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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 On the downside, some users consider TFS to be outdated.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: September 2022).
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"Setting up Azure DevOps was straightforward. It's easy to use the default templates. Everything is under our control, so it's simple to implement new requirements.""This platform provides a large span of tools and technologies.""I found the Kanban board to be the most useful for my needs.""I like the tracking and that we can monitor our velocity.""The initial setup is very easy.""In Microsoft Azure DevOps, you have a one shop to get everything.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it saves time.""One of the main features is the user interface is very good."

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"The interface is good with TFS.""The most valuable feature from my point of view is project management, which includes user stories as well as task management.""It's user friendly. We haven't had any issues so far. It's flexible. If we need something, we can always contact the owner in our headquarters to make a configuration.""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.""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.""It's is a very stable solution.""TFS's best features include user-friendly test management, bug reporting, and ID assignment.""The most valuable feature is integration, particularly if you have a .NET application."

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"Testing is very important. Microsoft Azure DevOps tests very well. However, DevOps teams need to be aware of what they are impacting when someone updates anything on the system.""I can't think of anything I would like to improve, since I don't have complete knowledge of the platform yet. I'm sure that as I gain more experience, I will understand it better. The price could maybe be cheaper, but I'm sure I'll have more ideas as to improvements and additional features once I've used it more.""They have brought a lot of new collaboration features in the latest version. We haven't used those features, but they should continue to expand it more on the collaboration front so that two developers can look at the code and work at the same time. It will be helpful for working from home.""The active directory password system needs some improvement because many times the password for the active directory expires before the set time.""With the query feature, we have to group items, so it becomes difficult for everyone to understand it. It's easier in JIRA, which has filters and other query options.""The solution should have fewer updates.""There are some areas that need improvement such as tracking.""Not all companies use the same methodology which could limit the use of this solution."

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"It has been really dated. When you start to work more in an agile environment, it is not really that flexible. They tried to replicate the look and feel of Jira, but it is not quite there. It was nice to use in the past, but it is not as flexible now with the changing development environments and methodologies.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""Overall, I think it would be useful to have something similar where Microsoft comes up with supporting concepts of scaling Agile in TFS so that clients don't have to look for a separate tool.""I would like to see TFS improve its web interface as there are some limitations with IDs and the integration behind it and with open-source tools like VS Code.""The project management side should be addressed and the project and release planning should be somewhat extended.""There are many things that I cannot do, and I have a lot of bugs.""There's not automatic access to test case management and execution.""The solution should have better dashboards."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian."
  • "The main agile features are very expensive."
  • "Most of the things that we need and use are incorporated in the corporate solution — there are no additional costs."
  • "I don't know what we pay, but I do know what I've seen online. If we switched to JIRA, we will basically have to double our costs because we still have to pay for the DevOps licensing. We're probably spending $100 a month on it. It has only standard licensing fees."
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  • "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."
  • "Microsoft products are always expensive. Obviously, they are quality products, but it would be helpful if there was a reduction in price. But compared to other vendors, I think the cost is high."
  • "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 gives them access to the TFS server as well. We probably pay on average about 1,800 Canadian Dollars a year for every developer, but that covers a lot more than just TFS."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    KulbhushanMayer - PeerSpot reviewerKulbhushanMayer

    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 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 feature of TFS is that it keeps the code secure while working collaboratively in a team of four or five individuals.
    Top Answer:Our organization has an enterprise license with TFS.
    Top Answer:I would like to see TFS improve its web interface as there are some limitations with IDs and the integration behind it and with open-source tools like VS Code. As a version control, we have found some… more »
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    Also Known As
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    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
    September 2022
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 84 reviews while TFS is ranked 5th 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 Strategic Portfolio 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 Zephyr Enterprise. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. TFS report.

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