Set up Visual Studio with Team Services

Last Update: 6/7/2017

Team Services

When you first launch Visual Studio 2015, you can sign in and connect to Visual Studio Team Services.

If you have already gone through Visual Studio sign in, or you are using Visual Studio 2017, then learn how to connect to your Team Services from the Team Explorer window.

Once connected, you can store or share code in free, unlimited, private, cloud-based Git repositories or Team Foundation version control. Organize and manage your work using Agile tools for DevOps, continuous integration, and continuous delivery so your team can build often, test early, and ship faster.

To set up Visual Studio without Team Services, learn how to get started here. To host your own server, learn how to install and set up Team Foundation Server.

Visual Studio Team Services is free for up to 5 users with access to Basic features and for unlimited Visual Studio subscribers and Stakeholders who can access limited features. Learn what else you get with Team Services. If you want, you can also use Team Services with any IDE or code editor, like:

How do I set up Visual Studio 2015 for Team Services during sign in?

  1. Download and install Visual Studio, if you don't have the version you want already. Which versions can I use with Visual Studio Team Services?

    If you have a Visual Studio subscription that includes the Visual Studio IDE, get the version that's available with your subscription.

  2. Start Visual Studio, then sign in to create your profile.

    This profile saves your settings and roams with you when you sign in to Visual Studio on any computer. Why else should I sign in? If you're a Visual Studio subscriber, use the sign-in address for your subscription.

    Sign in to Visual Studio

    Can't sign in?

  3. Enter your sign-in address, then enter your password.

  4. Add your Visual Studio profile details. You only have to do this once.

    Create your profile

  5. Give your Team Services account a name, and confirm its location.

    Name your account, confirm its location

    How can I create a Team Services account later or change its location?

  6. Create your first team project to store your code, work items, backlog, builds, tests, and other assets. Name your team project, select a process to organize your work, and choose the version control to manage your code.

    Create your team project

    Not sure which to choose? Learn which process and version control (Git or Team Foundation Version Control) work best for you.

  7. If you're a new Visual Studio user, you can change your settings here, or change them later in Visual Studio options.

    Change settings, if you want

    These changes are saved with your profile, and your settings roam with you wherever you sign in.

  8. To view your new Team Services account, sign in to https://{youraccount}

    Having browser problems with Team Services?


Q & A

Visual Studio

Q: Why sign in?

A: Your Visual Studio settings, like automatic brace completion, are saved with your profile. These settings roam with your personal Microsoft account, or your work or school account, when you sign in to Visual Studio on any computer.

Sign in to Visual Studio during the 30-day trial period for these benefits:

  • Visual Studio Enterprise: Extend your trial for 90 days. When your trial expires, learn how to unlock Visual Studio.
  • Visual Studio Express or Community: Continue to use this edition for free

When you create your profile, you can also create a Team Services account.

Learn more about the benefits of signing in and creating a profile.

Q: Why can't I sign in?

A: To create a profile and save your settings, you'll need to sign in with a personal Microsoft account or a work or school account that's managed by Azure Active Directory.

Q: Which versions of Visual Studio can I use with Visual Studio Team Services?

A: You can use:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual Studio 2010, requires Service Pack 1 and KB2662296
  • Visual Studio 2008 SP1, requires GDR update

To connect to Team Services with Visual Studio 2008 through Visual Studio 2012

  1. Start Visual Studio.
  2. From the Team menu or Team Explorer, go to Connect to Team Foundation Server > Select Team Projects > Servers.
  3. Add your Team Services account ({youraccount}
  4. Select your team project, and finish connecting.

If you get connection errors, try choosing HTTPS as your protocol.

To connect to Team Services with Visual Studio 2015 and later, learn how to connect to team projects.

Q: Can I use Visual Studio 2015 with Visual Studio 2013 and 2012 on the same computer?

A: Yes, you can run all these versions on the same computer.

Q: My subscription expired. What do I do?

A: Here's how to unlock Visual Studio. If you're having subscription problems, try Subscription Support.

Q: I'm having problems installing or signing in to Visual Studio. How do I get help?

A: Learn more about:

Or contact Visual Studio Support.

Visual Studio Team Services

Q: How can I create a Visual Studio Team Services account later?

A: Learn how to sign up for Visual Studio Team Services.

Q: Why won't my browser work with Team Services?

A: This might happen if you're using an unsupported browser. For the best experience, please check that you're using a supported browser.

Q: I don't remember my Team Services account name (URL). Where can I find it?

A: Sign in to your Visual Studio profile to find your account list.

Q: What happens if I forget my password?

A: You can recover your Microsoft account password here or your work or school account password here, if your organization turned on this feature. Otherwise, contact your Azure Active Directory administrator to recover your work or school account.

Q: Can I change my Visual Studio Team Services account location?

A: Yes, for a better experience, you can change your account's location during signup so that your account is closest to most users.

Change account location

Your account's default location is selected based on the closest Microsoft Azure region where Visual Studio Team Services is available.

Q: How do you store, secure, and protect my data?

A: Visual Studio Team Services uses many Microsoft Azure storage features to make sure your data is available in case of hardware failure, service disruption, or data center disasters. Also, the Visual Studio Team Services team has procedures to protect data from accidental or malicious deletion.

We follow industry best practices, and have enterprise-grade security measures to help protect your code and project data. Also, all communication between your computer and the service takes place over an encrypted HTTPS connection. Learn how Team Services secures and protects your data.

Q: Do I still own my code and intellectual property? What do you do with my personal information?

A: Yes, your code and your IP are yours. Please review our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Q: Where can I find the Visual Studio Team Services SLAs?

A: You can find them here: Visual Studio Team Services SLAs

Q: Can I change my Team Services account name (URL) or owner?

A: Yes, if you have at least Basic access, you can do this in your account settings. Learn how to:

Q: Can I delete a Team Services account that I don't need anymore?

A: Yes, see Delete or recover your Team Services account.

Q: How do I get help or support for Team Services?

A: Try the Team Services forum or Team Services Support.