Microsoft is continuing to add more features to the Windows Azure-hosted version of its Team Foundation Service. Microsoft first previewed plans for a cloud-based version of its Team Foundation Server — its source-control and software-development-project-tracking tool — a year ago. The company made available a technical preview of Team Foundation Service at the Build conference in September 2011. Since then, Microsoft has continued to add new features and updates to the code. On March 27 at the VS Live conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft is announcing that a new build service has been added to the Team Foundation Service. From a blog post from Brian Harry, a Microsoft Technical Fellow in charge of Team Foundation Server: “From the beginning with tfspreview, you’ve been able to do builds, but – you had to install, manage, patch, etc the build machines yourself. With this new service, we’ve made it possible to skip that and just use a pool of build machines that we manage in the cloud (though you can still install and manage build machines if you like). And, of course, you can do more than just build – like with on-premises TFS, you can run a default workflow that includes, compilation, testing, etc or you can create a custom workflow that does whatever you like.” Microsoft officials said the new build service will be enabled on all new and existing Team Foundation Service accounts by early afternoon on March 27. “We’ve been evolving from a boxed product (Team Foundation Server)… [Read full story]
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