Occasionally when Visual Studio Online (VSO) is down or having some issues, we head over to the status overview page to monitor its status. How nice would it be to monitor the status while you code in Visual Studio? I thought it would be useful, and I just developed a tiny extension to monitor the status of VSO from Visual Studio itself.

The extension quietly sits in the Visual Studio status bar displaying an icon - based on whether Visual Studio Online is running smooth or has some issues or completely down.

Here is a quick walkthrough of its features

Once you install the extension you will see a small icon in your Visual Studio status bar based on the status of the VSO.

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As of now, you cannot perform any interaction with the icon displayed.

Now, the extension by default polls for the status every 60 seconds. You can also see the details of the poll. To view that, Open the Output window and choose VSO Status Inspector from the dropdown.

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(P.S: I had set the poll time to be 30 seconds)

Finally, if you ever want to change the poll time, you can do that easily too. Go to Tools -> Options and then search for VSO Status Inspector. Change the poll interval to whatever you like.

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So if you like it download/contribute.


Source Code

That’s it. Simple and small extension. Hope it helps you to keep and eye on VSO status and helps you to quick glance of its status when it down.

About author
Utkarsh Shigihalli
Utkarsh Shigihalli
Utkarsh is passionate about software development and has experience in the areas of Azure, Azure DevOps, C# and TypeScript. Over the years he has worked as an architect, independent consultant and manager in many countries including India, United States, Netherlands and United Kingdom. He is a Microsoft MVP and has developed numerous extensions for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code and Azure DevOps.
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