Manage your team’s code, build and test your apps, and plan and track your team’s work with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server on your own server, or Visual Studio Online in the cloud.
|Set up: Set up TFS, create a team project, and add team member accounts.
If you don’t want to manage an on-premises server, you can use Visual Studio Online.
To understand all deployment options available, see the TFS install guide.
|Code: Share and build your code using Team Foundation version control (TFVC) or Git.
|Work: Plan projects, track work, collaborate as a team, and report progress.
Create your backlog, work in sprints, chart progress, and collaborate using team rooms. Storyboard ideas and get feedback on working software.
To access Agile planning tools and many team collaboration tools, you need to work in Team Web Access. Other tools, such as My Work and Build Explorer, you access from Team Explorer. For an overview of all clients that connect to TFS, jump to this section.
|Build: Set up your on-premises build server and define your build processes.
|Test: Test your application.
Plan tests and track progress for each milestone. Run manual or automated tests, including performance and stress tests.
Deploy your applications into virtual environments to enable more sophisticated development and testing. Virtual machines can run on any virtualization framework that is managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).
|Project supporters||Work item tracking, queries, and alerts (WIT)||Stakeholder (unlimited)|
|Project managers||WIT + Agile planning backlog and task boards||Basic (5 free users)|
|Developers||Code + Build + WIT + Agile planning backlog and task boards||Basic (5 free users)|
|Testers||All of the above + Team rooms + Test management||Advanced|
|Portfolio managers||All of the above + Cross-team portfolio management||Advanced|
A Basic license is assigned to all users who have purchased Visual Studio Online Basic, Visual Studio Online Professional and Visual Studio Professional with MSDN. An Advanced license is assigned to all users who have purchased Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN, Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN, and MSDN Platforms.
To plan licenses for your team, review Visual Studio Online licenses and their pricing or compare licenses here. You don’t need to buy licenses for users who have eligible MSDN subscriptions because they include Visual Studio Online.
For on-premises TFS deployments, download the Visual Studio 2013 and MSDN Licensing Whitepaper.
Here is a detailed chart of those features each licensed role has access to.
|Work item tracking (Note 1)|
|Work item tagging||Limited access (2)|
|Work item queries|
|Agile planning backlog and task boards||Limited access (3)|
|Portfolio management, backlogs, and boards||Limited access (3)||Limited access (3)|
|View/author query-based charts||View only||View only|
|View/author custom reports (4)|
|Request and manage feedback|
|Access to source and builds|
|Seamless source and issue integration|
|Team (chat) rooms|
|Integration with flexible REST APIs|
|Customizable dashboards and wallboards||View only|
|Customizable workflows and work items||Use only|
|Administer accounts, users, and project structure|
- Work item tracking includes bug, defect, task, and work flow management.
- Stakeholders can add existing tags to a work item but not specify new tags.
- Users with limited access can’t reorder items or move items on the board. They can add, open, and edit backlog work items, however all entries are added to the bottom of the backlog. Users also have no access to mapping functions. To learn more about portfolio management, see Agile Portfolio Management.
- Custom reports are only supported for TFS on-premises deployments that are configured with SQL Server Analysis Services and SQL Server Reporting Services. For users of Visual Studio Online, there is unofficial support for creating reports using Team Foundation Server OData API.
|Design: Model your application to better understand and meet user requirements.
Design functionality either on top of existing assets or develop a new application. Use architectural diagrams to visualize the code and communicate critical information about your team’s software.
|Diagnose: Improve your application using diagnostic tools.
Write, unit test, debug, analyze, and profile your application.
|Deploy: Improve the process of managing the release of your app.
Deploy your app to a specific environment for each separate stage. Manage the steps in the process with approvals for each step.
|Monitor: Make sure your live app is running OK and find out how it’s being used.
Instrument your live web app to measure its performance and watch for anomalies or exceptions, as well as monitoring its availability from around the globe. Log usage data in your deployed Windows Phone or web app to tune it better to your users’ needs.
Application Insights is in preview.
|Administer: Configure servers, add functionality, manage access and permissions, and maintain server operations.
TFS is designed to scale to support small development groups to large enterprises.
|Customize: Customize project tracking data, forms, workflow, and other objects.
To meet your business workflow processes and organizational structure, you can customize many elements within TFS.
The following table shows which TFS tools are available, based on the Visual Studio edition. For a more detailed comparison of features, go here.
|Application lifecycle||Visual Studio Professional 2013||Visual Studio Premium 2013||Visual Studio Ultimate 2013||Visual Studio Test Professional 2013|
|Source code management (TFVC or Git)|
|Test (see note 1)|
|Collaborate (work item tracking and Agile planning tools) (2)|
|Architecture, modeling, and design|
- Microsoft Test Manager, a separate Team Foundation client, lets you manage and execute test cases and create and manage physical or virtual environments. It installs with select Visual Studio editions.
- Access to select tools and features, such as Agile portfolio management and test management from TWA requires Advanced access.
- Visual Studio Professional is a unified development experience that enables developers to create multi-tier applications across the web, cloud, and devices.
- Visual Studio Premium offers an integrated ALM solution to bring together stakeholders, users, and software development functions to deliver compelling applications as a unified team.
- Visual Studio Ultimate is the comprehensive ALM offering for organizations that develop and operate highly scalable software applications and services. It provides architecture discovery and validation tools that enable teams to maintain a high degree of architectural integrity and efficiently manage technical debt.
- Visual Studio Test Professional is ideal for testers, business analysts, product managers, and other stakeholders who need team collaboration tools, but not a full development IDE.
- Modern Application Lifecycle Management (1 hour, 11 minutes)
- What’s New for ALM in Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 (1 hour, 18 minutes)
- Climbing the Agile Testing Ladder featuring Visual Studio 2013, TFS 2013, Microsoft Test Manager 2013, and Lab Management 2013 (1 Hour, 10 minutes)
- Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012
- Professional Team Foundation Server 2012
- Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 (links to free e-book and purchase paperback)
- Install Team Foundation Server 2012: the ultimate guide for installing TFS (free e-book in many formats)
- Upgrade Team Foundation Server 2012: the ultimate upgrade guide (free e-book in many formats)