What's new for Team Foundation Server 2015
Visual Studio 2015 | Previous versions
You can use Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to manage your product lifecycle, reduce risks, and improve efficiencies. This page highlights some important features that are available with TFS 2015.
To learn about what's new with the cloud service offering, see Visual Studio Team Services Features update.
When you use Git, it's easier than ever to work with branches and see how the changes in your history diverged.
We've built a brand new scriptable build system that's web-based and cross-platform. We believe all new and most existing customers should use it instead of the XAML build system.
An updated version of Release Management is available for Visual Studio 2015 with improved usability in the client launch page, faster rendering and interactivity in other client pages, better synchronization of Active Directory and TFS security groups, and improved performance when creating new releases. Go here for more details.
In addition, a preview of the new version of Release Management is now available. This is a comprehensive and fully integrated service in Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server 2015. More details of the service, and how you can sign up for the preview, are here
Developer productivity and Application Insights
Code maps: Find out more about your code’s design, while reading less code, when using Visual Studio Enterprise. Code maps now:
Find out more about code maps.
UML diagrams: You can no longer create UML class diagrams and sequence diagrams from code, and you can no longer import UML elements from XMI files. You can still create these diagrams using new UML elements. Find out more about UML class diagrams and UML sequence diagrams.
You can no longer use Architecture Explorer to work with code maps, layer diagrams, and UML class diagrams. Use Solution Explorer, Class View, and Object Browser instead. Read more in the release notes.
With CodeLens you can find patterns in your code's change history to understand their impact. CodeLens shows change history as a chart. It is also now available in Visual Studio Professional edition. Read more in the release notes. Or, find out more about CodeLens.
Track the performance and usage of your live applications with Visual Studio Application Insights.
Agile software development
Backlog and bug management
Work item form and query enhancements
Process template enhancements
Identity selector support for distinct user selection and query on identity fields
Prior to TFS 2015, you couldn’t distinguish between users with the same display name when
assigning and querying work items. The identity selector chooses the correct user from
What does this mean for queries? When querying with Visual Studio 2013 or earlier versions, queries return results of everyone who shares the same display name. With Visual Studio 2015 and later clients, as well as the web portal for TFS 2015, queries return results only for the user you selected through the Identity selector.
Additional changes and enhancements
Access levels and licensing changes
The following new features have been introduced and are available with Basic and Advanced licenses:
- Web-based test execution
- Analyze test results and manage machine groups
The following features which previously required an Advanced license or access are now available with a Basic license or Basic access:
In addition, you can storyboard your ideas using Storyboarding using PowerPoint when you download the free Visual Studio Community edition, or other Visual Studio 2015 product.
Project rename allows you to change the name of your team project.
Learn more about the latest updates available from these resources:
- What's new in Visual Studio 2015 - to review the latest features of the Visual Studio client
- Visual Studio Team Services, Get started - to get started using our cloud offering, Visual Studio Team Services which provides end-to-end support for software development without the overhead of maintaining and managing servers.
- Visual Studio download page - to download the latest version of TFS