Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Service available for free

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Eclipse or Visual Studio users, Windows 8, WPF, Web, Windows Phone, iPhone or Android developers, where do you keep the source code of your applications? Do you have a versioning of your projects? Are you working in a small team? Do you follow Agile development methodologies? Or maybe you would like to do it but you don’t know where to do that for free.

There are several free websites (free or cheap) that can help you to answer to one or many of this need like Codeplex, GitHub, AnkhSVN, TortoiseSVN… After months of testing with public (and non-public) access to TFS Preview, Microsoft has announced at Microsoft BUILD in Redmond, WA that TFS Preview is now tfs.visualstudio.com and is free for a team access (up to 5) and fully free for the next few months.

I’ve been using it for almost a year now and it is very powerful. You can do basically everything you can do with a TFS on premise, but, as every service on the cloud, you don’t have to worry about any IT stuff like size your servers, backup the SQL Server… Focus on your job! I really like services like Codeplex or GitHub but for public projects. I’m using Team Foundation Service (not Team Foundation Server) for the applications I develop for Windows Phone or some other personal projects.

Try it today for free: http://tfs.visualstudio.com

TFS Preview in service maintenance

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Microsoft is performing a service maintenance on TFS Preview (TFS hosted on Azure) today. So you’ll probably notice this error message when trying to connect: TF30040: The database is not correctly configured. Contact your Team Foundation Server administrator.

The service should be back online very soon and the maintenance will be done by Friday 27th 9 AM PDT.

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I suggest you to follow the account @tfservice on Twitter and the blog TfService for the last updates.