Team Foundation online free?

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I have team foundation installed, have been using it. I just found Microsoft provides Team Foundation free for 5 users.
What is the catch? They used to charge $99 or something...
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Microsoft has retooled their pricing model to promote individual coding efforts. I think they have realized that a robust and active community development environment is good for business so they are catering to the lone developer that doesn't have thousands of dollars to spend on a full development environment.

Team Services pricing has been updated for just that purpose. Visual Studio 2013 and later also have a "Community Edition" which, as far as I can tell, has all the features of the Professional version but is free for up to 5 users.
No catch. It is the community edition. Enjoy it. It comes bundled with Visual Studio now.
We are using it too. Does all the work except some limitations.
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There is no catch, only a 5-user limit:

However, for "stakeholders" there are some limits - probably not relevant for you:

We have used it for some years with zero issues and have buried our initial plans for setting up an in-house TF server.

Russ SuterSenior Software Developer
By the way, if you're interested in setting up your own in-house TFS there is a community edition that is also free for up to 5 users. Some people (like me) prefer having greater control over the TFS environment. The downside is you need a server on which to run it but I have so many old computers that I need to find something for them to do.

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