Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Overview - Part One

It’s been a good two years since TFS services online were made available by Microsoft. So much has changed since then, in and around the world as well as in the TFS services online features.

So I thought to visit the portal again and get a glimpse of what are now available and write this blog, which is a 10-post series covering all the major features available as of 20 Jan 2016.

By the wa, two weeks back, Microsoft renamed it from VSO to VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services). To me this new name makes the right step. The on-premise version can continue to be called TFS.
 
Time to Explore VSTS

As a first step I used a new login account and got the URL for my portal. 
 
As soon as you open this URL, the following contents are presented to you in the browser: On the left bottom is a link to create a new project, so click ‘New’.

new
 
Fill the details required to create a new project. This includes Project name, Description, Template type and Version control (TFVC or GIT).

git

It may take a while o your first for VSTS to create a project for you.

team project

Cool.

Once the project is created you land on the following page:

page

To start with we will explore the ‘Manage Work’ option first. The following is the screen I got after I clicked ‘Manage Work’ option.

option

In my next post of this series I will start exploring these links one by one starting with ‘New work item’ section ( at the bottom center).