Microsoft gives you DevOps on Azure – whether you want it or not

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Microsoft has gone all in with DevOps on its Azure cloud, with a suite of CI/CD, repo and planning tools under a single brand and price.

The firm has pitched the launch of Azure DevOps as “the evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). VSTS users will be upgraded into Azure DevOps projects automatically.”

Which suggests some customers will be embracing the cultural change and open-ness associated with DevOps whether they like it or not.

At first glance, all the major bases are covered. Azure Pipelines delivers CI/CD, and connects to GitHub “or any other Git repository”. Work tracking is provided with Azure Boards. Testing comes in the form of Azure Test Plans. There is also Azure Artifacts and Axure Repos.

DevOps is closely associated with open source, and Redmond is offering free CI/CD on Azure Pipelines for up to ten parallel jobs.

Otherwise, pricing starts at £22.3593 per month for 10 users, one hosted job and 1,800 minutes. By comparison, 1,000 users kicks in at £4,583.6504 per month. Small teams with up to five users get one host job and 1,800 minutes for free.

The all singing all dancing launch will come on Tuesday, Pacific Time, and we’ll be taking a closer look later this week.