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  1. TeamCompanion for TFS 2010

    Adam Cogan, CEO at SSW says it all:

    We are very happy we found this tool from Ekobit. In fact, if we did not have TeamCompanion for Outlook, we could not use TFS work items. It is the best add-in for TFS, let alone the best TFS add-in for Microsoft Outlook™. It is the perfect solution, as it solves many problems, starting with the missing HTML feature (that even TFS 2010 did not solve). It beautifully integrates e-mail and Outlook with Team Foundation Server and that makes TeamCompanion the single best thing you can do to improve your project communication with developers and clients.

    In addition TeamCompanion makes working with the TFS data easier. You access project related information using Outlook without having to switch between applications. It makes it easy to access your most important artifacts in your Team System environment, such as work items and reports, and you may find you rarely end up using Visual Studio Team Explorer or Team System Web Access.

    By integrating standard Outlook actions, TeamCompanion increases your productivity dramatically. E-mails make work items or can be attached to existing work items, and when completed you can send a 'done' email back to the client.

    Figure: TeamCompanion is the #1 tool for TFS, because it makes it easy to work with Team Foundation Server Work Items within Outlook.

    Team Companion Leaving SSW Web Site

    Check our Rules to Better Project Management with TFS to get more details on using TeamCompanion.

  2. TeamLook from Personify Design for TFS 2010

    Personify Design's TeamLook™ also extends Microsoft Outlook. It has less features than TeamCompanion but still helps stakeholders in a software project to communicate more effectively and gain accurate visibility into project status. TeamLook™ connects to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and enables users to view WorkItems and Reports.

    Team Look
    Figure: You can create a Work Items from an email with TeamLook

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  3. Outlook 2007 TFS Addin

    Outlook 2007 TFS Addin is a simple tool that provides the ability to work with TFS within Outlook.

    The best advantage of this tool is that it is free and lightweight. However this is also part of the disadvantage as it does not have a complete feature set.
    Warning: There is no support for TFS 2010. This was developed by a sole developer (Leon Langleyben) and he is no longer active on the project.

    TFS Addin
    Figure: This free and generically named tool, enables you work with Team Foundation Server Work Items within Outlook

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  4. Team Foundation Sidekicks 2010

    Team Foundation Sidekicks is a great tool that gives you additional information about your TFS projects. It’s a must-have for your TFS Master to help make sure the Rules to Better Version Control with TFS are being followed.

      Some of the great things it can tell you include:
    1. Whether any developers have had files checked out for a long time – see Master - Do you have a report to see who has not checked in?
    2. Whether a developer has files checked out on multiple workspaces – see Do you know to delete workspaces older than 6 months and warn on 3?
    3. The detailed history of a file or folder including updates, branches, merges and labels
    4. Information on any code that has been shelved
    5. Relationships between work items and changesets
    Team Foundation sidekicks show checked-out files.
    Figure: Using Team Foundation Sidekicks to show files that have been checked out for a long time


Adam Cogan