Early Adopter FAQ

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What does being an “early adopter” mean?

Early adopters are those who created an account prior to December 13, 2013. Early adopters can access the full set of features available on Visual Studio Online—even features that are reserved for those on paid user plans and MSDN subscribers—by assigning each user the free Early Adopter user plan until May 7, 2014. If you’re an early adopter, we’ve already set up each of your users with this user plan (except for those who we recognized as MSDN subscribers, or users with a monthly subscription to Visual Studio Online Professional).

Assign user licenses 

How will the experience work for early adopters?

We will automatically recognize MSDN subscribers who:

  • were members of a Visual Studio Online account as of December 13, 2013,
  • have an MSDN-eligible plan assigned, and 
  • previously logged in using the same Microsoft account they use for their MSDN subscription.

All other users were temporarily assigned the Early Adopter user plan during the early adopter period. The Early Adopter user plan includes all the features in the Advanced user plan, plus Web Test Case Management. 

Why was the Early Adopter period extended?

We extended the Early Adopter period from March 14, 2014 to May 7, 2014 so that we can focus on delivering additional updates to Visual Studio Online over the next few months. We are also taking advantage of this extra time to get more feedback from our Early Adopters (see: Visual Studio Online forum) about their experiences with Visual Studio Online.

What will happen to users on my account who are still assigned the Early Adopter user plan on May 7, 2014?

You can assign a different user plan to each user in the account. Every Visual Studio Online account includes 5 free Basic user plans and unlimited MSDN subscribers (remember to set your MSDN Subscribers to Eligible MSDN Subscriber user plans to ensure we can recognize them).

  Eligible MSDN Subscriber 

However, if you need more than the free service offerings, you can simply link your Visual Studio Online account with a Windows Azure subscription to buy additional/upgraded user plans, Cloud Build minutes, and Cloud Load Testing, all on a month-to-month basis.

If the 5 free Basic user plans are not assigned by May 7, 2014, we will convert up to 5 Early Adopter user plans to the free Basic user plans upon the next user sign in. Any remaining users with an Early Adopter user plan will be blocked until the account owner, or an administrator, assigns a valid user plan. 

If I’m new to Visual Studio Online, will I need to pay for anything?

Many customers can use Visual Studio Online without paying anything. With a Visual Studio Online account, you can have a team of 5 people (each with the free Basic user plan), unlimited MSDN subscribers, an hour of Cloud Build per month, and 15,000 virtual user minutes of Cloud Load Testing.

How can I set up billing for my existing Visual Studio Online account?

Many customers started out by setting up a free Visual Studio Online account directly on tfs.visualstudio.com. These accounts were previously referred to as “Team Foundation Service” accounts. When you set up an account directly via Visual Studio Online, no billing information is required. You are limited to using the free level of service (5 free users with the Basic plan, eligible MSDN subscribers, 60 minutes of Build, etc.) until you enable billing.

Billing is enabled by creating a Windows Azure subscription (such as the Pay As You Go subscription), then linking your existing Visual Studio Online account to this Windows Azure subscription. You can do this in the Windows Azure Management Portal by choosing NewApp ServicesVisual Studio OnlineLink to Existing. You need to be the account owner for the Visual Studio Online account to link the account.

Link existing account in Windows Azure 

When the Early Adopter period ends, can I export my data to a traditional Team Foundation Server instance?
We will enable a method for Early Adopter account administrators to export their data for use in their own Team Foundation Server 2013 instance. To receive this capability, send email to: vsoexportsupport@microsoft.com. This capability will be available after we release Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2.