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Microsoft begins rebranding Visual Studio Team Services as “Azure DevOps”

Visual Studio Team Services, Microsoft’s cloud service for collaborating on code development is becoming Azure DevOps today. VSTS won’t lose any functionality with the name change, but it will actually get a design refresh as well as a new set of five Azure DevOps services for customers.

“The services we are announcing today span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality,” explained Jamie Cool Director of Program Management, Azure DevOps. Among the five new independent services coming with Azure Devops is Azure Pipelines, a CI/CD solution that works with any language, platform, and cloud. It’s already available in the GitHub marketplace for developers looking use it with their public or private GitHub repositories.

The other four new Azure DevOps services, which can be used independently or as as a full DevOps solution include:

  • Azure Boards for work management.
  • Azure Artifacts for Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds.
  • Azure Repos for unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos.
  • Azure Test Plans for planned and exploratory testing.

As we learned back in June, this evolution of VSTS will also introduce a new user experience inspired by Fluent Design. The new look will be on by default for new customers, but the team will continue to listen to feedback before shipping to existing VSTS users.

For customers of the on-premises Team Foundation Server (TFS), Microsoft said today that this product is becoming Azure DevOps Server and will continue to get updates based on new featured introduced in Azure DevOps. If you want to learn more about all the new services, make sure to watch the live Azure DevOps keynote tomorrow, September 11, 2018 at 8AM PST, as well as the Mixer training workshop on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PST.

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What do you think of this evolution of Visual Studio Teams Services?