VSTS – New User Email Address

I just created a new Visual Studio Team Services account and wanted to add some colleagues to the account.  However, my colleagues do not have Outlook or Hotmail user accounts.  What to do?

After some quick research, it turns out that because this new VSTS account is not backed by Azure AD (I didn’t expect it to be), they would need to create new Microsoft accounts.


The following is directly from the VSTS docs.

  • If new users don’t have Microsoft accounts, have them sign up.

I assume this would mean have them get a new (@Hotmail, @Outlook) account.