Microsoft announced on Sept 10th that Visual Studio Team Services would soon become Azure DevOps. Along with the name change are a few alterations to the service names. VSTS users shouldn't feel too out of place. It feels like the same house with the furniture slightly rearranged. So far, I only see upside to the changes.
The changes, however, are more than just cosmetic in some areas. The most welcome change is unlimited build minutes for open source projects. I'm having trouble finding the links tonight, but I believe the old limit was somewhere around 240 build minutes per month. In addition to the free minutes, 10 parallel build jobs are provided. This is huge and puts the service on par with some of it's peers. Getting the world to move towards embracing the cloud for CI/CD is tough enough without users feeling afraid of the bill. The thing most people don't consider is that builds fail. Depending on what you are doing, they might fail a lot. And sometimes they take a long time to error out. This is a huge relief for customers.
I'm ultimately in favor of this change. I think the name change will aid the product in that it's far more descriptive of what it does. The Visual Studio name has a ton of legacy and value in the developer community, but it's not something most Infrastructure / Ops people deal with on a regular basis. In the more extreme cases, the Visual Studio name keeps Operations people away from it. There are many folks out there who think the only way to do DevOps is with Jenkins or other tools, and could have overlooked VSTS because they thought it was strictly for developers. The new name puts it right out in front for all involved.
There's a pretty decent video introduction on youtube for the service. I've embedded that video here ...
E. (n.d.). Visual Studio Team Services is now Azure DevOps Services. Retrieved from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/user-guide/what-happened-vsts?view=vsts&viewFallbackFrom=vsts/?WT.mc_id=Social-Twitter-phschmit
Introducing Azure DevOps. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-azure-devops/