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Visual Studio TS review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Powerful, Easy to Use Tool"

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Visual Studio TS review by Henry H. H.
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"Visual Studio TS - Ideal for development teams"

What do you like best?

As responsible for managing Visual Studio Team Service, in our institution, I must say that this is the number 1 tool, for development and implementation of projects in.Net, working in a joint way with a group of experts, it is ideal for the management and creation of projects, of all types of users, in a simple and effective way.

What do you dislike?

The interface is quite simple, nothing has changed in the last few years, and it seems that they do not try to make significant improvements in this sense, the new generations of development, are not easily conditioned to the robust interfaces, which we have been using years ago, now everything is more intuitive in most software that is used commercially, and to software development applications should apply the same, characteristic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We administer and review all the new projects that our work table makes, and the different applications developed by teachers and students in the software development laboratories, giving improvement guidelines in each of their different projects.

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Visual Studio TS review by Francesco D.
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"Visual Studio, production for multiple platforms"

What do you like best?

The use of Visual Studio for projects with different figures, makes it very easy to interact with the whole development team, since everyone easily accesses the content of their skills.

A great help is the recording of all the changes made to the documents, as it allows to know the history of each file, the author of the modification and it is also possible to leave comments.

Another very useful thing is the ability to compare files modified by team members.

When installing Visual Studio, you can optimize the installation procedure by deciding which components to install to lighten the package on your system, just loading the items you will use.

Furthermore, with support for Xamarin, it's easy to create apps for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices.

What do you dislike?

If team members do not use the same software version, there may be some problems. It is also a bit complicated to access special advanced configurations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good for development teams

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The use of Visual Studio, allows easily to centralize all the work of the development team, obtaining benefits related mainly to the time recovered for each team member. Thinking of developing more or less complex projects, without using software like this, it would be really complex.

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Visual Studio TS review by Antonio M.
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"good to manage development teams"

What do you like best?

The use of Visual Studio in a project with several members (developers, graphic designers, copywriters), greatly facilitates the work of the development team, because each member of the team easily enters the content of their competence; also recording all the changes made is very useful, allowing you to know the chronology of each document, the author of the change and also the possible comment, left by the team member. Also the most useful thing is the comparison between the files modified by the team members.

Microsoft has worked hard on optimizing the Visual Studio 2017 installation procedure: the developer can decide which components to install in order to lighten the package installed on his system, limiting himself to loading only the elements he will use.

Thanks to Xamarin's support, it's even easier to create apps for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. In fact, advanced features are available for debugging and profiling so as to identify problems in the use of memory, solve any bottlenecks and lighten the app code before distributing it.

What do you dislike?

If you need to find a defect in the visual studio, sometimes it's a little complicated to access special advanced configurations. I also encountered some problems if the development team does not have the same software version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good for development teams

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the use of visual studio, we can easily centralize all the work of the development team. The benefits we can obtain are linked above all to the time recovered for each team member. I can not imagine how to develop more or less complex projects, without using software like this.

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Visual Studio TS review by Duncan W.
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"Collaborative Software Development"

What do you like best?

Our main Development team are UK-based but we have colleagues that are work from home and a smaller team of users based in India. VSTS enables us to collaborate effectively and helps us achieve a smooth delivery process. The VSTS UI is responsive and clear, giving us the simplicity of a physical kanban board + the complexity where we need it to set up our cutomisations and alerts.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes setting a priority for for user stories on the board is not as easy as it could be. Particularly if you stray from the 'happy path' of using the epics, features user stories hierarchy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to pick up. On the job training is all that's needed for regular users. More specialist system knowledge required for administrators.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need visibility of the the features and bugs that are being worked on and all the tasks that are associated with these work items. We also need to see the priority of the work items in flight and any other items that are required as part of the sprint.

VSTS enables gives us the picture we need for us to plan and manage our deliverables and gives our stake holders the information they need to track our progress.

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Visual Studio TS review by Nohelvis M.
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"Ideal for use with Scrum"

What do you like best?

I like this platform the way he carries the trello, which is very complete, even though the free version is used. You can add extensions that can facilitate the work. SCRUM MASTER and also to the Devevelopment Team, because it contains your burn down chart and shows the progress of the completed backlogs, your task list in which phase you are ( New, Process, Done). I like your new interface is very clean, it is more intuitive. The main functionalities are in sight.

What do you dislike?

This platform seems very complete, the only defect that I have noticed is that if I am working on my project and update my task to (In progress) and my Scrum Master has open VSTS in its default browser, that task should be updated only no need for Scrum Master to give F5.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Agility in the tasks, organization of the team. Better FeedBack of the projects. Union of the team.

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Visual Studio TS review by Yoselin D.
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"Take control of what your team does"

What do you like best?

I like how the beta of the new interface looks now, it's more minimalist and cleaner. This platform helps you take control of projects, informing you how quickly the tasks assigned in the sprint are completed. When was the last commit and who did it.

What do you dislike?

Well for now the free version, allows maximum 5 users per project, but it should be noted that this tool meets its objective. It also allows you to add extensions that can help you even more. So far I do not see that I dislike

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take control of the projects, without the leader having to be asking how often you are going, if you update the tasks he will know what you are and what is your progress

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This platform has helped the project leader see how we have advanced in the sprint, if we have any impediment with the assigned task and if it can help us or we need reinforcement. This also helps to see PM, if in the other sprint you can enter more tasks.

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Visual Studio TS review by Sujith N.
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"VSTS - Fly in the Cloud"

What do you like best?

1. Get the features of TFS in cloud

2. No need to manage upgrades, backup & restore

3. Provides Support for free private repositories

4. Easy to implement.

What do you dislike?

1. Security is a main concern

2. Does not support Sharepoints and/or Project Server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Being an existing user of VSTS, i would definitely recommend this to everyone who wants to feel the benefits of TFS hosted on the cloud. Easiness that we will bring into our application tracking and management also it is a hosted SaaS model that is maintained by Microsoft and is always up to date. You no longer have to worry about maintenance and updates, that’s all taking care of for you.

It is less headache to setup, you can use it right-away without worrying about capex because everything is now becoming opex, you don’t need to manage operating system, install patch, and renew your hardware. Basically you can also connect to your VSTS server from anywhere without need to setup (almost) anything.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For our recruitment and staffing application we use this tool for easy tracking of the tasks/user stories/bugs as well as ensure the CI/CD with our GIT repositories.

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Visual Studio TS review by Nick G.
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"Great Team Management Tool"

What do you like best?

The continuous delivery tools for building and releasing your code are one of the best you can use. VSTS supports building source code from pretty much any language you can think of, while making reporting and storing your artifacts painless. From there you can move into the release pipeline to automatically deploy and deliver your built code.

What do you dislike?

The "Work" tab for managing work via Scrum or Agile is average, but still needs work when dealing with larger teams. Making the work section more intuitive should be a priority, as working with individual teams among a large organization has a high learning curve.

The text editor needs a lot of improvement for markdown and things like adding code in comments with formatting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of products that can do CI/CD and release management well. There are a lot of products that can do task management well. There are few products that can combine all of it along with reporting and follow-up well. Visual Studio Team Services is able to to bundle all of those features nicely into a product that is easy to use for all user types.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a product that allows us to store work, communication as well as be able to automatically build and release out product on a schedule.

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Visual Studio TS review by Daniel E.
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"Good solution for driving DevOps processes across your organization"

What do you like best?

VSTS allows setting up CI\CD pipelines for your application, you can build and deploy your software from a single tool and use multiple environments for deployment. Good integration with Azure you can deploy your infrastructure both during build and release phases and use ARM templates or Terraform for this. Huge marketplace contains a lot of modules that allows you to integrate lots of different technologies into your projects and build using both commercial and open-source technology stack

What do you dislike?

No direct integration with github, you should clone your repository to VSTS to work with it. Not a problem for Microsoft stack, but working with open source adding a bit of complexity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for software based on Microsoft technology stack like .net, SQL Server, Azure. Open source works as well, but it can be tricky sometimes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building and deploying software and cloud infrastructure

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Visual Studio TS review by Mehmet S.
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"The ideal DevOps platform for .NET / Azure projects"

What do you like best?

The DevOps features such as builds and releases, continuous integration, continuous distribution, work item tracking, documentation and wiki, and much more. The product is seamlessly integrated with Office 365 and Azure.

What do you dislike?

There is no "notifications" area where you can see your "mention"s or events that require your attention. E-mail alerts can be set up to cover this, but it would definitely be good to have a notifications area that keeps things together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give it a try, adopt and use the project management concepts VSTS provides and fully utilise the power of continuous integration and continuous distribution, as well as a powerful source control management system. It is being improved on a daily basis by Microsoft, this is definitely a product to adopt and invest in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VSTS enables us to produce clean, accountable, managed software and source code, as well as keep track of our work. It enables us to automate testing and release processes and gives us the ability to move most of the manual work to the cloud using automated builds and releases.

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Visual Studio TS review by Palash K.
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"Excellent App for Source Code Management, Collaborative Development and Project Management"

What do you like best?

Great Source Code Management Tool with everything needed in place.

Intelligent merging tool, integrated with email.

Very useful for Agile Development.

Tracks well the Code Review

Easily integrated with DevOps Tools.

Very useful GUI accessible through Web and also integrated with Visual Studio

Very useful Shelveset feature which is not available other popular SCM Tools

On-premise as well as Mircosoft hosted Services

Great Reporting tool for Projects

Easier project management

What do you dislike?

Costly investment for an Organization

Experience required for proper on-premise installation

learning curve for developers is not ignorable at all

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great state of the art tool. Worthy of investment

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Source Code Management, Agile Development for Enterprise graded Applications

DevOps Integration

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Visual Studio TS review by Eric H.
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"Visual Studio Team Services Build and Release"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and richness of build tools is terrific. I've integrated Octopus Deploy and Redgate SQL Toolkit deployments into the build and deploy process using only the built in and free store tools without an issue.

What do you dislike?

VSTS gets new updates every 2-6 weeks. I have experienced issues where I have setup a templated solution, only to find the template no longer valid because of underlying changes. The changes are generlaly not fixes, however, but feature improvements - so while aggravting, not truly frustrating.

The one thing that would be nice to have would be the ability to recover deleted builds or to revert to an earlier version of a build definition. I suspect that will come, since revision comments are supported - but there is currently no way to leverage any sort of versioning from the user interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be afraid to try creating builds and deployments using the tools. The process is fairly straight forward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing cloud based solutions, troubleshooting CI/CD projects.

The ease of integrating deployments both locally on the desktop and into Azure is terrific.

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Visual Studio TS review by Gurava M.
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"Comprehensive tool with average easy of use"

What do you like best?

Tool provides lot of capabilities and integration end to end from product backlog to continuous integration and continuous deployment.

Easy to share with colleagues and management.

Great dashboards can be created for user stories, tasks, timelines, burn down, story points, bugs etc.

The Epic/Feature/Story hierarchy can be maintained in a very clean and neat way.

What do you dislike?

There are no filters. For a business user, this tool is very difficult to use. We have to write a query to filter your list of tasks/stories.

Export to excel is not simple either. We have to install a software (excel to integrate with VSTS.

Creating different releases, teams is not intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a tool which provides end to end services for product development (Creating and maintaining product backlog, development, quality assurance with test suites and execution, continuous deployment and integration and integration with Microsoft Azure), VSTS may be one of the best. It may not have as great user interface as other agile tools but it offers the smooth integration between all departments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating product backlog and managing the backlog. For entire development, quality assurance, deployment and continuous integration we use VSTS.

With everything at one place, the biggest worry of integrating different parts is gone. Which is the finest that Microsoft offers through VSTS

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Visual Studio TS review by Michelle W.
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"We couldn't get through our Sprints without Team Services"

What do you like best?

The ability to track our code through tfs as well as the ability to promote code, it really keeps us organized.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything that I really dislike, every now and then it forgets my username and password and I have to hunt around to find it, but that's more user error than anything I think.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your tired of JIRA, try this out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This really helps us with our Source Control, not only does it track our changes but it allows us to find old changes that happened months ago. The ability to enter notes on the user stories is a huge help. It also helps our auditing team watch what our software engineers are doing, or not doing.

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Visual Studio TS review by Jason V. T.
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"Intended to enable total Application Lifecycle Management for our development teams"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 acts as our organization's collaboration hub while adhering to best practices of Application Lifecycle Management. It helps automate the software delivery process. It helps all our project teams collaborate across roles. It helps track team actions and project requirements, tasks, bugs, source code, development build results, and QA testing results.

What do you dislike?

It's features and configurations are not very intuitive and not very user-friendly. Learning how to navigate in and around the system requires substantial immersion and user-adoption effort. The user interface seems somewhat rigid and not adhering to best practices of usability.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When choosing to use TFS, you need to ensure that majority or all of your project developers and other tech resources have sufficient knowledge and

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used Team Foundation Server 2013 to help enable comprehensive project development reporting, and to generate dashboards that provide historical trending, full traceability, and real-time visibility into software quality.

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"lo mejor de lo mejor"

What do you like best?

última versión de visual studio con el Team Foundation Server integrado en el propio IDE. Permite organizar y agrupar los equipos de trabajo por proyectos generando los repositorios para el control de ficheros y versiones. Manteniendo además los históricos de cambios de los distintos desarrolladores en distintas fechas. Además de la gestión de permisos, y tiempos de dedicación a los proyectos que se están desarrollando. Es una herramienta increíble y con una potencia descomunal para los desarrollos con tecnologías Microsoft. Sin duda la mejor opción actualmente para .NET.

What do you dislike?

una pena que no haya una versión gratuita para equipos reducidos y que los proyectos de versiones anteriores de Visual Studio no sean 100% compatibles con esta nueva plataforma.

Recommendations to others considering the product

una opción más que recomendable para equipos de desarrollo que trabajen con tecnologías microsoft

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

los beneficios son muy grandes para empresas que tienen proyectos internos con tecnologías microsoft, al facilitar la labor de los programadores y de los jefes de proyecto. Sin duda un producto muy recomendable pero no al alcance de todas las organizaciones por el precio de sus licencias.

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Visual Studio TS review by harshendra a.
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"Amazing piece of software which meets all of my job requirement."

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Team Services is the good software almost all field of developing the software for the developer.The bug finding feature is also one used heavily by my team and has contributed greatly to the success of many website launches for our company.Visual Studio Team Services is provide a cloud-based solution for developers with everything from hosted-code repositories and issue-tracking to load-testing. So your team can work effectively on software projects of all shapes and size.

What do you dislike?

i disliked the fact that once a sprint closed, it was not easy to see what work closed and what should have been moved forward. But I need to see if that is still tricky in the latest cloud version. Defects, for instance, will show what the current state is but you have to really look and make you're own reporting to see how long that bug has been active and whether it has been reopened multiple times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for work item tracking, you most certainly should check out Team Services. The source control leaves a little to be desired, but it's not unusable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are looking for a way to manage a large scale project with a 6+ member team. To date we have been able to get our large project organized and executed well using SCRUM methodology and TFS.

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Visual Studio TS review by Lokin S.
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"We are switching to VSTS #Agile tractability till code level, helps in DevOps"

What do you like best?

New changes recently done. when it moved from TFS to VSTS are really good. Kanban board with details is good. Its High level of customisation is possible. Dashboards created by our PM make it easy to use and provides really quick overview. From there its easy navigation to open items. Deployment steps provide robust process and approval process to keep it secured. Marketplace!! means a lot of extensible.

What do you dislike?

There is hardly anything to unlike, but I can say navigation can be improved a bit. Especially for Build and deployment options are confusing. Build and Release options are bit complex to understand. new UI for Task is bit complex. But one can always customise it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it, its much cost effective with enough features to manage modern project management capabilities. If you are already using MS stack, its best available solution. If you are on other technologies then also there will not be much learning curve, new web version is good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps in agile project management. With VSTS in place we have Project+Task tractability till bugs and code level. DevOps has improved to completely automate deployment of various release components and all this is done within few minutes, earlier we used to spend hours. Ability to execute PowerShell is plus.

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"If you are a MSFT shop and you wanted an integrated solution look no further"

What do you like best?

Source control/ Project Management/ Test Management/ Build and Deployment pipelines... all in one place. It does a pretty decent job of most of these. what you lose in terms of flexibility you gain in terms of integration and things flowing nicely

What do you dislike?

Probably not the best of breed in any one of these areas listed - Source control/ Project Management/ Test Management/ Build and Deployment pipelines. However, if you hate putting together multiple tools to handle these related but different aspects of development this is worth looking at.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you using Microsoft .Net stack (and, even if you aren't) you should look at the capabilities of this product if you prefer a single solution to handle development/ build processes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VSTS helps us manage the full lifecycle of software development activities. It helps in improving code quality/ developer productivity and overall program management

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Visual Studio TS review by Enrique C.
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"Best Suite for project management"

What do you like best?

You have all you need in the same place. They update the interface with new features and enhance every week with something new.

What do you dislike?

Is not the very usable. Sometimes you don't know where are the features you need. Nevertheless, the are improving with a new GUI to solve this issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can link tasks with an specific order and instructions to every member of the team. I ussualy do it every week and specify tasks for the next two weeks to have a mid overview of the projects states.

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Visual Studio TS review by Michelle B.
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"Cool idea, very helpful for keeping track of many step projects"

What do you like best?

How straightforward it is. Some project management products are so elaborate that it's almost more work to use it than to do the actual project. That works for some companies but our projects are very straightforward and so this is perfect

What do you dislike?

Kept thinking projects disappeared because they weren't starred or Favorited or whatever.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We look so much more professional to our clients when we have a clear list of what has and has not been completed yet on a project, and can check things off as we go and they can see it themselves. Gave clients a sense of security having a visual of exactly what work was left to do.

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Visual Studio TS review by Jordan B.
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"Visual Studio Review"

What do you like best?

I like that it is an easy way to keep track of all of our bugs, issues and issues that we need to address in our software.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that at time it can be hard to search for specific items. The tags that can be used do help with this issue however.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In the limited time that I have used this product I have been happy with it. I would recommend researching to see if it has features that you would use and if it can be customized for the type of work that you will be completing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving bugs and issues that users and staff how found within our software. One of the benefits is tracking common bugs and finding broader solutions instead of continually fixing the same issue over and over again.

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"very handy tool to keep track of project"

What do you like best?

We can use this in cloud. in this tool it is very much easy to track status of project status.

Easy to use and great UI support.

What do you dislike?

Security can be one of the concern if used on internet. It also provides source control and build tool but i am not using that for that purpose because we have more powerful source code version tool available in market with less expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can use this tool to track status of agile project.

task distribution and incident tracker.

SOme other features like build automation , control version is little slow on this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we used this tool to track the status of the project. Iteration tracking, tasks assigned to team members, Production Issues all these are tracked in this tool.

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Visual Studio TS review by Scott K.
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"Love this software"

What do you like best?

For small teams, it's free. It is very powerful and fits the way we work. As our team grows, we can start using pay for features. Also, I like the fact that stakeholders are free, as many as you want.

What do you dislike?

Tasks can be created under Product Backlog Items but they don't seem to work together in some instances. For example, if I take a PBI out of the sprint, I have to take all the tasks out separately. That is a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good price for smaller teams. Not sure about cost for larger teams. Helps if you have MSDN subscriptions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It supports our Agile shop nicely. The biggest benefit is that things don't slip through the cracks now and we can track code changes back to the items that inspired them to begin with.

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Visual Studio TS review by Sean P.
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"Powerful Features but needs some UX Work"

What do you like best?

VSTS provides a robust and powerful SCRUM project management solution. The ease in which you can organize sprints, tasks, and switch between a list a board view is great. The analytic and reporting capabilities can give you metrics on nearly anything going on. The use of capacity planning for team member is particularly helpful when tracking values in a sprint.

What do you dislike?

One key feature that is missing is in app notifications. You currently are only notified of an update via e-mail. In addition, on boarding a person to VSTS is a bit confusing since the UX for backlog, work, and board management isn't intuitive. Having the option to quickly update remaining hours on a task card is helpful, but there should be a similar means to create how many hours are estimated for easy setup/management.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some time to get used to the system. I would also recommend taking the time to learn how to build queries against your stories/tasks, since it will allow you to create dashboard charts that can be helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are looking for a way to manage a large scale project with a 6+ member team. To date we have been able to get our large project organized and executed well using SCRUM methodology and TFS.

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Visual Studio TS review by Jagmeet S.
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"Excellent application for team work"

What do you like best?

For software development that is being done by a team of developers requires certain support for successful collaboration. his could be in the form of versioning the code, creating the components and their releases, managing the process of development, and managing issues that may block such software development.

What do you dislike?

The Visual Studio Marketplace comes with over five hundred extensions that can be integrated with VSTS for a more comprehensive user experience. Sometime freshers get confused with it and take time to understand the feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

people can take benefit of this when they work together.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being developer, I worked on many applications where our team took benefit of this feature. We always have to share our files with each other, also it makes testing more easier.

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"Lead Developer Review of Visual Studio Team Services"

What do you like best?

It provides similar project management to many tools out there, but for me it has an edge over the competition because it is fully integrated with my development workflow. I can checking/checkout code, query/comment/modify work tasks / bugs, create relationships between commits/branches and tasks/bugs, etc. all from Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services web UI, and it's even getting better on mobile.

What do you dislike?

Since it's a highly complex piece of software I wish the initial setup/configuration was a little easier/user friendly. It's somewhat cumbersome and overwhelming and it's not intuitive as to what happens when a specific setting is changed. It's also difficult to go from a security/configuration error message to a "fix" because the messages are somewhat cryptic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend time to learn it well because once it's setup and out of your way, it can be a very valuable tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At the company I work for it's a collaborative tool used by developers, managers, testers, and documentation folks to track workflow and status of our specific goals.

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Visual Studio TS review by Sriraksha V.
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"Visual Studio for Open CV"

What do you like best?

I like best that visual Studio has so many options for customisation with respect to which language I wish to work with. As a windows user, VS lets me work with OpenCV

What do you dislike?

The software is bulky and will slow down computers after certain amount of use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio to code OpenCV projects on C++

It is beneficial because of the dedicated community who can assist us when we are trying to solve a code problem

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Visual Studio TS review by Nick D.
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"Old School Source Control"

What do you like best?

Outside of the source control features, Teams Services does have some really nice features for creating work items, tasks, bugs, and tracking the progress of all of those. The interface for them is easy to get used to and work with, and the integration directly into Visual Studio makes associating check-ins with work items dead simple.

What do you dislike?

Source control in Team Services (TFS) represents the "old style" of source control in that you need to be constantly connected to the server when working with your code in order for it to function properly. This is in contrast to git (and even subversion) which create local repositories that you sync when you need to with the server. This provides a whole lot more flexibility when it comes to managing your repositories.

Also, TFS doesn't feel like it's changed in a decade, and I feel as though it needs some TLC to bring it up to par with what you get with git.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for work item tracking, you most certainly should check out Team Services. The source control leaves a little to be desired, but it's not unusable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently only using it for source control (we keep our work items in JIRA). In the past, I've used it for managing a small Agile team of developers, and the work item tracking support made the process so much easier, especially as we were just starting to make the switch to Agile development.

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"Lots of new and useful features"

What do you like best?

- Easy to navigate with new navigation features

- The new web UI provides nice web based work item customization.

- There are are many improvements done in Release Management (i.e. partially-successful, meta-tasks, redeploy after success, delayed deployment)

- Especially for Linux users they introduced a new SSH tasks feature where users can just specify the SSH connection info as a service endpoint, then specify a shell script path or commands.

- Live update in kanban board is a good feature especially when you have daily standups

What do you dislike?

If we compare it with github, tfs is not that much intuitive and the comparing with the previous version is also not like github. I didn't find any way to link the previous version comparison with beyond compare, which I could easily do in github or clearcase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using TFS for source control management as well as backlog and tracking purposes. We are also using it to create and manage bugs/defects.

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Visual Studio TS review by Suraj G.
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"Visual studio review after 1 year experience in it."

What do you like best?

Best software for .net and java development, easily development with its best features like toos which are available and also we can connect our sql connection and write our queries in it. And also we can import external API ans we can maintain our code structure easily.

What do you dislike?

Everything is fine , its open source and freely available so l like it .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have developed my many c# project in it , we dont need to open seperate SQL server to write procedure or sql queries because its inbuilt features provide sql interface and another thing easily drag and drop we can create GUI.

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Visual Studio TS review by Johnie K.
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"It's the way to go"

What do you like best?

I've been a fan of TFS and TFVS for many years. Team Services brings everything I like about on premise TFS and puts it in the cloud. I get my choice of GIT or TFVS and I get the latest and greatest release every few weeks. The pricing is my favorite piece of the puzzle. I get all that TFS has to offer, for free!

What do you dislike?

Getting continuous integration to work properly between Team Services and on premise web servers is no easy task. The rapid release cycles of TFS means documentation is quickly out of date. Navigation can also be a pain sometimes, as navigation terms are ambiguous and repeated in some cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using VSTS in junction with Visual Studio and Azure make the best combination, but it works well with other stacks also.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use TFS for source control and product backlog management. We will use it for continuous integration as well, once we move our web server to Azure.

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Visual Studio TS review by Celia S.
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"Useful Collaboration Tool for Big Biz/Closed Source Setting"

What do you like best?

Really appreciate first and foremost the wide variety of customization options including work item management on the dashboard/main screen. A lot of options are available as well for plug-ins and custom widgets. This may make it sound busy or cluttered by the overall design still manages to be clean and modern.

If cost is an issue, VSTS offers a potential benefit over the major competitor Github. VSTS is priced on a per-user basis rather than on a repository basis. Users can have unlimited repositories.

What do you dislike?

VSTS takes a little longer to get used to than Github which has a very basic interface. However, VSTS in exchange is much more customizable as previously stated. Github might be a better fit for those working on open source projects or with small, informal teams. Another inconvenience is that there aren't a lot of options for hosted build services on VSTS, whereas there are many for Github.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the wide variety of customization options available to you on the dashboard in order to make VSTS the best possible tool for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a front-end developer working in a small, agile development team within a large corporation. VSTS allows the team to communicate with each other easily, even the non-developers. The to-do list on the dashboard gets priorities communicated to everyone. The ability to integrate testing with work item management is also been helpful to us.

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Visual Studio TS review by Cameron R.
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"Great Teamwork Tool"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy the modern and clean user interface, I feel that it helped in my productivity a lot as there were few distractions. I also liked how customizable it is, especially that you can put widgets anywhere you want in a grid. Along with that, the number of widgets it comes with and that are addable is amazing and really helpful.

VSTS also improved productivity in our workplace because it can be made into anything from a to-do list to a bulletin board. The support for Markdown and various other services is also very nice.

What do you dislike?

I can see this program being confusing for people not used to working with tools as advanced as this, mostly because it's hard to get so much readable information into such a small space with so many good widgets.

The grid feel of it is also not great, It feels like a certain transition from OS to OS that many of us didn't like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a developer or in management, I definitely recommend using this product. It's easy to implement and making inter-team and inter-departmental easier is always something to look for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is great for keeping everyone on the same page. Some people who can't understand what's going on in the code can leave notes for the developers, so they can see and implement the changes or answer the questions.

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Visual Studio TS review by Emily K.
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"Visual Studios Helps Take Collaborative Team to the Next Level"

What do you like best?

The dashboard provides a high level UX. It allows me to centralize information for my team across various departments and needs. It is clean and simple to read. The bug finding feature is also one used heavily by me team and has contributed greatly to the success of many website launches for our agency.

What do you dislike?

Navigation can get confusing when trying to drill down deeper into services and required more training than anticipated for my employees. Also design elements could use more development as there are likely some more dashboard features that could be sourced/created.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are an organization that requires a large amount of collaboration between team members this tool will help you centralize and organize your information for dissemination to your team. All in all, it will make youre life a lot easier!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing a single location for multiple aspects of agency work that require collaboration between all and various combinations of team members.

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"VS TS is a great repository. "

What do you like best?

Microsofts reputation for overwrought software does not disappoint in this case. In a repository software system there are certain hallmarks to consider. The branching/merging and compare tools are simple and intuitive to use. The repository is easily searchable and integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft stack technology.

What do you dislike?

This is a double edged sword sometimes as the product feels combuersome and difficult to navigate. Each revision has modified menus so it is sometimes difficult to find what you are looking for. The search menus bar helps mitigate that problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using the microsoft development software stack, you should be using this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

this is the tool used to manage a repository of source code for our various software applications.

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Visual Studio TS review by Himanshu V.
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"Good services for the team work"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Team Services is the good software almost all field of developing the software for the developer. It provide the good service for the team to share code (I think perfect) in the multiple programming language which is the best for the developer.

It's the perfect complement to our existing IDE(integrated development environment)

Visual Studio Team Services is provide a cloud-based solution for developers with everything from hosted-code repositories and issue-tracking to load-testing. So your team can work effectively on software projects of all shapes and size.

What do you dislike?

There nothing to dislike in the Visual Studio Team Services but still have some feature which I dislike in the Visual Studio . That is it is not possible to use Visual Studio (any version) to upload a process template to Team Services. There needed to implement workflow customization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to recommend Visual Studio Team Services to those which are having a team and like test driven environment for decision making. I had a huge help from Visual Studio in understanding the problems and drawback in my codes. Its a good software and one should give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problem that I solve on the Visual Studio Team Services is to developed the software and modifying our software. As I developed the many software with the help of the Visual Studio Team Services I realized that it is the good for the developing for the team work.

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"I love Visual Studio team Services"

What do you like best?

It is so easy to learn, and easy to see your work. It also allows the whole team to see code check ins, etc which you cannot see with other products. It has good online help that is easy to follow. Also, I like the fact that I can quickly start using a free account to practice and brush up on the tool before using it at a new job.

What do you dislike?

I used to dislike the fact that once a sprint closed, it was not easy to see what work closed and what should have been moved forward. But I need to see if that is still tricky in the latest cloud version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would always want to use team Services when using .net technology and/or in a company who uses the MS products. It is easy to learn, great tutorials, and very helpful for distributed teams. I used the on-prem version in 2015, and am starting a new PM role where I will use the cloud version. The online tutorials are very helpful in showing the differences.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product applications which enhance user experience and increase sales.

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Visual Studio TS review by HARDIK C.
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