Microsoft announces Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 4 RC, possibly final software update

Last week, Microsoft released Update 1 of Team Foundation Server 2017 - its latest iteration of the software. Now, the company has rolled out Update 4 Preview of the relatively older Team Foundation Server 2015. The release candidate build is a "go-live release", and Microsoft says that it is safe to install it in a production environment.

Microsoft has also pointed out that the latest version of Team Foundation Server 2015 contains only bug fixes - numbering almost 25 in total - based on the feedback of users, and understandably contains no new features. The update has only been rolled out to facilitate users who are still content with using an older version of the software. The agile bug fixes in Update 4 can be viewed below:

  • The @Today and @Me macros do not work correctly in non-English in the Kanban board card style rules.
  • The inline add card experience on the Kanban board does not work correctly. For example, the Title field cannot be edited.
  • If a user switches between two work items of the same type on the queries page before the HTML fields finish loading, the HTML field may become empty and the work item will become dirty.
  • The Batch API, such as WorkItemStore.GetWorkItemIdsForArtifactUris(), may return incorrect results when called with many strings.
  • When a customer has rules in the global workflow and tries to move them to a work item type definition, there will be an error, "TF237090: Does not exist or access is denied".
  • If a TFS instance has a collection with a space in the name and has a public URL that is different from the internal URL, inline images may be missing in work items when opened by another user.
  • Work item tracking warehouse sync fails with a name conflict when field names only differ by a space replacing a "." or "_" (i.e. "My Field" and "My_Field").
  • Work item tracking warehouse sync fails when a work item has a link comment that contains special characters, such as 0x0B.

Additionally, Update 4 aso packs bug fixes for version control, build, testing, administration, and marketplace. It is worth noting that installations of MS.TFS.Server are now supported as well.

Microsoft has cautioned that this is possibly the last update to Team Foundation Server 2015 unless something "really surprising" happens. Moving forward, the company will be transitioning its focus to the latest iteration of the software - that is Team Foundation Server 2017.

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