Microsoft reveals more info on Visual Studio Online and "Monaco"

Today, as part of its official launch of Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft also announced Visual Studio Online, which is the new name for what the company previously called the Team Foundation Service. Microsoft's Brian Harry talked a bit about Visual Studio Online in our Q&A with him earlier today and in a new blog post he offers up more details on the service.

The post has a statement from Harry on the company's reasons for changing the name of Team Foundation Service. He writes:

The name change is not due to any one change we are making today but rather an indicator that Visual Studio Online is the services component of our developer tools. It will, of course, continue to support all the kinds of development you do – Windows, Azure, Java, iOS, etc. and the IDE you need – Visual Studio, Eclipse, XCode, Android Studio, etc. But the name does indicate a continued broadening of our offering – you’ll see some more on this below if you continue to read.

Visual Studio Online is currently in what Harry calls a "Commercial Preview” mode so that Microsoft can continue to work on the billing system and squash any bugs that might pop up. The service will have a general availability launch sometime later in 2014. Anyone who already has a subscription to Team Foundation Service will get free access to Visual Studio Online for 90 days. Harry writes, "This will give everyone a few months to look at and understand the plans, ask questions and decide what to do. And, of course, we’ll continue to have free accounts for small teams."

Microsoft has also announced it has launched a preview of what it currently calls "Monaco", which Harry says is for developers to create and maintain Windows Azure Websites. He says, "Monaco is a rich, browser based, code focused development environment optimized for the Windows Azure platform, making it easy to start building and maintaining applications for the cloud."

Don't forget that Neowin readers will be able to ask questions to Harry live at 5 pm ET later today so you can ask him about Visual Studio Online, Monaco and more.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Visual studio is awesome and quite piece of work compared to eclipse, when is see eclipse only things comes in mind >> ugly, even intelliJIdea look lot better and that's why Google chose it to create android studio.

nice but they really have to put more emphasis on the agile templates for TFS. To customize them, you have to edit some wacky XML which is poorly documented and it is very hard to track how accurate the team estimates are at the end of the sprint. TFS doesn't keep any history of anything so we can't go back and analyze our estimating accuracy.

neonspark said,
nice but they really have to put more emphasis on the agile templates for TFS. To customize them, you have to edit some wacky XML which is poorly documented and it is very hard to track how accurate the team estimates are at the end of the sprint. TFS doesn't keep any history of anything so we can't go back and analyze our estimating accuracy.

I don't see the link between a version of VS hosted on Azure, which is what this is, and some TFS templates.

Not saying your complaint isn't legitimate, just saying this is not the place for it if you're hoping for any kind of resolution or even acknowledgement.

_dandy_ said,

I don't see the link between a version of VS hosted on Azure, which is what this is, and some TFS templates.

"Visual Studio Online, which is the new name for what the company previously called the Team Foundation Service"

Stetson said,

"Visual Studio Online, which is the new name for what the company previously called the Team Foundation Service"

<facepalm>

M'kay. Have fun with that.

incendy said,
Very cool stuff. Visual Studio team is awesome

Indeed. I can't even look at another IDE like Eclipse or XCode and think to myself that I wished I could do Android / iOS development in Visual Studio. With Xamarin around now-a-days, that question is quickly being answered in a great way.

incendy said,
Very cool stuff. Visual Studio team is awesome

Yes it sure is very cool, I use it quite a bit and it sure beats having an on premise server with TFS. When you have a team that's dispersed across multiple offices, or even across continents, not having to manage the infrastructure and security around the infrastructure is a big plus.