Introducing Azure DevOps

On September 10, 2018, Microsoft announced Azure DevOps, which is the next phase of software delivery.  Azure DevOps is the next evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). Quick side note, VSTS users will be upgraded automatically to the new Azure DevOps structure. It will help organizations delivery faster and with high quality across a wide breath of the development life-cycle and systems.

Let’s see the official announcement from Donovan Brown the DevOps Manager at Microsoft.

Azure DevOps will include the following:

  • Azure Boards – a powerful way to track deliverable through boards, backlog, dashboards, and reporting.
  • Azure Repos – an unlimited cloud hosted repositories for source control and collaboration.
  • Azure Artifacts – Various development package feeds from public and private sources like npm and NuGet.
  • Azure Pipelines – CI\CD that can deliver to any language, platform, or cloud.
  • Azure Test Plans – Testing, Testing, Testing – all in one solution.

Each Azure DevOps service is open and extensible and works great for any type of application regardless of the framework, platform, or cloud.  Learn more about cost from Azure DevOps Pricing.

Here is Edward Thomson, the Program Manager for Azure DevOps discussing Azure Pipelines, which is on of the key pillars in Azure DevOps.

There are some key changes to this transition of VSTS To Azure DevOps that you will see:

  • URLs will change from <name>.visualstudio.com to dev.azure.com/<name>.
  • Services will have an updated user experience.
  • On-premise TFS will receives updates based on new features and will renamed to Azure DevOps Server.

You might want to visit the save-the-date and watch live streams on Azure DevOps events page. There you’ll also find additional on-demand videos and other resources to help get you started using Azure DevOps.