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Azure DevOps Replaces Micosoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)

Microsoft has announced the successor to two of its development platform offerings, first Azure DevOps is replacing Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS, formerly Visual Studio Online). And, second Azure DevOps Server, succeeding to Team Foundation Server (TFS).

The included services “span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality,” the company wrote.

Though, “millions of VSTS users will be upgrading automatically into Azure DevOps projects” — will not lose any functionality,” the company promised.

Instead, it will gain more choice and control, since the hallmark of VSTS “end to end traceability and integration” is all there in Azure DevOps. Plus, the new services “work great together.” That said,

URLs will now be changed from abc.visualstudio.com to dev.azure.com/abc. Redirection support from visualstudio.com URLs will avoid broken links.

The services will also receive an updated user experience. New users already receiving this update now, and it will be enabled by “default” for existing users “in the next few months. Microsoft will continue to iterate the experience based on feedback from the preview.

Users of on-premises TFS will continue to receive updates based the on features live in Azure DevOps. It will continue to be enhanced through the normal cadence of updates starting with the next version of TFS, to be called as “Azure DevOps Server.”

“Azure DevOps captures over 15 years of investment and learnings in providing tools to support software development teams,” the company said.

In the last month, “over 80,000 internal Microsoft users and thousands of customers, in teams both small and large, used these services to ship products to you.”

Azure DevOps includes:

  • Azure Pipelines: Free CI/CD that works with any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any Git repository and deploy continuously.
  • Azure Boards: Powerful work tracking with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting.
  • Azure Artifacts: Maven, npm, and NuGet package feed from the public and private sources.
  • Azure Repos: Unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos for your project. Collaborative pull requests, advanced file management, and more.
  • Azure Test Plans: All in one planned and exploratory testing solution.

Azure Pipelines is available now in the GitHub Marketplace for easy set up of GitHub repos, open source or otherwise. And, it offers free CI/CD with “unlimited minutes and 10 parallel jobs for every open source project.” With cloud hosted Linux, macOS and Windows pools, Azure Pipelines is great for all types of projects.

Here’s an example screenshot of Azure Pipelines used independently to build a GitHub repo:

Azure Pipelines used independently to build a GitHub repo:Microsoft As for pricing, Microsoft is making Azure DevOps Services is free for open source projects and small teams of (up to five users). For larger teams, the cost starts from $30 per month for (10 users).

Full pricing for Azure DevOps is available here.

In the screenshot below a developer using all Azure DevOps services together from the vantage point of Azure Boards:

developer using all Azure DevOps services together from the vantage point of Azure Boards.

Here’s a walk-through video of Azure Pipelines:

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