Microsoft Issues Web Access Tool for TFS

Microsoft has released a long-awaited Web interface for Team Foundation Server.

The power tool, dubbed Team System Web Access, is based on technology that Microsoft acquired in March from DevBiz.

Microsoft had already made the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of DevBiz's TeamPlain tool available for download, but it did not provide customer support, according to a blog post by Brian Harry, a Microsoft distinguished engineer.

Team System Web Access was built atop the TeamPlain 2.0 codebase, Harry wrote, which Microsoft extended with a series of changes. One major new capability is a "build" tab, which enables users to manage team builds.

Also, Microsoft tested the tool "to a moderate degree," according to Harry. It fixed bugs, punched up its visual elements and boosted its error-logging capabilities.

Harry noted that this release isn't technically a finalized version, as it lacks documentation and hasn't been localized, among other things. Such finalization will come in the Visual Studio 2008 release time frame, expected later this year.

Team System Web Access is available for download here.

About the Author

Chris Kanaracus is the news editor of Redmond Developer News.