Last Update: 3/28/2017

Team Services | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015

Q: How do I get started?

A: To get started in the cloud or on-premises:

A: To get started with a client tool: Go to one of these pages to download a version of Visual Studio or client tool plug-in that will support connecting to a team project:

A: To get started with sharing code, work item tracking, builds, or other tasks: See Software development roles.

Q: What compatibility issues exist between client and server versions?

A: See Requirements and compatibility.

Q: Can stakeholders who don't use Visual Studio participate on our team?

A: Yes. You can provide access to stakeholders who have no CAL for the following activities:

Q: Are there other clients that connect to Team Services or TFS? Are there other tools I can use?

A: Yes. You can connect to a team project from one of these clients:


Native support for integrating TFS with Project Server is deprecated for TFS 2017. However, synchronization support is provided by a third part. See Synchronize TFS with Project Server for details.
Test Manager is deprecated for TFS 2017.

Also, you can find several open-source clients that have been added to Marketplace extensions. For example, you can install extensions to Visual Studio that support additional features:


[Team Foundation Server Power Tools] is deprecated for TFS 2017.

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