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First published on MSDN on Feb 05, 2016

Authored by Ed Price


For the January release, Visual Studio Team Services featured a plethora of 25 improvements!

For starters, let's get into the details of the new Dashboard Widget SDK!

Public preview of the dashboard widget SDK


It’s here! When the team launched dashboards, they mentioned that the widgets are written as extensions , which would also allow you to write and share your own widgets in time. For the January update, the team is releasing a public preview of the widget SDK. You can get started at Add a dashboard widget .

As a reminder, widgets are implemented as a contribution point in the extension framework. You’ll need some knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and a good idea to build a widget. If you run into issues or have feedback, feel free reach out to the team at vsointegration@microsoft<dot>com.



Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Now, let's take a look at the list of all the new January features:

  1. Public preview of the dashboard widget SDK

  2. Create branch and links to related artifacts

  3. Build widgets in the catalog

  4. Markdown widget with file from repository

  5. Auto-refresh dashboards

  6. Richer visualizations in the build summary page - Code coverage

  7. Richer visualizations in the build summary page - Quality trend chart and test duration trend chart

  8. View passed test results and file bugs in build summary page

  9. Test summary in build status notification email

  10. Support for editing tags in the bulk edit dialog

  11. Deleting a custom field

  12. Keyboard shortcuts

  13. Test plan improvements - Filter test plans

  14. Test plan improvements - Tests from child suites

  15. Exploratory testing improvements - Search on teams within projects

  16. Exploratory testing improvements - Explore work item

  17. Exploratory testing improvements - Create tasks

  18. Release orchestration improvements - Better control over order of environments in a release

  19. Release orchestration improvements - Better control over how multiple pending releases get deployed

  20. Release orchestration improvements - Better control over time of deployment into an environment

  21. Release orchestration improvements - Better control over approvals

  22. Retention policies for releases

  23. UI extensibility for release management

  24. Search scope selector

  25. Search across Git and TFVC projects




Wow! That's quite a release for VSTS! A lot of the improvements above are actually small buckets with multiple updates in them!



Find the details for each of those features for the January release of Visual Studio Team Services:

https://www.visualstudio.com/news/2016-jan-25-vso



Have a day! Not just any day. Have this one!

- Ninja Ed