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Microsoft is rebranding Visual Studio Team Services(VSTS) to Azure DevOps along with  Azure DevOps Server, the successor of Team Foundation Server (TFS). Microsoft understands that DevOps has become increasingly critical to a team’s success. The re-branding is done to achieve the aim of shipping higher quality software in a short span of time.

Azure DevOps supports both public and private cloud configurations. The services are open and extensible and designed to work with any type of application, framework, platform, or cloud. Since Azure DevOps services work great together, users can gain more control over their projects. Azure DevOps is free for open source projects and small projects including up to five users. For larger teams, the cost ranges from $30 per month to $6,150 per month, depending upon the number of users.

VSTS users will be upgraded into Azure DevOps projects automatically without any loss of functionally. URLs will be changed from abc.visualstudio.com to dev.azure.com/abc. Redirects from visualstudio.com URLs will be supported to avoid broken links. New users will get the update starting 10th September 2018, and existing users can expect the update in coming months.

Key features in Azure DevOps:

#1 Azure Boards

Users can keep track of their work at every development stage with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting. Built-in scrum boards and planning tools help in planning meetings while gaining new insights into the health and status of projects with powerful analytics tools.


#2 Azure Artifacts

Users can easily manage Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources. Code storing and sharing across small teams and large enterprises is now efficient thanks to Azure Artifacts. Users can Share packages, and use built-in CI/CD, versioning, and testing. They can easily access all their artifacts in builds and releases.

#3 Azure Repos

Users can enjoy unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos for their projects.  They can securely connect with and push code into their Git repos from any IDE, editor, or Git client. Code-aware searches help them find what they are looking for. They can perform effective Git code reviews and use forks to promote collaboration with inner source workflows. Azure repos help users maintain a high code quality by requiring code reviewer sign off, successful builds, and passing tests before pull requests can be merged.

#4 Azure Test Plans

Users can improve their code quality using planned and exploratory testing services for their apps. These Test plans help users in capturing rich scenario data, testing their application and taking advantage of end-to-end traceability.

#5 Azure Pipelines

There’s more in store for VSTS users. For a seamless developer experience, Azure Pipelines is also now available in the GitHub Marketplace. Users can easily configure a CI/CD pipeline for any Azure application using their preferred language and framework.

These Pipelines can be built and deployed with ease. They provide users with status reports, annotated code, and detailed information on changes to the repo within the GitHub interface.
The pipelines Work with any platform– like Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform. They can run on apps with operating systems, including Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows systems. The Pipelines are free for open source projects.

Microsoft has tried to update user experience by introducing these upgrades. Are you excited yet? You can learn more at the Microsoft live Azure DevOps keynote today at 8:00 a.m. Pacific and a workshop with Q&A on September 17 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific on Microsoft’s events page. You can read all the details of the announcement on Microsoft’s official Blog.

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