TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Q: Where do I find the new Visual Studio Team Explorer 2015?

February 17th, 2016 · 2 Comments · FAQ, TFS 2015, TFS Clients

Answer: There is no standalone “Team Explorer” release for TFS 2015 (obviously Team Explorer still exists as part of the Visual Studio IDEs).

There are three possible replacements:

Note: There are no .ISO images available for the VS Express Editions. The only way to create an offline installer is to run:

<executable name> /layout
(according to MSDN)

I’ve done this for all three VS 2015 Express Editions (Update 2):

Product (with Update 2)

Size (offline folder)

VS Express 2015 for Windows Desktop

1.91 GB 7.11 GB

VS Express 2015 for Web

930 MB 5.44 GB

VS Express 2015 for Windows 10

1.70 GB 7.25 GB

Conclusion: VS Express 2015 for Web is the smallest download and what users can use as the new “Team Explorer 2015”.

–Neno

Updated (March, 29): Fixed wrong file size for VS for Windows Desktop and added TFS Web Access and  TFS Office Integration as alternatives.

Updated (April, 1):  Not April Fool’s, but the offline file sizes in the just released Update 2 are so much bigger, that it made sense to update the post.
(Thanks to Richard Hundhausen for letting me know).

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