Everything you want to know about Visual Studio ALM and Farming
Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server. Learn more about Brian.
More videos »
Today, we announced that the Team Foundation Service has released. Read more about it on the service web site here: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/home/news/.
I wanted to provide a bit of my own commentary (beyond what I put on the web site news)…
Our original plan was to hold RTM until all the billing infrastructure is in place. Over the past several months, we’ve seen dramatic increases in people signing up. At the same time, I’ve seen two questions come up repeatedly:
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been asking ourselves what we could do to make these issues clearer and eliminate the anxiety for people. At the same time, we haven’t invented a time machine yet and we don’t actually have all of the billing infrastructure in place. So we worked to walk a fine line. So, this RTM announcement has the following key components:
The new url for Team Foundation Service is http://tfs.visualstudio.com. The old url, http://tfspreview.com, will also continue to work for some months but will eventually be retired.
At the same time, we expect the service, as is stands today is not for everyone. There are many gaps between what is on the service and what you can do with our on-premises product. Some examples include:
These are a few examples of the kinds of benefits the on-premises solution has over the service today. Over time, all of these gaps will be addressed and Team Foundation Service will enable virtually everything you can do with our on-premises product. Until then, you will want to think carefully about your requirements before you choose between the cloud and on-prem solutions. For now, I think the cloud is a great solution for small to medium sized teams, particularly those that are distributed or cross organization. You’ll have to weigh the trade-offs yourself.
We’ve been using the service for some of our own development projects for over a year now and have been extremely happy with it. I hope you’ll give it a try too.
So, within our constraints, we’ve tried to remove as much ambiguity as we can – the service is RTM’d and your data will be safe; small teams get free access; teams with MSDN get it as part of their subscription. We’ve not provided additional pricing clarity for the medium sized teams but it’s no less clarity than we had before.
I’m very happy to be taking this next step in the journey and looking forward to enabling even more people to collaborate easily through the cloud.