When comparing Visual Studio Online vs ShiftEdit, the Slant community recommends ShiftEdit for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” ShiftEdit is ranked 6th while Visual Studio Online is ranked 10th.
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Pro Private repositories freely available
Private repositories are free and unlimited for any user.
Pro Continuous integration available
Pro Full enterprise solution
Because it is a full enterprise solution, It does almost everything in the SDLC and it does it well.
Pro Integrated with Visual Studio IDE
Integrated with the Visual Studio IDE for visualizing on which branch the developer is working currently and visualizes changes not committed yet.
Pro TFS and Git support
Pro Project Management tools (e.g. bug tracking)
Issue management, Task planning, resource planning, scrum
Pro Stakeholder accounts are free
Approvers, bug reporters, anyone who doesn't commit code free.
Pro Data encrypted at rest
Most data is encrypted. Microsoft working on getting this to 100%. Handy if you have compliance requirement here
Pro Gated check ins support
You can't approve your own check-ins.
Pro Low cost, high quality
Pro Revision control
Pro Syntax checking
Highlights syntax errors and automatically fix some errors
Pro Supports multiple file access points
Access files from FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon S3
Pro Supports autocomplete
Code completion for HTML tags, CSS and PHP code assist
Pro SSH support
Allows connecting directly to a server and run commands on that server.
Pro Good Customer Support
Help requests get answered quickly and successfully.
Con Overwhelming complexity
Since it's made to be an enterprise product for large teams and companies, it may be overwhelming for small teams and projects.
The code is proprietary.
Con Limited collaboration features
VSO is built for well-defined teams, not for open-source projects where everyone can collaborate. In order to participate in any way, a user has to be explicitly added to a team.