Chapter 1

Introducing Team Foundation Server 2012

What's in this chapter?

Getting to know Team Foundation Server 2012

Understanding what's new in Team Foundation Server 2012

Acquiring Team Foundation Server 2012


This chapter introduces you to Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012. Here you will learn what it is for, the key concepts needed when using it, and how to acquire it.

For those users already familiar with Team Foundation Server, the discussion in this chapter highlights areas that are new or have changed substantially. However, because understanding the legacy of a technology is always helpful, this chapter also includes some of the history of the Team Foundation Server product, which will help explain how it became what it is today.

This chapter also discusses the improved release model, including the ability to have Microsoft manage hosting, frequent upgrades, and backups by leveraging the Team Foundation Service. Later chapters will go into more depth with an examination of the architecture of the Team Foundation Server product.

What Is Team Foundation Server?

Developing software is difficult—a fact repeatedly proven by how many projects have failed. An essential factor in the success of any software development team is how well the members of the team communicate with each other, as well as with the people who wanted the software developed in the first place.

Team Foundation Server provides the core collaboration functionality for your software development ...

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