Visual Studio Team Services Features Timeline

Last Update: 10/26/2016

Features under development

This feature list is a peek into the TFS 15. It identifies some of the significant features we are currently working on and a rough timeframe for when you can expect to see them. It is not comprehensive but is intended to provide some visibility into key investments. Most features are linked to a blog post and/or UserVoice entry where you can learn more and comment. These features and dates are the current plans at this time and are subject to change. The “Planned Date” reflects when the feature will be available on VSTS and the “Server” column reflects when it will be available in TFS on-premises, if applicable.

We are planning to update this list with our latest plans by early November.

Planned Date Feature Server
2016 Q3 Work item process customization – Custom work item types, lightweight rules, new layouts TBD
2016 Q3 Work items – search preview TBD
2016 Q3 Work items – new delivery timeline view TFS 15
2016 Q3 Git web improvements – cherry-pick/revert from web, find a file, branch management improvements TFS 15
2016 Q3 Build tasks - Cloud Foundry, SpringSource, UrbanCode, Fortify… TFS 15
2016 Q3 SonarQube integration – better support for Java, more analysis plugins TBD
2016 Q3 Manage package promotion and release with quality descriptors TFS 15
2016 Q3 RM - Azure deployment improvements TFS 15
2016 Q3 RM - Audit history, shared task groups, manual steps, etc. TFS 15
2016 Q3 RM - release traceability to packages TBD
2016 Q3 .NET Core-based Build/RM agent – single agent(windows and xplat systems) simplifies existing tasks/task extension developments TFS 15
2016 Q3 Test – traceability from automated test results to requirements TFS 15
2016 Q3 Public preview for cloud reporting experience --
2016 Q3 Commerce in the marketplace TFS 15
2016 Q4 Import team project collections from on-premises TFS to VS Team Services limited preview --
2016 Q4 Package protocols – npm support (Public Preview) TBD
2016 Q4 Work items - New progress timeline view TBD
2016 Q4 TFVC support for IntelliJ and VS Code TFS 15
2016 Q4 Code search indexing of Git branches TBD
2016 Q4 Code search on-premises TFS 15
2016 Q4 Git web improvements – import repo, revamped history experience w/graph, continued usability/styling improvements, etc. TBD
2016 Q4 Agent-based multi-machine deployments TBD
2016 Q4 Test impact analysis in CI TBD
2016 Q4 Build – Jenkins support including Pull Request policy integration, link work items, auto-trigger release TBD
2016 Q4 Build – multi-job builds, shared variables, counter variables, conditional tasks TBD
2016 Q4 Package Management on-premises TFS 15
2016 Q4 Package Management - Personal Access Token support TFS 15
2016 Q4 RM - private azure CI/RM agent pools – provide your own image, we manage the lifetime TBD
2016 Q4 Test - full Microsoft Test Manager parity in web Test hub experience TFS 15
2016 Q4 Test execution improvements TFS 15
2016 Q4 Multiple accounts per “organization” --
2016 Q4 On-premises connected experience for Marketplace extensions TFS 15

Current features

The features timeline lists significant features delivered to Visual Studio Team Services and the corresponding version of Team Foundation Server. Versions in the server column are linked to the appropriate download location. You can also view the build numbers for each version.

Service Feature Server
12 Oct 2016 New navigation on by default --
Cherry-pick and revert Future
Commit page improvements Future
Configurable compare branch Future
Find a file or folder Future
Suggested value in work item pick lists --
Xcode 8 Signing and Exporting Packages in the Xcode Build Task Future
FindBugs in the Gradle build task Future
Email support for AAD groups --
Multiple schedules in releases Future
Azure resource group improvements --
Azure CLI task --
Simplified Azure endpoint creation --
Test & Feedback extension general availability --
Visual Studio subscribers automatically use their free license --
21 Sep 2016 Attachments live preview Future
Work item type layout improvements Future
Disable work item types --
Import Repository Future
Markdown preview button Future
Confirmation for deleting repos Future
Add .gitignore during repo creation Future
Verify bugs from work item Future
Xcode Build task xcpretty formatting Future
Publish Jenkins test and code coverage results Future
Build summary for Maven and Gradle tasks Future
FindBugs and CheckStyle in Maven build tasks Future
Deployment status widget Future
2 Sep 2016 Custom work item types --
Work item history tab TFS 15
Managing a NuGet package’s lifecycle TFS 15
Build queue tab TFS 15
Hosted build pool build agent migration TFS 15
Xamarin license step removed TFS 15
Jenkins with untrusted SSL certificates TFS 15
Apple App Store extension TFS 15
Request Feedback TFS 15
Checkstyle static analysis TFS 15
Deployment manual intervention TFS 15
Service endpoint improvements TFS 15
SQL database deployment task TFS 15
User lifecycle management improvements --
17 Aug 2016 Pull Request improvements:
Redesigned UI
Comments, now with markdown and emoji
Auto-complete pull requests waiting on policies
TFS 15
Clone Git repositories from your browser using Tower TFS 15
Download packages without NuGet TFS 15
Packages: Get started quickly TFS 15
Queue Jenkins jobs from builds and releases TFS 15
Jenkins service hook enhancements TFS 15
Run SSH commands on remote machines from builds and releases TFS 15
Create archives from builds and releases TFS 15
Copy files over SSH from builds and releases TFS 15
Download Jenkins artifacts to builds and releases TFS 15
Use FTP or FTPS to upload files from builds and releases TFS 15
Google Play Extension improvements --
Maven and Gradle tasks produce a build summary when running a SonarQube analysis --
Work item templates TFS 15
Quickly “Unfollow” work item TFS 15
Drag and drop attachments TFS 15
Assigned to Me widget TFS 15
Dashboard permissions TFS 15
Configure test outcomes for tests across different test suites TFS 15
Test Run and Test Result summary - traceability to Releases and manual test artifacts TFS 15
Unpublish extension - Removing a public extension from the Marketplace --
Rate Limits – Delaying user requests to avoid outages --
29 Jul 2016 Git and TFVC – History view and diff view updates TFS 15
Restrict Package Management feed creation TFS 15
Release management improvements – Azure deployments, release policies:
Agent queue management
Azure deployments
Policies – Soft delete releases
Policies – Retention of releases and builds
Release definition authoring improvements – linked artifacts improvements
Release – redeploy after success
TFS 15
Test traceability and release environments support in Test History TFS 15
Exploratory testing improvements – view unexplored work items, capture web page load data TFS 15
Dashboard improvements TFS 15
Java PMD analysis in Gradle build task TFS 15
User management – export users and licenses --
Backlog extension points TFS 15
7 Jul 2016 Resizable WIT charts on dashboards TFS 15
Filter boards to a parent work item TFS 15
Links front and center TFS 15
Test settings configuration for Kanban board TFS 15
Comment tracking for pull requests TFS 15
Browse Code Coverage reports in the web TFS 15
Maven and Gradle tasks produce a build summary when running a SonarQube analysis TFS 15
Agent queue role-based security TFS 15
Task-level time-outs TFS 15
Import/Export/Clone release definition TFS 15
Web app deployment using ARM TFS 15
Partially successful deployments TFS 15
View and download attachments associated with releases TFS 15
Github artifacts for RM TFS 15
.NET SQL Extension TFS 15
Image action log in Web Test runner TFS 15
Order tests in Test hub TFS 15
Pick a build to test with TFS 15
17 Jun 2016 Git & TFVC – Browsing branches TFS 15
Git & TFVC – Ahead/behind TFS 15
Git & TFVC – Branch picker includes “Mine” TFS 15
Git & TFVC – Path control TFS 15
Git & TFVC – File type icons TFS 15
Work Items – An improved header TFS 15
Work Items – Custom states TFS 15
Exploratory Testing – Insights TFS 15
Exploratory Testing – Auto stop screen recordings TFS 15
Screen recording support in Web runner (for Chrome) TFS 15
Bugs filed as children – Web runner / Exploratory testing extension TFS 15
Test – History across branches TFS 15
Test – Automated testing for SCVMM and VMWare TFS 15
Release – Test status visibility TFS 15
Release – Support Java PMD analysis in Maven build task TFS 15
Release – Passing oauth tokens to scripts TFS 15
Build – Enable path filters for Git CI triggers TFS 15
Build – Updated hosted pool software TFS 15
Dashboards – Resizable query results widget TFS 15
Third-party plugins – Jenkins plug-in to RM TFS 15
Marketplace – Publisher review responses TFS 15
Team Rooms – Build vNext support TFS 15
6 Jun 2016 Brazil region for Visual Studio Team Services --
1 Jun 2016 Filtering in Kanban board TFS 15
Process configuration REST APIs TFS 15
Dashboards REST APIs TFS 15
SSH clients can connect to Git repos 2015.3
Redesigned Branches page TFS 15
Create and send links to specific sections of code TFS 15
API updates for package management TFS 15
Screenshot and system info support in Chrome Web runner TFS 15
Ordering of tests in Test Hub TFS 15
Docker integration for build and release management TFS 15
SonarQube results in pull request view TFS 15
Test results trend for build TFS 15
Service hooks for release management TFS 15
TeamCity artifacts for release management TFS 15
Release Management Client SDK TFS 15
6 May 2016 Email improvements TFS 15
Checkbox control TFS 15
Work Item page management --
Turning board annotations on/off TFS 15
Clear Formatting command TFS 15
Dashboard updates TFS 15
Adding attachments during manual testing TFS 15
Test plan/suite columns TFS 15
Build and release summary updates TFS 15
Release Management repository linking TFS 15
Copy, Export, and Import release definitions TFS 15
Schedule based deployments TFS 15
Release Management REST APIs TFS 15
Simplified Release definition wizard TFS 15
New Release Management job execution variables TFS 15
Improved build and pull request traceability TFS 15
Team Project rename permission TFS 15
Admin settings Work hub TFS 15
UX improvements TFS 15
13 Apr 2016 Follow a work item TFS 15
Change work item type Future
Work Item move (single or bulk) Future
Kanban board live updates TFS 15
Pick lists for work Items TFS 15
Checklist improvements TFS 15
Build to Line number TFS 15
Build log view supports much larger logs TFS 15
Java Build templates TFS 15
Xamarin Build Tasks TFS 15
Widget SDK: Reusable CSS and DOM templates 2015.3
Adding users from the team members widget 2015.3
Collection in the domain --
Release Management - Email release summary TFS 15
Release Management – Dashboard widget for release definition summary TFS 15
Release Management - Deploy based on conditions in multiple environments TFS 15
Release Management - Provision VMs or run a PS script using SCVMM extension TFS 15
24 Mar 2016 Commit traceability TFS 15
View Git LFS files in the web TFS 15
Git for Windows now includes Team Services authentication by default --
Custom multiline text fields --
Test progress from your cards TFS 15
Capture screen recordings TFS 15
Queue a Run by specifying your test suite TFS 15
Configuration management in the Test Hub TFS 15
Enable build result extensions to specify order and column TFS 15
Configure status API reporting for a build definition TFS 15
Tab contribution point TFS 15
3 Mar 2016 View test results for each release environment 2015.2
Triggers: Deploy based on completion in multiple environments (join) TFS 15
Epic and Feature board drill-down TFS 15
Exploratory testing directly from a work item TFS 15
Data collection: Image action log TFS 15
Create test cases based on Image action log data TFS 15
Assigning configurations to test plans, test suites and test cases TFS 15
Squash merge pull requests TFS 15
Clone in IntelliJ, Android Studio, etc. --
Gated builds for Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) 2015.2
Automated testing on Azure environments --
NuGet package delist --
Office connector --
16 Feb 2016 Package management is now available in Europe and Australia --
Search for extensions on Visual Studio Marketplace --
Work item query charts in the dashboard catalog 2015.2
Cumulative flow diagram widget 2015.2
Flexible build policy for Git 2015.2
SonarQube Quality Gates in Build 2015.2
RM: UI extensibility 2015.2
SCVMM support --
Exploratory Testing improvements 2015.2
Azure SQL Database Deployment task --
Delete Test Plan 2015.2
#mention 2015.2
Keyboard shortcuts for Kanban board 2015.2
25 Jan 2016 Public preview of the dashboard widget SDK --
Create branch and links to related artifacts 2015.2
Build widgets in the catalog 2015.2
Markdown widget with file from repository 2015.2
Auto-refresh dashboards 2015.2
Richer visualizations in the build summary page 2015.2
View passed test results and file bugs in build summary page 2015.2
Test summary in build status notification email 2015.2
Support for editing tags in the bulk edit dialog 2015.2
Deleting a custom field --
Keyboard shortcuts 2015.2
Test plan improvements 2015.2
Exploratory testing improvements 2015.2
Release orchestration improvements --
UI extensibility for release management --
Search scope selector TFS 15
Search across Git and TFVC projects TFS 15
10 Dec 2015 Custom work item fields --
Work item discussion --
Work item history improvements --
Deleting work items 2015.2
Dashboards edit mode 2015.2
Keyboard shortcuts 2015.2
On-Premises support for Exploratory Testing extension: --
Scope code search using path filters 2015.2
24 Nov 2015 Git and TFVC in the same team project 2015.1
Package Management build tasks 2015.2
Implement a task once for multiple platforms 2015.2
Pull Request Widget for Dashboards 2015.2
@mention and #ID in code 2015.2
Reordering cards on boards 2015.2
Global shortcut keys 2015.2
18 Nov 2015 Extensions and Marketplace --
Release Management public preview --
Package Management public preview --
Code Search public preview --
Test Results in Build 2015.2
Exploratory Testing extension --
Test Manager extension --
30 Oct 2015 Dashboards 2015.1
Improved pull request experience 2015.1
Manual test iteration results 2015.1
Retention policy for test results 2015.1
Reorder and re-parent tasks from the Kanban board 2015.1
PREVIEW: New Work Item form TFS 15
8 Oct 2015 Azure Active Directory Group support --
Starting with Git, made easy 2015.1
Improved commit details 2015.1
SonarQube analysis from a Maven build task 2015.1
PREVIEW: New Work Item form TFS 15
18 Sep 2015 Inline tasks on the Kanban board 2015.1
Query and display of Kanban fields 2015.1
Multi-select items on the backlog 2015.1
Branch policy to require linked work items 2015.1
Export test outcomes 2015.1
Work item trend and rollup reporting in Power BI --
Support for publishing xUnit results 2015.1
26 Aug 2015 Rename columns in place 2015.1
Choosing users for capacity planning 2015.1
Burndown with available capacity 2015.1
SonarQube analysis build tasks 2015.1
7 Aug 2015 Multi-select items on the product backlog 2015.1
Reorder cards when changing columns 2015.1
Color tags and titles on your cards 2015.1
Libraries for integrating with Visual Studio Team Services now available at --
22 Jul 2015 Power BI reporting on Work Item data --
17 Jul 2015 Multiple activities per team member 2015.1
Configure settings directly from backlogs/boards 2015.1
Hide empty fields on cards 2015.1
Card coloring on Taskboard 2015.1
Drag any item to an iteration from anywhere 2015.1
Build your projects hosted in GitHub --
New Visual Studio Team Services integrations --
7 Jul 2015 Card coloring on Kanban board 2015.1
Personal access tokens TFS 15
Adding work directly to a sprint 2015.1
3 Jun 2015 Kanban swim lanes 2015
#Mention work items 2015.1
Automated testing in Build vNext 2015.1
Team settings API 2015
15 May 2015 Build vNext 2015
Backlog navigation update 2015
Opt-in to portfolio backlogs 2015
Improved SAFe support 2015
Kanban collapsed columns 2015
Git branch policies 2015
Power BI & VSO --
11 May 2015 Application Insights:
iOS and Android support
Performance counters for Java applications
Unhandled exceptions in Java apps
Drag-across to select a time range
8 May 2015 Australia region for Visual Studio Team Services --
29 April 2015 Application Insights Public Commercial Preview --
29 April 2015 Extensions 2015.2
27 Apr 2015 Adding fields to cards 2015
Kanban board filtering 2015
Card options on the Taskboard 2015
Account restore --
24 Apr 2015 Team Project Rename 2015
22 Apr 2015 Application Insights:
Synthetic data filtering
New usage experience for ASP.NET, Java and other applications
Daily Active User calculations
17 Apr 2015 CodeLens General Availability on Visual Studio Team Services --
10 Apr 2015 Configure cards 2015
Markdown editing for definition of done 2015
CFD options 2015
Web history view for Git projects 2015
27 Mar 2015 Application Insights: Save search page, pause export and export on alert fail --
10 Mar 2015 Current iteration query token 2015
Reordering on the Kanban board 2015
Kanban definition of done 2015
Responsive card sizes 2015
Bugs on the Taskboard 2015
Syntax highlight for XML, Sass, Objective-C, R 2015
CodeLens for accounts in West Europe --
9 Mar 2015 Application Insights support for Java --
18 Feb 2015 Adding and editing directly from the board 2015
Split columns on the Kanban board 2015
Assign multiple people to test suites 2015
Application Insights in the Azure Preview Portal --
13 Feb 2015 Limited preview for Code Search --
29 Jan 2015 Application Insights support for Windows Phone and Windows Store Applications --
27 Jan 2015 Basic license upgraded 2015
Reordering on the Taskboard 2015
Unparented Tasks on the Taskboard 2015
Inline editing on the Kanban board 2015
15 Jan 2015 VS Online ISO 27001 Certification --
17 Dec 2014 Quick code editing 2015
Filtering on backlogs and queries 2015
Sprint backlog and task board improvements 2015
New integrations: Slack and Azuqua --
Preview APIs for adding and updating files in source control 2015
CodeLens for Visual Studio Team Services --
11 Dec 2014 Application Insights Status Monitor and SDK updates --
Application Insights includes telemetry export and segmentation editing --
2 Dec 2014 Identity control and avatars 2015
Pull Request improvements 2015
Taskboard changes 2015
Kanban board persisted column headers 2015
Sharing personal queries 2015
12 Nov 2014 Release Management Preview as Visual Studio Team Services service --
4 Nov 2014 Bugs on the backlog 2013.4
Test execution charts 2013.4
Recent test results 2013.4
Preview Markdown and HTML files in Code Explorer 2015
Browse link dialog 2013.4
REST batch support 2015
Third-party OAuth scopes 2015
28 Oct 2014 European Datacenter --
Visual Studio Team Services REST API version 1.0 is here --
Service hooks is out of preview --
14 Oct 2014 Test artifacts as work items 2013.3
Copy and paste query results 2013.4
23 Sep 2014 Maximizing text area fields 2013.4
Navigating to links 2013.4
Work item performance improvements 2013.4
4 Sep 2014 Work Item query improvements 2013.4
Quick search through tree controls 2013.4
Longer trend charts 2015
Test Cases related to Test Suites 2013.4
WIT REST API v1.2 2015
Event and resource versioning within service hooks --
27 Aug 2014 A license for Stakeholders 2013.4
18 Aug 2014 Project Welcome pages 2015
Tagging support in the Test Hub 2013.4
21 Jul 2014 Using corporate identities with existing accounts --
Viewing existing projects in the Azure Preview Portal --
Trend charts + aggregation 2013.4
Test Hub added to the Advanced License --
Deleting your account --
1 Jul 2014 Hiding work in progress on the backlog 2013.3
Full Screen on the backlog and boards 2013.4
Move to position on the backlog 2013.4
10 Jun 2014 Pull Requests 2013.4
20 May 2014 Using corporate identities --
Copy/Paste shared parameter data between VS Online and Excel 2013.3
End of data export period --
12 May 2014 Integrate with Visual Studio Team Services --
Service Migration with OpsHub --
3 Apr 2014 General Availability of Visual Studio Team Services --
Application Insights Limited Preview --
Shared Parameters for Test Cases 2013.2
18 Mar 2014 Getting started with Application Insights --
Search across your application trace logs --
28 Feb 2014 Build support for Java code managed in Git 2013.2
Java JDK, Ant, and Maven libraries preinstalled in hosted build --
Maven support for TF version control projects 2013
10 Feb 2014 Exporting test artifacts 2013.2
New “create tags” permission 2013.2
22 Jan 2014 Querying tags 2013.2
Removing weekends from the Burndown 2013.2
Configurable CFD dates 2013.2
11 Dec 2013 Application Insights - Response Stacked Distribution --
Application Insights - Windows Store App support --
Asynchronous backlogs 2013.2
13 Nov 2013 Commercial preview --
Application Insights limited preview --
Live editing of Windows Azure sites --
8 Nov 2013 Work item chart pinning 2013.2
21 Oct 2013 New account and project pages 2013.2
17 Oct 2013 Build images updated to VS 2013 --
30 Sep 2013 New languages supported for code syntax highlighting 2013.2
Color picking in charts 2013.2
Column options for the test case grid view 2013.2
9 Sep 2013 Work item charts 2013
Bulk edit of test cases 2013
Delete a team project 2013
Work items from code discussion 2013
19 Aug 2013 Improved code commenting 2013
29 Jul 2013

Improved permission management for Git repos 2013
Team room Git push events 2013
Deleting team rooms 2013
10 Jul 2013

Backlog mapping 2013
Team permission changes 2013
26 Jun 2013 Windows 8.1 support in hosted build --
Paste images into work items in the web 2013
Open Microsoft Test Runner from web 2013
19 Jun 2013 Agile Portfolio Management updates - view filter and quick decompose 2013
Open MTM from web 2013
Admin panel color change 2013
3 Jun 2013 Agile Portfolio Management 2013
Lightweight code commenting 2013
Team Room 2013
Create/modify test plans through Web UI 2013
Cloud load testing --
28 May 2013

Build IaaS --
Git alerts 2013
Backlog updates - name changed to "backlogs" and now backlogs show all items until they reach the completed state 2013
13 May 2013

Work item colors based on process template settings 2013
Usability updates - icon updates and sentence casing 2013
Navigation updates in Web UI, including ability to view past iterations 2013
Git multi-repo support 2013
22 Mar 2013 Branches view for Git 2013
TCM Improvements - bulk edit test step pass/fail, double click test step reorder, hover over inline images 2013
4 Mar 2013 Customizable Kanban columns 2012.2
TCM improvements - edit test steps when running tests 2012.2
Annotate/Blame for version control 2012.2
Scheduled builds for Git-based projects 2013
11 Feb 2013 Continuous Integration for Git 2013
TCM improvements - view test step attachments when running tests, add attachments when running tests, pause and resume tests in Test Runner 2012.2
WIT tagging cleanup for unused tags 2012.2
Download as Zip for version control 2012.2
30 Jan 2013 Work item tagging 2012.2
Git support 2013
Test Hub in Web UI 2012.2
21 Jan 2013 Changeset context menu in Web UI 2012.2
9 Jan 2013 Account rename of Team Foundation Service account --
7 Jan 2013 Email work items from backlog 2012.2
Search for changesets by ID in Web UI 2012.2
Full screen mode for code viewing 2012.2
Inline diff of images in version control 2012.2
Collapsible left pane in all left panels in Web UI 2012.2
10 Dec 2012 Renamed Source to Code in Web UI hub 2012.2
Code Explorer updates in Web UI 2012.2
Hosted build updates for Azure SDK 1.8, TypeScript 0.8.1, and VS 2012 Update 1 --
19 Nov 2012 Send work items in email from TFS web access 2012.2
Build file counts and sizes in summary reports 2012.2
31 Oct 2012 General availability of Team Foundation Service --
29 Oct 2012 Build drops --
8 Oct 2012 400 character server paths for version control 2012.1
17 Sep 2012 Drag/drop in sprint planning to assign to person or activity 2012.1
Web usability improvements (tabs and UX modified, collapse left pane in work items) 2012.1
Process template updates to Agile 6.1 and Scrum 2.1 2012.1
27 Aug 2012 Improved source browsing, viewing, and searching 2012.1
Improved source "diff" 2012.1
Hosted builds of SharePoint components --
Basic authentication support --
13 Aug 2012 Kanban board 2012.1
Cumulative Flow Diagram 2012.1
WIP Limits 2012.1
6 Aug 2012 Drag/drop in task board to move tasks between people and stories 2012.1
Azure continuous deployment summary report 2012.1

Server Build Numbers

Release Build
2015.3 14.102.25423.00
2015.2 14.95.25122.00
2015.1 14.0.24720.00
2015 RTM 14.0.23128.00*
2013.4 12.0.31101.00
2013.3 12.0.30723.00
2013.2 12.0.30324.00
2013 RTM 12.0.21005.01
2012.3 11.0.60610.01
2012.2 11.0.60315.01
2012.1 11.0.51106.01
2012 RTM 11.0.50727.01

  • TFS 2015 RTM has multiple build numbers, due to the componentized nature of its build and packaging process. The number of the installer, which will show up in Add/Remove Programs, is 14.0.23129.01. The number of the majority of the assemblies, which will show up in the TFS Administration Console, is 14.0.23128.00.