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  1. Attachment and link count in braces next to tab header.

    In work items you generally have attachment and link tabs. To see if there are any attachments or links connected with the work item, you have to click the tab to see.

    It would be much easier if the header of the text in the tab contained the number of items in the list on the actual tab. For instance, the tab that normally shows as "ATTACHMENTS" now says "ATTACHMENTS (3)" when the work item has 3 attachments.

    So much more userfriendly imho

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    • Provide a licence for non devs that allows Team Room access

      The licence levels on visualstudio.com are Basic, Professional and Advanced. Only Advanced seems to allow Team Room access. For non-technical members of the organisation who we would like to converse with in the Team Room it does not represent value for money to purchase an Advanced licence, and neither do we need most of the functionality it comes with.

      In our particular instance we have a business operations manager for whom we would like team room access. It would be nice if she could view and add to the backlog but the development, build and test tools are not required.

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      • Give users the ability to customize the Report View that is generated for a particular Work Item and allow them to export to Excel, Word, or

        Give users the ability to customize the Report View that is generated for a particular Work Item and allow them to export to Excel, Word, or Adobe. The current report that is generated when clicking Report View when you are in a Work Item, is very difficult to read and prints certain text boxes in an XML format. It would be helpful to be able to customize the report that is generated and be able to export it to Microsoft Word to be able to view and print out details of a particular Work Item.

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        • Allow us to query work item hierarchy based on additional link types

          Currently it's not possible to query work items with changesets (or all changesets for a specific work item or feature). It's also not possible to query which test cases are part of which test suite.

          This seems logical as these items aren't stored in the work item catalog, but they're very useful for quality checks of the work items store.

          I'd be happy if it were possible to query the existence of any changesets or test suites, but it would be even cooler if you'd be able to query the properties of these as well.

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          • For a Team Project based on Git on TFS Online, pls enable option "Copy build output to the following source control folder"

            It'd good to have the option to copy the build output to an specific source control folder in a TFS Online Git project.

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            • Applying shelved changes to a different team project

              Currently there seems to be no way of applying shelved changes from a given team project to be unshelved and applied to another team project. If this feature were made available it would be a great benefit for teams that need to migrate their source control to an entirely new team project.

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              • Allow connection to tfspreview from WebMatrix

                Learning how to do things in WebMatrix and Razor syntax as an alternative to Visual Studio 2010, there are some cons but some significant pros as well especially on potential if many in the community put out more Helpers.

                What is missing are features like ability to connect to something like Team Foundation Server and other things that Visual Studio is able to connect with. Please look into making something like tfspreview compatible with WebMatrix with the same attention to simplicity that has been giving to actual Site creation tooling.

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                • TAG prioritization in the TFS Build system

                  This request is to add TAG priotization to the TFS Build Agent/Build Controller/BuildDefinition system as an addition to the existing very simple TAG filter approach.

                  If the above TAG priorization approach cannot be made for some reason, "static" Build Agent prioritization could instead be added to the TFS Build Controller and its user interface. As the prioritization then cannot be made per BuildDefinition, this approach would be less flexible.

                  Possible uses of this:
                  - Prioritize a fast (physical?) Build Agent over a slow (virtual?) Build Agent, i.e. give always you the best build performance and keep the redundancy of having…

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                  • Add some manager custom alerts in the Alerts Explorer

                    What I really want to do for example: in case that the task assinged on "mm/dd/yyyy" is not comleted before "mm/dd + 7/yyyy", the alert notification should be sent to the "assigned to" person of that task and to somebody else (I call it workflow manager, the person who is responsible for the project).
                    In my humble opinion, client alerts are pretty useful for a strong team of developers but it would also be a great step forward if there is a branch of manager alerts such as described above.
                    To summarise, I wish I could easily manage team alerts…

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                    • Team Foundation Server integration platform for 2013

                      TFS Intergration platform support for migrating 2008 to 2013.

                      I nee a way to transfer source code and workitems from TFS 2008 to TFS 2013.

                      Does the TFS Intergration platform support this? If not, when will it?

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                      • Annotate View should allow one to go back in time

                        When activating Annotate View for a source file, then one can see what revisions changed what parts of the current code.

                        It would be useful to be able to right-click a code-part-revision and choose "Show Annotate View before this revision". It would then activate a new Annotate View base on the version history from just before the specified revision.

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                        • Use same environment for different team projects, or same test agent for different environment

                          I have create a standard environment using test manager, and successfully create new build deployment that use this environment.

                          My problem, when I connect to different team project, I have to create a new environment since the first one exists for the first team project. And the problem is I can’t create a new environment that use same test agent that used in the first environment.

                          I think this is a normal case, since we always use same machine to test multiple application.

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                          • copy local path to clipboard

                            I am constantly wanting to open up items that are in source control in a text editor. the way I do this today is, in Source Control Explorer:
                            -right-click on the item, select "Windows Explorer"
                            -Windows Explorer opens. I shift+right-click on the item and select "Copy as path"

                            seems to be this should just be one step. I would like to right-click on the item in Source Control explorer and say "Copy local path to clipboard".

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                            • Allow acceptance testers to access TFS test hub

                              We find it a little overkill to require UAT testers to have a VS Test Pro with MSDN subscription simply to be able to record the steps and findings of their tests.

                              It would be a good and useful idea to create an exception for UAT testers to be allowed access to the test section of TWA to create test scripts and record their results. At the very least, they should have access to be able to record results against a test script that was created by an MSDN subscriber.

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                              • Add support for building SharePoint 2013 Apps on hosted buildserver (tfs.visualstudio.com)

                                The current buildserver on tfs.visualstudio.com does not include “Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools Preview for Visual Studio 2012 RTM", meaning that SharePoint 2013 Apps cannot be builded on the buildserver.

                                Please include this tool on buildserver - or make me use my own buildserver image in azure - or something in between :-)

                                Best regards
                                David Nykjaer, 2ndC

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                                • Allow easy export of folder diff to excel or plain text

                                  It's relatively simple to compare two folders, but I haven't found an easy way to export that to a text file or an easily queryable excel file. Youc an get there from the command line (with some work), but there's also no easy way to copy/paste all the command line parameters from the UI or to invoke the modify filter dialog from the command line.

                                  See also: http://blog.jessehouwing.nl/2012/06/generating-changelog-from-tfs.html

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                                  • Prevent a TFService PBI from being marked as Done unless the child tasks are first marked as Done

                                    Using Team Foundation Service, Scrum 2.0.

                                    A Product Backlog Item (PBI) can be marked as Done, even when the child tasks it is linked to are In Progress.

                                    I understand there could be a discussion around Definition of Done here, but I think it would be a better experience if an error message or warning was shown.

                                    This would be more in line with what happens elsewhere in Team Foundation Service. For example, when a Task is moved from Done to In Progress ... an elegant message appears, a great experience!

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                                    • should be able to change the history entry of the build agent.

                                      Currently the build agent writes a message like:
                                      "The Fixed In field was updated as part of associating work items with the build."

                                      You should be able to change that message.

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                                      • Allow Users to add test results to TFS 2013 Web Access Home Page

                                        We love TFS, especially since you seem to be moving more MTM functionality over to Web Access (Shared Test Cases & Parameters). I also enjoy the new homepage, as a lot of data can be displayed there via queries and charts... But, the lack of test results being readily view-able, troubles me. I know I can go into the test tab to see this; I know that I can go into the project portal for this data. But why not have it as a user-configurable option on the homepage? Why can't I have a query displaying the number of failed…

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                                        • Let me create a work item from source code, linked to that source code, like //TODO:

                                          I'd love to be able to create Work Items linked to a specific spot in source code.

                                          I maintain legacy projects, and often spot areas for improvement. But there's no easy way to anchor a Work Item to a specific block of source code.

                                          I'd love to be able to highlight a block of code, right-click, Create Work item, and have the Work Item associated with that code, so opening the work item would take me straight to it.

                                          The Task List is close to what I want, but doesn't get me credit for closing bugs :)

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