Monday, October 19, 2015

Team Foundation Server 2015–Office Integration Installer

With the release of Team Foundation Server 2015, we had to say goodbye to Team Explorer. This was kind of annoying as it was the most easy way to get the Office integration installed. But Microsoft promised an alternative and with the announcement of TFS 2015 Update 1 RC, it is finally there. A preview of the new TFS Office Integration Installer was released.

This new installer addresses a couple of scenarios:

  1. People like project managers, BAs, etc that wanted to use our Microsoft Office integration capabilities used to have to install the Team Explorer package.  It was uncomfortably large and included a VS Shell instance that most of them really didn't want.  This new installer just includes the Office integration component (Excel, Project, etc) and is therefore lighter weight.
  2. The PowerPoint storyboarding tool is now available without VS Enterprise/Test Professional. It’s included it in the Office Integration Installer, making it very easy to get with the rest of the Office integration tools.


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