers to a suite of tests, supporting scenarios where you need multiple sign-off owners to run the same battery of tests.
8. Rename Team Projects
You couldn’t do it before, but now you can! Rename your Team Projects!
9. Updated Kanban Board Features
There are lots of great features on the Kanban board. Re-ordering on the board, split columns, and Definition of Done have been added, just to name a few new features.
10. Improved Identity Control And Avatars
A user’s avatar is now displayed in a lot more places where their name appears. In addition, the identify control is more powerful and useful!
This is just a short list of the many improvements to TFS 2015. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons you should consider waiting until Microsoft releases the next version of TFS later this month. Until then visit Visual Studio Online to see some of these new features in action . VSO is the online version of Team Foundation Server and it’s updated every 3 weeks with the latest features which will eventually show up in an on-premises update! All you need to do is sign up for your free VSO account. If you have an MSDN account, you already have access to one! Just log onto MSDN, go to MSDN Subscriptions, and look for the Visual Studio Online section of My Account. Getting familiar with the latest offerings which will be made available in TFS 2015 is good way to bide your time before the official release of TFS 2015!
Stay tuned because once TFS 2015 RTM is released we will have an offer that will make it really easy for you to upgrade!