TFS 2013 is here!

September 10, 2013

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Microsoft announced yesterday that Visual Studio and TFS 2013 will be released on November 13th, 2013. You can already download it.


What’s new then?

There is a lot of new stuff, here are the main parts:


Agile Portfolio Management

With the new agile features we can breakdown our backlog in different levels of granularity, a backlog of business initiatives can be broken down into a backlog of scenarios and then into a backlog of user stories and so on. Multiple Scrum teams can manage their own backlog of user stories/tasks that then contributes to the same higher-level backlog.


GIT support

Git will be available for the on premises version of TFS


Team Explorer

There is a new Team Explorer “home page” with direct access to the Task Board, Team Room and your latest solutions.

The pending changes windows is now detachable as in older versions of Visual Studio.


Test Management

You can now create and manage test plans from the Web Access environment.


Cloud Load testing

Load testing has been part of Visual Studio from Visual Studio 2005 but with the new Team Foundation Service based load test solution, you can load test your apps without configuring any infrastructure!



Release Management

Microsoft has acquired InRelease a release management product from InCycle Software. InRelease is a Continuous Delivery solution for .NET teams that automates the release process from Team Foundation Server up to production for faster and simpler deliveries



Team Collaboration

A Team Room is a space that records everything happening in your team. You can configure what to record: notifications, checkins, builds, code reviews, and so on and it becomes a living record of the activity in the project. You can also have conversations with your Team members. It’s always “on” and “permanently” recorded.


Work Item Charting

There is a new light weight reporting/charting where you can create charts based on your queries. These charts are automatically updated when the data is updated

TFS 2013 chart

How about upgrading?

Earlier versions of TFS can be upgraded from TFS 2010 (with or without SP1) and any Go-Live version of TFS 2012 to the TFS 2013 RC. If you want to upgrade from TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 you first have upgrade to TFS 2010.


What about hardware requirements

Here are the new hardware requirements:


  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher
  • SQL 2012 SP1 (CU2 recommended) and higher.
  • SharePoint 2010 and higher

Read more here


What about older clients?

To connect to TFS 2013 you need to have Visual Studio 2010 with SP1 or later, if you have earlier versions of Visual Studio use the MSSCCI provider


How do I get it?

Here are the download links for Visual Studio and TFS 2013

If you want a complete Virtual environment everything preinstalled download Brian Kellers Virtual Machine here, its so far based on the TFS 2013 Preview.