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Ways to access Team Foundation Server

Pick your favorite tool for your task/job:

From Visual Studio:

From the command line:

From the web browser:

From Microsoft Office products:

From other platforms or IDEs:

From Windows Explorer:

From other products:

From Windows Taskbar:

(*) requires Team Explorer to be installed.
($) means the product is a commercial third party solution.

Documentation: Team Foundation Server SDK (online version)

From the contents:

  • Team Foundation Server Extensibility
  • Team Foundation Server SDK Architecture
  • How to: Run Team Foundation Server SDK Samples
  • Team Foundation Core Services
  • Work Item Tracking Extensibility
  • Source Control Extensibility
  • Data Warehouse Extensibility
  • Reference for Team Foundation Server SDK


Free Add-On: Team System Web Access (TSWA) Power Tool by Microsoft

Microsoft now offers version 2.0 of the Team System Web Access (formerly known as TeamPlain Web Access from DevBiz, which was acquired by Microsoft ) free of charge as a Power Tool with official Microsoft Customer Service support!


Download it from here.

Get a detailed list of all improvements here.

Make sure to read the Visual Studio Team System Web Access FAQ.


Get the free unlimited TeamPlain Web Access license

Wow, now where TeamPlain Web Access is free for all TFS customers [1] you need to ‘upgrade’ your license to the unlimited license.

The creators – DevBiz – describe the process (which is as easy as downloading a ZIP file and placing it to a specific directory) in their blog at [2].

Enjoy! :-)


P.S. BTW: If you’ve bought TeamPlain Web Access within the past 30 days before the Microsoft you can reclaim the money, but you need to do it asap since it is only a short time offer (see [1]).



stpBA: A Storyboarding solution for Team System


stpsoft ltd., “The Software Requirements Company”, created an interesting Visio add-on that let’s you storyboard your scenarios withint Visio and post them back into Team Foundation Server.

That’s what the producers say:

“Capture, elaborate and validate software requirements in Team System projects, and generate storyboards, specifications, work items and test scripts.”

Overview – Team System Edition


Quick Tour – Team System Edition

Partner solution: Requirements Authoring Solution (by Softagon)

Solution Summary
The Requirements Authoring Solution by Softagon (“RASS”) turns Microsoft® Office Word, the preferred tool for software developers and analysts responsible for creating software requirements, into a more powerful and yet user friendly front-end for managing structured XML requirements data. RASS drives greater collaboration and productivity throughout the software development lifecycle and provides a significant boost to organizations seeking to improve software development processes and create a knowledgebase built on structured requirements data. Softagon Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in San Francisco, California, provides expertise and custom development and implementation services for companies interested in exploiting RASS, as well as the related Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System

Link to profile in Microsoft Office System Solutions Directory

Borland Brings Requirements Engineering Rigor to Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team System Users


Below are specific use case scenarios of the planned integration of CaliberRM and Visual Studio Team System, as defined by roles within the application lifecycle:

  • Linking Requirements to Tests – Once analysts enter requirements with CaliberRM, they become visible within Visual Studio Team System with test creation and development tasks linked directly to them. Consolidated test results will be available so analysts can verify not just that code was developed to meet a requirement and tests were created to test a requirement, but that the tests passed and the requirement has been successfully fulfilled.
  • Developers Implementing Requirements – When a requirement is created or updated in CaliberRM, the changes will immediately become visible within the Visual Studio Team System environment, and development tasks will get assigned to make sure that the product code reflects the latest requirements. When a task gets completed, its status will be available for all team members so the analyst knows the code meets the correct requirements and the tester knows there is new code ready to be validated against the updated tests.
  • Creating Business Stakeholder Transparency – CaliberRM provides transparency of product status through reports which show requirements, test and development task status. The integration between CaliberRM and Visual Studio Team System allows users to generate reports showing each requirement and test plan associated with the approved requirements as well as the test plan results so business stakeholders can see which requirements are being satisfied in the product for each reporting period.


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