Team Foundation Service is Released

Team Foundation Server is a mainstay of Microsoft’s collaboration platform for software development teams. It provides modern application lifecycle support for modern app development, including agile project planning and management tools, version control, build automation, and the continuous deployment automation needed to effectively and efficiently manage software development projects.

In addition to the value TFS provides to development teams targeting Windows, more and more we’re seeing it used in heterogeneous environments as well, whether developers are using Visual Studio or Eclipse or Xcode; whether developers are building apps with .NET or Java or C++ or JavaScript or any number of other languages; and whether developers are building apps for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Android, iOS, MacOS, or Linux.  We’re also seeing the cloud become a key enabler across the lifecycle of applications.

Last year at the Build conference, we announced Team Foundation Service, a version of Team Foundation Server hosted on Windows Azure, accessible from anywhere using existing and familiar tools, and welcoming all languages and platforms.  Over the last year, we’ve run the service as a preview, and during this time we’ve continued to build out the breadth and depth of functionality included. Today, I’m very excited to share that Team Foundation Service is now released, out of preview and available for full production use.  Check it out for yourself at

Team Foundation Service includes a free usage plan with a robust set of features that make it quick and easy for individuals and lean teams to get started with this application lifecycle management (ALM) platform, and without the need to stand up their own hardware, manage backups, or keep the server up-to-date. It welcomes developers targeting Microsoft platforms and other platforms, with support not only in Visual Studio, Excel, and Project, but also for developers on Mac OS, Linux, Solaris, and HP-UX through Team Explorer Everywhere and the Git-TF command-line tools.  The free plan includes support for up to 5 users, an unlimited number of projects, version control, work item tracking, agile planning tools, feedback management, and build (the last of which is still in preview).

In addition, MSDN subscribers at the Visual Studio Test Pro with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, and Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN levels will have use of the service included as a subscription benefit. 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.

With the many new computing platforms and development tools becoming available right now, it’s a great time to be a developer.  You can sign up for your own Team Foundation Service account at and see for yourself what a cloud-hosted, modern collaboration and ALM tool brings to your team.  We’re currently adding new features and capabilities to the service every three weeks or so, putting us in a great position to react to your needs and make adjustments based on your feedback.  Use it and let us know what you think.


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Comments (10)

  1. Scott F says:

    Where is TFS team project rename? Seems like a LOT of TFS users want the feature –…/2037605-rename-project-in-tfs

  2. MP says:

    I don't like this. You're entering a business that other smaller players are making money off of. Now the Microsoft brand name is going to kill off all the smaller players…well, if not kill off, at least badly affect them. That's really bad. This is not like email or online documents where you have to fight the Googles of the world. This is a market where smaller fish exist. Microsoft should have stayed away from these waters.

  3. MP says:

    My comment referred to the cloud based trackers, not the world of IDEs.

  4. MSCE says:

    TFS is way too overly complicated and historically had compatibility issues with VS. The database structure it uses is a mess. I don't see any reason to think that will change.  Like everything you do not worth the hassle when there are way too many better alternatives.

  5. Hello, I want you to know, that all Microsoft services has started working very very very very bad include WIndows Phone and Windows 8, what happened to you???????

    Why your apps and serivces looks like works of children ( sorry for frankness)?

    Really  you dont see that you are go down….

    As though Apple  sent to you spy-man for destroy all that you have created…..

    I have WIndows Phone 7.5 (Lumia 610) that released in this year, but I cant do nothing anymore with this telephone, because  you stop support for this device soon….

    Yesterday my microsoft account merged my skype and windows live contatcs very bad, for example I have tow contact with same name in skype and in windows live , they are completely different people but for microsod this is the same person and combined these contacts, why it did not even ask???????????

    where you roll?????

  6. wow says:

    added more crap to existing tfs crap.

  7. smcint says:

    It is working great again – Thanks!

  8. Marcello says:

    Is in the plans to release a TEE (tfs client) for SCO OpenServer? I will be using CVS till then. Thanks.

  9. Huynh Buu Son says:

    I love it!


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