Difference between TFS and Visual Studio Online

Hello Techie 🙂 ,

Here, this is my next notes about TFS????   Ahhhhh… Noo — It’s VSO !!!! Mmmmm confusing… Yes and No!!! Lets get further into both terms.

As we know TFS is Microsoft’s Applicatio?n Life Cycle Management Product and its concentrated to manage the work items, source code, version control, defining build, creating reports and much more. Also, TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms and gives the tools  to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.

Currently, TFS is having two forms:


  1.            On Premises – TFS on server
  2.            On Line  – TFS on Cloud  known as Visual Studio Online

TFS is product while Visual studio online is cloud service provided by Microsoft, so VSO doesn’t have versions like TFS having 2010/2012/2013 but its services being updated.

To access VSO, It needs Microsoft account while TFS can be accessed via windows account.

TFS and VSO both are having same features like work items, version control,build,agile management, test case management,Git.Also they both get set up with easy installation and able to connect from anywhere to collaborating in team.Howevere there are few features having difference as mentioned in below comparison matrix :


Bottom line – Visual Studio Online is a cloud-based platform of tools and services that helps you plan, deploy and manage your application. It evolved from TFS and Team Foundation Service, bringing the Microsoft ALM platform to the cloud and strengthening it with new services like Application Insights and an online IDE.

Enjoy Exploring 🙂 !


Dipti Chhatrapati

Dipti Chhatrapati is a SharePoint specialist currently working as a Senior Consultant for CapGemini in Mumbai, India. She has more than 9 years of experience in application development, design, maintenance, administration and is continuously working with improving her skills and keeping them up to date. As a developer, project leader and SharePoint Business Analyst, she has been an extensive user of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server throughout her career. Dipti is very passionate about music, sports, and arts and loves to spend her free time learning new things, socializing with friends and family, cooking, exercising and singing.

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Sobers D'souza

This blog of comparison matrix between Visual Studio Online & TFS On-Premises is quite informative & was looking for such information for quite long time.

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