Sign up for free and invite others to collaborate on your project

Azure Boards

Sign up for an Azure DevOps organization and Azure Boards to begin planning and tracking work. This sequence walks you through the sign-up process for users located in the United States and that sign up through azure.com/boards. In the end, you'll have a project the uses the Basic process for work tracking.

You can sign up for free with either a Microsoft or GitHub account. If you don't have a Microsoft account, this article will guide you in acquiring one.

Create new project dialog

Create a Microsoft account and sign up

If you don't have a Microsoft account or GitHub account, follow these steps.

  1. Open Azure Boards and choose Start free with Boards.

  2. Choose Create one and enter an email address or phone number. Or, you can create an Outlook account at this time. To learn more, see create a Microsoft account.

    Create a Microsoft account

    Here we enter the fabrikam@fabrikam.com email account.

    Enter an email to create a sign-up account

  3. Enter a password you want to use with Azure DevOps and choose Next.

    Enter your password and sign in

  4. Check your email account and enter the code provided. Choose Next.

    Enter your password and sign in

    An organization is created based on your sign-in account name. Sign in to your organization at any time by specifying (https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}).

  5. A project is created based on your sign-in account name. You can make changes to the settings shown, or change them later. To get started with Azure DevOps, choose Continue.

    Choose Continue to sign up for Azure DevOps

    Your project name can't contain special characters (such as / : \ ~ & % ; @ ' " ? < > | # $ * } { , + = [ ]), can't begin with an underscore, can't begin or end with a period, and must be 64 characters or less. Visibility can be either public or private. With public visibility, anyone on the internet can view your project. With private visibility, only people who you give access to can view your project.

Your next step is to start using your Kanban board to track issues and tasks, or invite other users to collaborate with your project.

Sign up with a personal Microsoft account

If you have a Microsoft account, follow these steps to sign up for Azure Boards.

  1. Open Azure Boards and choose Start free with Boards.

  2. Enter your email address, phone number, or Skype ID for your Microsoft account. If you're a Visual Studio subscriber and you get Azure DevOps as a benefit, use the Microsoft account associated with your subscription. Select Next.

    Create a Microsoft account

  3. Enter your password and select Sign in.

    Enter your password and sign in

  4. To get started with Azure Boards, select Continue.

    Choose Continue to sign up for Azure DevOps

    An organization is created based on the account you used to sign in. Use the following URL to sign in to your organization at any time:

    https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}

Your next step is to create a project.

Sign up with a GitHub account

If you have a GitHub account, follow these steps to sign up for Azure Boards.

Important

If your GitHub email address is associated with an Azure AD-backed organization in Azure DevOps, you can't sign in with your GitHub account, rather you must sign in with your Azure AD account.

  1. Choose Start Boards free with GitHub. If you're already part of an Azure DevOps organization, choose Sign in to Azure DevOps.

    Sign up for Azure DevOps

  2. Enter your GitHub account credentials, and then select Sign in.

    Enter GitHub credentials

  3. Select Authorize Microsoft corporation.

    Authorize Microsoft

  4. Choose Continue.

    Choose Continue to sign up for Azure DevOps

    An organization is created based on the account you used to sign in. Use the following URL to sign in to your organization at any time:

    https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}

Your next step is to create a project.

Create a project

If you signed up for Azure DevOps with an existing MSA or GitHub identity, you're automatically prompted to create a project. You can create either a public or private project. To learn more about public projects, see What is a public project?.

  1. Enter a name for your project, select the visibility, and optionally provide a description. Then choose Create project.

    Create new project dialog

    The name can't contain special characters (such as / : \ ~ & % ; @ ' " ? < > | # $ * } { , + = [ ]), can't begin with an underscore, can't begin or end with a period, and must be 64 characters or less. Visibility can be either public or private. With public visibility, anyone on the internet can view your project. With private visibility, only people who you give access to can view your project.

  2. When your project has been created, the Kanban board automatically appears.

    Kanban board

    You're now set to start tracking issues, tasks, and features, or invite other users to collaborate with your project.

Invite team members

You can add and invite others to work on your project by adding their email address to your organization and project.

  1. From your project web portal, choose the Azure DevOps icon, and then select gear icon Organization settings.

    Open Organization settings

  2. Select Users > Add new users.

    Select Add new users

  3. Complete the form by entering or selecting the following information:

    • Users: Enter the email addresses (Microsoft account) for the users. You can add several email addresses by separating them with a semicolon (;). An email address appears in red when it's accepted.
    • Access level: Assign one of the following access levels:
      • Basic: Assign to users who must have access to all Azure Boards features. You can grant up to five users Basic access for free.
      • Stakeholder: Assign to users who will have limited access to features to view, add, and modify work items. You can assign an unlimited number of users Stakeholder access for free.
    • Add to project: Select the project you named in the preceding procedure.
    • Azure DevOps Groups: Select one of the following security groups which will determine the permissions the users have to perform select tasks (To learn more, see Default permissions and access for Azure Boards.):
      • Project Readers: Assign to users who only require read-only access.
      • Project Contributors: Assign to users who will contribute fully to the project.
      • Project Administrators: Assign to users who will configure project resources.

    Note

    You must add email addresses for personal Microsoft accounts unless you plan to use Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to authenticate users and control organization access. If a user doesn't have a Microsoft account, ask the user to sign up for a Microsoft account.

  4. When you're done, select Add to complete your invitation.

For more information, see Add organization users for Azure DevOps Services.

Change organization or project settings

You can rename and delete your organization, or change the organization location. To learn more, see the following articles:

You can rename your project or change it's visibility. To learn more about managing projects, see the following articles:

Note

Your first project was created using the Basic process which uses Epics, Issues, and Tasks to track work. If you want a project that uses the Agile, Scrum, or CMMI process, then you can add another project and specify the process through advanced setting options. See Choose a process for a comparison of processes.

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