The AnnouncementMicrosoft recently announced the rebranding of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) as Azure DevOps. As VSTS is an Azure-backed cloud service, this evolution of VSTS into Azure DevOps was a no-brainer. VSTS is a service offered by Microsoft that includes Git repositories for source control, tools for planning and tracking work, build and release management support, testing tools, etc.
The Evolution of Visual Studio Team Services
What does this evolution mean? Apparently, VSTS users will automatically be enhanced into Azure DevOps projects. As far as the existing users are concerned, there will be no loss, instead, there will be better control and more choice besides end-to-end traceability and integration – the idea of VSTS will persist.
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A few changes tagged along on the journey to Azure DevOps. They are as follows:
- URLs will move from abc.visualstudio.com to dev.azure.com/abc. Redirects from visualstudio.com URLs will be supported in order to avoid broken links.
- There will be an upgraded user experience as well. New users will get to enjoy this change by default effective immediately whereas existing users might have to wait for a few more months to take advantage of this update.
- On-premises Team Foundation Server (TFS) users will keep on receiving updates, based on the attributes live in Azure DevOps. With the introduction of the next version of TFS, it will be called Azure DevOps Server.
What Is Included In Azure DevOps?
With this latest announcement, various services complimenting Azure DevOps were also introduced to help developers quickly deliver software with better quality. Each service is open, extensible, and built to work with all types of applications, be it any framework, cloud, or platform. The Azure DevOps services include:
Azure pipelines will allow developers to build, test, and deploy easily with CI/CD that works with any cloud, platform, and language. It even deploys containers to Kubernetes or individual hosts.
With just one click, Artifacts can be added to the CI/CD pipelines, and will let developers create host, and share packages with the team. It will enable sharing of npm, Maven, and NuGet packages with the team, from both public and private sources.
Using established agile tools for planning and tracking work within a team will enable developers to deliver value to the users faster. Configurable Kanban boards, robust planning tools, and interactive backlogs will make it super easy to track work. Azure Boards carry the capability of unparalleled reporting and traceability.
Azure Test Plans
A full package of planned manual and exploratory testing tools, Azure Test Plans will make it easy to test and ship with confidence.
Azure Repos will provide unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos to help developers build high-quality code with advanced file management and pull requests.
References: venturebeat, zdnet, azure.microsoft