Collaborate overview

Last Update: 5/3/2017

Team Services | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015

Here you'll find links to topics that will support your ability to collaborate with others in developing software working either in Team Services of an on-premises TFS. If you work as an administrator, you'll want to review the admin guide as well.


Some features are platform/version dependent. All features are available on Team Services. Review the topic to determine whether the feature is available for your on-premises TFS and, it it isn't, consider updating to the latest version.

Also, some features are in preview. You can turn them on or off from your user account menu.

Work across hubs and team projects

Use your Account home page to quickly navigate to teams, team projects, work items, pull requests, and more. With user-focused features, you gain quick access to the work you're most interested in.

Follow, favorites, and @mentions

Follow a specific object, such as a work item or pull request, to get notified when a change occurs to that oject. Favorite an object so that you can quickly navigate to it from your Account>Favorites page. Use @mention within work items, pull requests, and more to bring a team member into a conversation.

Find what you're looking for

There are several built-in search functions that support finding version controlled files, filtering or finding a specific branch, and searching and listing work items. Adhoc work item searches require you to install the Work item search extension which is in preview and currently supported for Team Services. Code search requires you to install the Code search Marketplace extension.

Get feedback

There are two ways to request and receive feedback on your working apps. The first is through the Request feedback link that interacts with the Microsoft feedback client. The second is through the Test & Feedback extension available for the Visual Studio Marketplace. Both tools are free and capture feedback in the Feedback Response work item type.

Productivity tips for tracking work

Use the quick add panel from the backlog pages to add user stories, requirements, or other backlog items. Use the Kanban board to quickly add and update the status of items. Add tasks or test cases to a backlog item on the Kanban board to have it automatically linked as a child of that story.

Keyboard shortcuts

If you're new to Team Services or TFS, these overview topics will help get you oriented.