One of the largest IT tech Giant company Microsoft Corp. Monday effectively rebranded its Visual Studio Team Services software suite for developers, rolling up its tools into a new service which is now going to be name as Azure DevOps.
Microsoft also said users of Team Foundation Service, which is the on-premises edition of VSTS, will also be rebranded. It will be renamed as Azure DevOps once the next update rolls out.
Azure DevOps is made up of several services which also includes the new Azure Pipelines, which is a continuous integration/continuous delivery service that’s compatible with any programming language, platform and cloud. It offers unlimited minutes and 10 parallel jobs for each open-source project. It can connect to GitHub and other Git repositories, the company said.
A number of existing open source projects are already using Azure Pipelines, which includes the Atom, Cpython, Pipenv, Tox, Visual Studio Code and TypeScript.
Some of the other services which includes in this package are Azure Boards, which provides work tracking via kanban boards, team dashboards, backlogs and reports; Azure Artifacts, which offers Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources; Azure Repos, for cloud-hosted private Git repositories; and Azure Test Plans, which is a “planned and exploratory testing solution.”
The Azure Devops offerings provide similar functionality to VSTS, which includes CI/CD, boards, Git integration, package management and testing tools.
Microsoft said that “millions” of developers currently using VSTS will be upgraded to Azure DevOps “automatically,” with no loss of functionality. On the contrary, the company said, developers will gain “more choice and control” as the services are designed to “work great together.”
“It’s good to see Microsoft is keeping the [Azure DevOps] offering modular and open, so modules can be used with third-party pieces as this reflects the heterogeneous world of next-generation applications,” Mueller said. “And large enterprises will be glad to see that they are keeping their local Foundation Servers, albeit with a name change.”
Microsoft said TFS, the on-premises version, will continue to receive updates as normal, but they will be based on the new features in Azure DevOps from now on.
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