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Team Foundation Server 2012 Updates

The Microsoft TFS team has been busy releasing updates to TFS 2012 on rapid pace as promised.  Some of the highlights of the releases are listed below.

Update 1

TFS 2012 Update 1 (2012.1) was released in November 2012 and contained a long list of improvements and fixes including:

  • Extend TFS server side path limits from 260 characters to 400 characters
  • Usability improvements for Version Control
  • Kanban support in TFS Web Access
  • TFS web access usability improvements
  • Sharepoint testing improvements
  • Manual testing improvements
  • Coded UI testing improvements
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 support with Lab Management for Windows 2012 hosts
  • VSUpdate support for Microsoft Test Manager for automatic update notification
  • Unit testing improvements
  • Easier installation of unit test adapters on TFS build machines using Nuget
  • Code Map – Incremental discovery and visualization of your application architecture and dependencies
  • IntelliTrace Integration with System Center
  • Integrate Blend Windows Phone Tooling
  • Multiscale image support for manifest content
  • JavaScript Memory Profiling
  • Mixed Managed/Native Debugging Support for Store Apps
  • ARM Native Dump Debugging Support
  • Enable XP targeting with C++

More info on TFS 2012 Update 1 (2012.1) can be found here.

Update 2

TFS 2012 Update 2 (2012.2) was released in April 2013.  The full list of improvements and fixes is too long to list here, but can be found here.

Some of the improvement highlights include:

Team Foundation Server

  • You can now send a work item as an email message in TFS Web Access.

UI testing

  • Support is now provided for extended cross-browser use.
  • Support is now provided for UI testing for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7.

Test Case Manager (Web Access)

  • You can now view and edit test cases in a test plan from TFS Web Access.
  • You can now run manual test cases, and file bugs from TFS Web Access.


  • Support is now provided for web and load testing for SharePoint applications.
  • Support is now provided for record and playback through Coded UI to perform UI validations on SharePoint 2013 applications.
  • IntelliTrace support is the same as that provided in SharePoint 2010.

Phone tools

  • The program enables unit testing for Windows Phone.
  • The program lets you build and deploy workflows of Windows Phone projects from the command line.

Update 3

TFS 2012 Update 3 (2012.3) was released in June 2013.  The full list of improvements and fixes can be found here.

TFS 2012.3 is a small releases, mostly containing high priority bug fixes and a few changes to improve the compatibility/interop story with VS 2013.

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