Microsoft is continuously improving the experience around Visual Studio Online service and today they are enabling an unlimited number of stakeholders across your organization to easily work with your Visual Studio Online projects. So, any number of users in an account can be assigned a stakeholder license at no charge. Stakeholders have access to the project home page and most of the “work” related functionality. This includes the ability to view the backlog, add and edit items, run work item queries and more.
I truly believe that today, every company is a software company, and software projects are a key enabler of business success throughout an organization.
As this trend continues, we recognize that there are many users within the organization who are stakeholders in a development project, but not core members of the project. Whether it’s management who periodically wants to see the status of a project, business leads defining user stories for a project, or occasional contributors reporting bugs during development.
We want it to be friction-free for all users across the organization to contribute to any software development projects they have a business interest in
Read more at Visual Studio blog.