You might have easily missed that Microsoft announced Release Management is available in preview as a service attached to Visual Studio Online unless you attended the connect event last November.  This can make life much easier for some because no longer do you need to install, manage, and maintain the full Release Management software stack and can quickly start taking advantage of the functionality such as setting up a continuous deployment pipeline with approval workflows for any type of application. As I mention in my keynote speech at the DevOps Summit in Santa Clara ( – the Visual Studio Online team is utilizing our own release management product for deployments and federated access for developers into production.

Check out this video above to learn about what release management can do as well as the new service. You also have the option to download the video from the source.

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