#TFS – Goodbye to TFS Team Rooms


I remember when I used Team Foundation Server Team Rooms for the first time. The idea was just great. I even wrote a post about this feature (link) and used Team Rooms for a long time.



These days, everyone is a self-proclaimed expert on collaboration tools, I won’t get into this category however I need to recognize TFS Team Rooms has been quite behind in the collaboration tools race. There is no point of comparison with a large and popular tool as Slack, or even with one of the latest developments in the world Microsoft: Microsoft Teams. Visual Studio Team System now includes integration supports with Microsoft Teams (link).

And here arises one of the problems we see in the Microsoft ecosystem: the duplicity of tools for a common task. There are certain scenarios where we have 2 or more different ways to approach a single problem.

As well, a few days ago Microsoft ALM Team confirmed the decommissioning of Team Rooms in Team Services and TFS (link). Team Services will be the closure of functionality during the year 2017 and if you have TFS, TFS 2017 1 update will remove this functionality. The TFS team says, there are different alternatives and they are quite varied. It is time to choose one, and take advantage of it to the maximum.



The Team room is used both for a notification hub as well as for chat. TFS and Team Services already integrate with many other collaboration products including Microsoft Teams, Slack, HipChat, Campfire and Flowdock. You can also use Zapier to create your own integrations, or get very granular control over the notifications that show up.

And my personal thoughts on this.

Some people wrote “Microsoft is killing a product again!”, “What we do now?” and more. I have to admit that I never met a team that really hold his work in Team Rooms. IMHO I think is a good idea that the ALM team discard the source code of this functionality and focus their efforts on more productive tasks for the product and for the community. (In example, improve the integration of Visual Studio and Unity). Finally, if you are still disgruntled – angry about this, for sure you’ve never tried Slack or MS Teams, not only change is fabulous as a tool, but is also highly productive!

That Yes, I have already read and surely will read complaints in this regard.

Greetings @ Cordoba

El Bruno


#TFS – Adios a TFS Team Rooms

Hola !

Recuerdo cuando probé por primera vez Team Rooms en Team Foundation Server, la idea me pareció simplemente genial. Inclusive escribí algún post al respecto (link) y las utilicé durante mucho tiempo.


En estos días, donde todo el mundo habla y se autoproclama experto en herramientas de collaboración, hay que reconocer que TFS Team Rooms ha quedado bastante detrás en la carrera. No hay punto de comparación con un grande como Slack, o inclusive con una de las últimas novedades en el mundo Microsoft: Microsoft Teams. Inclusive Visual Studio Team System soporta una integración muy potente e interesante con Microsoft Teams (link).

Y aquí surge uno de los problemas que vemos en el ecosistema Microsoft: la duplicidad de herramientas. Hay determinados escenarios donde nos encontramos con 2 o más formas diferentes de enfocar un flujo de trabajo.

Pues bien, hace unos días el equipo de ALM de Microsoft confirmó el cierre definitivo de Team Rooms en Team Services y en TFS (link). En Team Services el cierre de la funcionalidad se dará durante el año 2017 y si tienes TFS, el update 1 de TFS 2017 eliminará esta funcionalidad.

Como bien comenta el equipo de TFS, hay diferentes alternativas y son bastante variadas. Es momento de elegir una, y sacar provecho de ella al máximo.

The Team room is used both for a notification hub as well as for chat. TFS and Team Services already integrate with many other collaboration products including Microsoft Teams, Slack, HipChat, Campfire and Flowdock. You can also use Zapier to create your own integrations, or get very granular control over the notifications that show up.

Y por último una opinión personal al respecto.

Si bien algunos comentarán “otra vez MS matando un producto!”, “y ahora que hacemos”, etc. Tengo que reconocer que nunca conocí un equipo que realmente sostente su trabajo en Team Rooms. Es mejor que el equipo de ALM descarte el código de esta funcionalidad y centre sus esfuerzos en tareas más productivas para el producto y para la comunidad. (Por ejemplo mejorar la integración con Unity). Y finalmente, si sigues mosqueado – enfadado al respecto, pues será que nunca has probado Slack o MS Teams, el cambio no solo es fabuloso a mejor, sino que además es altamente productivo!

Eso sí, ya he leído y seguramente leeré quejas al respecto.

Saludos @ Córdoba

El Bruno


#Office – Improve your presentation skills (Bonus: new co-authoring features in #PowerPoint)

Hello! Today we are going with a 2 for 1.

Public speaking

I still remember when David Salgado (@davidsb) showed to me the book Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences (see references). It was many years ago in Microsoft’s office in Madrid. This book helped me understand that behind every presentation, there can be a process or framework that will help us to get the best possible result.

Note: Never forget that when you speak in public, either for 2 or 200 people; these people are sharing with you one of its most precious elements: their time. The best way to thanks for this investment is trying to take advantage of that time in the best possible way.

As well, after Resonate, I read other books that also helped me enough. I will share the first 2 that come to mind.

When someone says the important thing is the visual aspect of your presentations, it is very likely that you fully understand this idea. However, you don’t know very well what to do. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is an excellent starting point for understanding the difference between text and images.

Another example that comes to mind is Death by Meeting. Although this book does not speak specifically of presentations and techniques for public speaking, discuss the delicate subject of the meetings. When we understand some of the lessons in this book, we can associate this idea to public speaking.

PowerPoint co-authoring

And of course, if you work with Microsoft technologies, you may rely on PowerPoint to support your presentations. Let me pause here; it is important to make clear my position about PowerPoint as a tool.

If you’re on the side who really hates PowerPoint, I got you. Maybe you have been in a situation where a couple of Slides represent a contract in a project (which is always a goot idea!). People usually goes with “PowerPoint supports everything“. In PowerPoint, everything is possible, and this misuse is that many people have an irrational hatred. In my case, I like this tool. I use PowerPoint as a tool to support my presentations and always has given me very good results.

Over time, thanks to books like those that I mentioned before, or to listen to great speakers, I think I have learned a little about the subject and use PowerPoint wisely enough.

That is why I get some extra happy feeling when I read this news:

The Office Insider November update includes support for co-authoring. That’s mean 2 or more people can work at the same time on a PowerPoint presentation using the PowerPoint desktop app.

A long time ago that the creation of a couple of slides is no longer task of a single person. It is always a good idea to work with someone with skills in to help us create a history consistent with our slides and balancing the contents therein.


Usually, this did use a ping / pong mode. That’s mean sharing the PowerPoint file, desktop sharing, speaking in this regard, using the capabilities of the online edition of PowerPoint, etc. Now that we have the ability to work online both envelope presentation, opens a new range of possibilities.

I think it is an excellent time to receive these updates, and I hope that you can them to begin testing soon (i.e. Add one couple more Early Adopter to work in co-authoring mode!)

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno