Monthly Archives: June 2013
New to Visual Studio 2013 is the concept of a user account.
When you first run Visual Studio, you will be prompted to sign in. We will use this information to store your settings in the cloud and make them available to you on whatever machine you are using.
You can always view your account information by going to File | Account Settings…
If you click the Visual Studio profile hyperlink, you’ll be navigated to the following page in your browser.
After reviewing your profile information, click Continue. This will just take you the Team Foundation Service site.
This user profile feature is still early, but I can foresee a lot of potential here beyond tracking your settings. Down the road, we could…
…add more features to the associated web site that show you news you follow like blogs, Channel 9 videos of interest, events you may want to attend, etc.,
…track your recent activity and activity of your team(s) in a dashboard,
…use your stored credentials to auto-connect you to databases, servers, Azure, and more;
…alert you to activity wherever you are – such as NuGet Package updates.
Where would you like to see us go with this?
While Team Explorer 2012 (and subsequent Updates) added some really great features, I’m really happy to see the new user experience in Visual Studio 2013 Preview.
The new Home page
At the top of the Home page, the Project section shows the same hub links, but is both more concise and colorful. You can more easily dock team Explorer to a small pane or on your second monitor in a very small space. The color adds some aesthetic appeal, but it also helps your eye gravitate to the color/symbol faster than reading text.
With 2013, each option is more than a navigation link. You can right-click each to see a context menu of related commands. Right now, the context menus are very sparse, but I could see additional options being added over time. In 2012, there is a Request Code Review link under the My Work link. In 2013, the Request Code Review command is available by right-clicking My Work.
Right-click Pending Changes gives you the option to Find
Right-click Work Items to create a New Query.
Source Control Explorer is now its own item – rather than under Pending Changes as it is in 2012.
I love that you can navigate straight to the active Task Board for this Team Project and I’ll explore that and the new Team Room feature more in another post.
Below the Project menu is a list of solutions pulled from the active Team Project and your workspace. My favorite part of this is subtle – when you open a solution from this list, it bolds the text. I can just glance at it to see which solution and its branch. For those of you that regularly move between workspaces, you can switch them in the drop-down list provided. The New… and Open… hyperlinks create/open Visual Studio projects respectively – not workspaces as one might think.
That’s all for now. I’d love to hear what you guys think. If you have suggestions for the product team, contribute to User Voice. (They really do listen to that feedback. I know because I see the summary reports the team sends out.)