At last year’s //Build conference, we announced the preview of Team Foundation Services hosted on Windows Azure. For about 6 months, the only way to get on the services was if you were given a registration code from someone from Microsoft. Then we removed the registration restriction and made it available for everyone.

Since its was put online, the DevDivision has been busy making it one of the best ALM Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms. In the process, the team has been able to push updates every 3 weeks (see Brian Harry’s article on TFS Shipping Cadence).

During the //Build conference today, we announced that Team Foundation Services is officially released. What used to be www.tfspreview.com is now tfs.visualstudio.com. If you had been using the preview service, your subdomain should have been moved to the <your-subdomain-name>.visualstudio.com.

Today, we also announced the “pricing” structure for the service. Right now, there’s are two plans: Free for up to 5 users and free for paid MSDN subscribers with the following Visual Studio editions:

  • Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
  • Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
  • Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN

For the time being, anyone can sign up and use the service for free.  We’ll be announcing more about paid plans and services in 2013.

So if you’ve been using TFSPreview to manage your work, source code, and builds, you’ll need to update your Team Explorer URL reference. I f you haven’t been using TFSPreview to manage your work, source code, and/or builds, why haven’t you? You can’t use “I use Eclipse as my IDE” as an excuse because Team Explorer Everywhere 2012 is free and works with any Eclipse-based IDE and runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux/Unix/AIX/HPUX. So now why haven’t tried Team Foundation Services?

Excelsior!