On Monday September 10, Microsoft announced that:

  • Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is now  Azure DevOps
  • Team Foundation Server (TFS) is now Azure DevOps Server

The services “span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality,” said Microsoft during the announcement.

The rebranding makes sense, as VSTS is effectively a cloud service backed by Microsoft Azure. Each Azure DevOps service is open and extensible, designed to work with any type of application, regardless of the framework, platform, or cloud. Azure DevOps supports both public and private cloud configurations.


Azure DevOps is free for open source projects and small projects (up to five users). For larger teams, the cost ranges from $30 per month (10 users) to $6,150 per month (1,000 users).

Azure DevOps includes:

  • Azure Pipelines: CI/CD that works with any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any Git repository and deploy continuously. Azure Pipelines is also now available in the GitHub Marketplace
  • Azure Boards: Powerful work tracking with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting.
  • Azure Artifacts: Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from 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.

Automatic Updates

VSTS users will be upgraded into Azure DevOps projects automatically, and Microsoft promises they will not lose any functionally. VSTS users will also receive an updated user experience, which Microsoft will continue to iterate on based on feedback from the preview. 

Users of TFS, the on-premises counterpart of VSTS, will continue to receive updates based on features live in Azure DevOps. Starting with the next version of TFS, the product will be called Azure DevOps Server and will receive the normal cadence of updates. 

Microsoft is delivering a keynote about Azure DevOps Tuesday, September 11. Menlo Technologies will be there and will provide insights soon!

Learn more about Azure DevOps here.