Visual Studio Online (VSO) vs. Team Foundation Server (TFS)

This blog post is comparing the current feature set of Microsoft’s hosted TFS solution – Visual Studio Online (VSO) and the on-premises Team Foundation Server product.

Feature Comparison (as of February 2014)

 

TFS

VSO

Work Items, Version Control, & Build

Yes

Yes

Agile Product/Project Management

Yes

Yes

Test Case Management

Yes

Yes

Heterogeneous Development (Eclipse, Git)

Yes

Yes

Ease of Installation and Setup

+/-

++

Collaborate with anyone, from anywhere

+/-

++

Data stays inside your network

Yes

No

Process Template & Work Item Customization

Yes

No

SharePoint Integration

Yes

No

Data Warehouse & Reporting

Yes

No

CodeLens Support

Yes

No

Cloud Load Testing

No

Yes

Application Insights

No

Yes

Always running the latest version of TFS

No

Yes

Remember: Visual Studio Online is currently a so-called “commercial preview”.

Some other limitations of VSO (as of February 2014)

  • No Data Export (there are plans to make it available for a short time period)
  • No Data Import (if you want to move from on-premises TFS to VSO)
  • No Integration with Active Directory (users sign in using Microsoft Accounts)
  • No choice of geographic location (data stored in data center in Chicago)

–Neno

One thought on “Visual Studio Online (VSO) vs. Team Foundation Server (TFS)”

  1. Maybe not a “feature” per se, but I would also include “Do not want to maintain TFS servers” – TFS: No; VSO: Yes (or something to that effect).

    Nice post!

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