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Executive Summary
Updated on March 15, 2022

We reviewed Microsoft Azure DevOps vs TFS according to our users’ review in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Microsoft users say that the solution is easy to implement and the setup is straightforward. However, when moving from on-premises to the cloud, it becomes more complicated. TFS users say the setup is more difficult than Azure DevOps and takes longer too.

  • Features: Users like that Azure is regularly adding features to their service. The built-in Power Business Intelligence was mentioned as one of the best features, as was the simple integration when working with other Microsoft products. The all-in-one platform and ease of management are other features that users find most convenient. On the downside, users would like Azure DevOps to improve the API capability and add more functionality to the administrative layer. Users also mention they would like the templates to improve and the number of tasks allowed to increase.

    TFS users consider traceability and project management to be their most valuable features. Other features of value are the user stories, the work item feature, and the simplicity of task management. On the downside, some users consider TFS to be outdated. The user interface is not user-friendly and needs improvement to increase usability. Users also would like to see better integration between TFS and third-party tools like Jira and SharePoint.

  • Pricing: Microsoft’s cost per user is one of the drawbacks users find in the platform, which makes the solution quite expensive. While TFS is more cost-effective than other solutions, some features are not included in the standard licensing fees, which can raise the price.

  • Service and Support: According to some users, Microsoft’s support is excellent, and they often go the extra mile for their customers. But other users felt that Microsoft delivers minimal support and needs to improve. TFS users feel that service and support need improvement and also find documentation lacking.

Comparison results: Microsoft Azure DevOps is a more advanced solution than TFS. Regardless of the higher cost, it offers stronger capabilities, evolving features, and better support.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. TFS report (Updated: May 2022).
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Pros
"Great project management feature and Git-based repository.""There are a lot of helpful features available for tracking dependencies.""We are able to generate many different types of reports from Azure.""It's a complete solution that has everything you need.""Typically the sprints themselves and managing the tasks have essentially eliminated our need for reporting.""The most valuable features are continuous integration and deployment, and simplicity.""The initial setup is very easy.""DevOps is easy to use because we can arrange each task in a project and follow up with the testing, development, and business teams. We manage everything through this."

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"The most valuable feature is integration, particularly if you have a .NET application.""The initial setup is fairly easy.""What I like the most is that you can set permissions on just one folder.""The most valuable features of TFS are the test plans. We can reproduce reusable test plans in test automation. We have a lot of queries and this feature is very useful.""Some of the valuable features are version control and the ability to create different collections in terms of segregating the authorization for teams who connect to small projects.""It's is a very stable solution.""Good branching and labelling features.""User alerts are very helpful for knowing when work is required."

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Cons
"I would like to see a bit more project tracking.""The UI could be improved.""The UI, the user experience, is challenging for newcomers.""It should have security features for scanning the code and checking it for vulnerability and security. Currently, I am using other tools for this. It should also have integration with other tools to improve security.""It would be great if I could integrate with a human resource type of software that could control timesheets.""They should expand it from just a PC, software, or server development platform to other kinds of software or engineering systems so that it is not necessarily built around a normal PC with a server. I would like to see the ability to write my own scripts in my own compiled program or online. Right now, there are things that you can do in the user interface, but you can't do them programmatically and vice versa. I want to see them both. If I can do it in a script, I should be able to do it from the user interface, and if I can do it in the user interface, I should be able to do it in a script.""It would be very useful if it had better integration with Microsoft Word because we would like to be able to define the priority requirement document and add it to different stages of the backlog.""Integration and plugins for other tools could better. Like if you want to integrate the DevOps with other tools that are in the market. This could be for the engineering tools to check code quality, application security tools, and DevOps dashboard tools."

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"The program and portfolio planning facility can be improved.""TFS isn't a great tool if you're on the cloud.""There should be management of the project built-in.""The dashboard and the customization of dashboards is an area they have to work on.""The execution of test cases could stand improvement.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""The reporting functionality is something that they should work on.""I'm looking for specific options that aren't currently available, such as active status, new status, or what's currently in progress."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools."
  • "It is the least expensive product in this class."
  • "I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market."
  • "Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects."
  • "It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
  • "The price of this solution is fair."
  • "With Azure, you have to pay for every user."
  • "As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month."
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  • "TFS is more competitively priced than some other solutions."
  • "We pay subscription fees on a yearly basis and the price is reasonable."
  • "I wouldn't say that this tool is cheap or expensive but in the middle."
  • "We are using the open-source version."
  • "The price of the solution is cheaper than other competitors and it is a per-user license."
  • "We pay for the license yearly."
  • "I am not in a position to comment on the licensing terms, as we are talking about an enterprise arrangement."
  • "I was working with the engineering team, and that was not under my umbrella. From what I can remember, its license was yearly. They had the licenses on a per-user basis, and they included MTM."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    KulbhushanMayer - PeerSpot reviewerKulbhushanMayer
    Real User

    Hi @Netanya Carmi


    Both are good and in fact, TFS is now rebranded as Azure DevOps server.


    Now the point is about your requirement, if your requirement is to work closely with Cloud Services Cloud Application and you are Ok to manage your code and CI/CD plans over the cloud platform then go for Azure DevOps whereas if you can't move the data to cloud use Azure DevOps Server. 


    But for such tools my first choice is Gitlab.


    Rest you can call me at 9717996125 or drop me at kulbhushan.mayer@thinknyx.com to discuss further.

    Sameh-Hablas - PeerSpot reviewerSameh-Hablas
    Real User

    Both, it depends on what you want to do with it and what is your technical environment. 

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
    Top Answer:TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is automation with version control.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are related to source code management. Using TFS for source code management and being able to branch and have multiple developers work on the same projects is valuable. We… more »
    Top Answer:I believe we pay on a yearly basis. I don't know the current costs of them. We outsource all that to a third party. Each of the developers gets a Microsoft Visual Studio Azure DevOps license, which… more »
    Top Answer:They have room for improvement in merging the source code changes for multiple developers across files. It is very good at highlighting the changes that the source code automatically does not know how… more »
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    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    Overview

    Microsoft Azure DevOps is a cloud service that enables developers to collaborate on code development projects and create and deploy applications quicker than ever before. The service helps unite developers, project managers, and software development experts through a collaborative experience while using the application. For the users' convenience, Azure DevOps offers the user cloud services through Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises service using Azure DevOps Server. In addition, it supports integration with additional services and adding extensions, including the ability for the user to create their own custom extensions. 

    Azure DevOps provides a variety of unified features that can be accessed through their web browser or IDE client, such as:

    • Azure Pipelines - Develop and deploy services to support ongoing application integration and delivery. Azure pipelines, which work with almost every project type and most languages, will automatically test code projects in order to make them available to others.

    • Azure Artifacts - Share packages and integrate package sharing between teams. Packages include NuGet, npm, and Maven, in addition to other private and public sources. Developers can now share and consume packages with other developers from different public registries.

    • Azure Repos - Offers source control of your code through Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git repositories. Developers can now keep track of any changes that are made in their code over the course of their project.

    • Azure Test Plans - Offers continuous and manual/exploratory app testing through several tools. Test Suites, or a collection of Test Cases, are grouped together in a container called a Test Plan.

    • Azure Boards - Provides a suite of Agile tools to track work, support planning, code defects, and general issues while using Kanban and Scrum software. Teams are in need of tools that are flexible and will help them grow. Azure Boards is a service that helps developers manage their software projects. 

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure DevOps

    Microsoft Azure DevOps offers many benefits, including:

    • A quick setup and easy deployment
    • An elastic scale
    • Exceptional security
    • No-maintenance operations
    • Effortless collaboration through domains
    • The ability to create and deploy products faster than traditional software

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Azure DevOps stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to forecast how long each task will take and the ability for users to follow the entire development process.

    PeerSpot viewers note the effectiveness of this solution. An executive chief operating officer for a cloud provider notes, “We can forecast tasks and the number of hours a task will take and can compare it with how long a task actually takes.” 

    Carlos H., a product and system director at SPCM, writes, “I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.”

    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms locally or in the cloud and gives you the tools you need to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. TFS
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 93 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 22 reviews. Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "It is helpful for scheduled releases and enforcing rules, but it should be better at merging changes for multiple developers and retaining the historical information". Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, GitLab, ServiceNow IT Business Management, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Rally Software, whereas TFS is most compared with Jira, Rally Software, Visual Studio Test Professional, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and TestRail by Gurock. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. TFS report.

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