June 2010 Blog Posts

TeamCompanion 3.0 - Using the Restore Hierarchy Command

Support for hierarchical Work Item Queries is one of the flagship features of Team Foundation Server 2010, and TeamCompanion would not be one of the best Team Foundation clients without proper support for it. TeamCompanion 3.0 allows you to organize Work Items into a hierarchy for more convenient viewing. When in the Outlook view pane, hierarchical Work Item Queries are displayed in a standard Outlook table view. Outlook table view is very powerful presentation mechanism, but unfortunately, it does not have a notion of hierarchy natively. TeamCompanion achieves hierarchical display in table view by indenting specific field values for Work Items...

TeamCompanion 3.0 - Ribbon Extensibility in Outlook 2010

Ribbon extensibility is an enhancement that enables users to organize related commands in the form of customized tabs on the Outlook 2010 ribbon. You can populate Outlook 2010's ribbon tabs with any combination of custom groups consisting of available commands. Ribbon extensibility enables you to radically reduce the time you spend on switching between tabs to find commands. As shown in the following example, you can group together your most frequently used TeamCompanion commands all in one place! Suppose that we would like to create a group on the Home tab of the Outlook 2010 ribbon as depicted below:   What follows is...

TeamCompanion 3.0 - Generating Excel Reports

Reports can greatly facilitate in a company's strategic decision making. That's why TeamCompanion 3.0 comes with advanced features for organizing the presentation of information pulled from Team Foundation Server into various highly informative Excel reports for busy managers to use for making informed decisions in real-time. By combining Outlook grouping, searching and filtering with Excel reporting in an intuitive and easy-to-learn interface, TeamCompanion 3.0 significantly reduces the time and effort that goes into generating reports. What follows is a short tutorial that shows on an example how generating reports in TeamCompanion 3.0 is done. Open Outlook and then select a Work Item...