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Below includes a five minute demo on the new Visual Studio 2013 Team Rooms.

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As you can see in the demo, Visual Studio 2013 has a nifty team collaboration tool: Team Rooms.

Team Room in VS 2013

 

Team Room in VS 2013

As you can see, it is a pretty straight forward instant messaging interface. By default, you get one team room per team project, with the members of the team project becoming members of the team room. You aren’t limited to this however. You can have new team rooms with any combination of users you choose.

All of that is cool, and useful, but the Manage Events link is where it gets interesting. If you’re anything like me, email notifications from TFS probably annoy you. To the point where you’ve set up a rule automatically shunting them off into their own folder, never to see the light of day (thanks Martin for setting all those up for me).

Team Room Notifications

Team Room Notifications

With Team Rooms, you can still have the visibility into Team Foundation Server 2013 you want, but you can get that visibility on your own terms. You can set up Build Notifications, Check-ins (or pushes now that we can use Git), etc. You also get the ability to filter notifications by actions undertaken only by room members, or everyone as well as the ability to receive notifications from projects outside of the current team. Really sweet.

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