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  1. Open source TFS Chat Room functionality

    While I love the chat functionality in TFS, there are various features that would be awesome to have (code syntax highlighting, popup notifications, Lync integration, etc.) While I could theoretically post a suggestion for each feature, the odds of it being implemented anytime soon are slim (as I'm sure your development team is busy implementing other TFS features.)

    What would be awesome is if the TFS Team Chat functionality was released as an open source project, so other developers can add enhancements.

    As a stop-gap, I've started a Github project for a Chrome plugin that implements code syntax highlighting, desktop…

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    • Show indentation and columns for tree and outline query types in pending changes window

      Making multiple selections in the pending changes window will be much easier if:
      1- Indentation is displayed within the Pending Changes window for the tree and outline query types
      2- Any column in the query can be selected for display in the Pending Changes window

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      • Organize work items in a visual / Pivot Like manner on different (custom) dimensions

        Different groups in the organization want to organize work items in a different fashion. For example Product Managers want to organize work items on releases, Scrum Champions on different Scrum teams, Scrum Masters on Iterations, Team Members on Priority, Testers on Triage, Project Managers on Assigned To etc. etc.

        It would be great if you could create some kind of pivot tool where you select a multi-value work item field (ALLOWED VALUES). The different values are then shown in swimming lanes. On the left side you can then create a work item query that gives you all the work items…

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        • When shelving pending changes in Visual Studio, provide a dropdown of existing shelvesets.

          I often perform a shelve multiple times to the same shelveset name, e.g. "WIP" for changes I am busy on currently but don't yet want to commit, but also don't want to just keep on my machine.

          Or perhaps I am forced to switch contexts, and switch between different components, shelving the changes before doing so.

          Currently I have to open the dialog for unshelving to view the shelvesets, copy the name, then go out of it and back to shelving dialog and paste the name, and override the shelveset. The dialogs are modal so you're forced to switch back…

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          • Indicate Bug cards on task board by using a different color.

            It would be great if the task Board in Visual Studio Online could simply support a different color scheme for Bug "stories" so that we could tell at a glance which items on the board are Bugs and which are PBIs.

            It wouldn't even require changing the task card colors, just make the text for the Bug "story" red or use a red background, etc.

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            • Ability to customize build templates and run locally

              Currently, in order to autor/customize a build template you have to check in the XAML file with small changes, test it by queuing a new build, and then re-do until you finish implementing all the changes.
              This process is very tedious and time consuming (and the TFS changeset history you end up creating is not really nice either).

              I'd like the ability to author the XAML file and run it locally (and potentially debug easily too). Once I finish doing all the changes, then I can check-in the updates.

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              • Provide simplified, easily customizable build templates

                The workflow-style builds introduced in TFS 2010 are almost unmanagable. The designer performance is terrible. Editing the XAML by hand is not really feasible, and understanding what's been customized and why is also incredibly difficult. Creating custom components for use in the workflows requires special steps (e.g. adding attributes to XAML only workflows or explicitly adding the assembly name to the local namespace) that the workflow designer did not properly support. Whenever builds need to be created or updated, there is a lot of work that must be done via a user-interface and is not version controlled (e.g. selection of…

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                • Horizontal splitter between controls in TFS Work Item Type

                  In the layout of a TFS work item type you can use a vertical splitter between two columns. Why isn't there a splitter for horizontal divides between two controls in a column?

                  Please extend or provide the splitter for horizontal support, Thanks :-)

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                  • Implement merges between branches with common ancestors without baseless merge

                    It should be possible to merge changes from one ancestor to another ancestor of a common changeset without doing a baseless merge.

                    I find that it is quite common in our workflow that we start work on a project and need to implement feature X, during development (usually at integration time) they may decide they don't want to ship that feature with this project and want to move it to a different project (this is using the Feature Branch methodology where a branch contains x number of features).

                    It becomes very difficult to apply these changes to a different branch…

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                    • Pull Request commit comment should include title and description

                      If I complete a Pull Request via VSO an automatic message will be generated. Could you take alle the content from title and description of a Pull Request in the commit as additional lines.

                      If I link in ervey Commit just the Tasks via hashtag I have never a reference to the parent Items.
                      If I can write these numbers to the title or description so this work items will become a code reference for release notes etc.

                      And the Pull Request description is in source Control and History too.

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                      • Remember related workitem

                        When you drag a work item onto the related work item area or add it via the ID it then is used when you do a check in to associate the changes to that work item. I may be abnormal in my usage of source control in that I check in *VERY* frequently. Usually after I get a few unit tests passing I'm checking in. This means that throughout the day I may check in a dozen or more times and really want to associate all those checkins to possible the same work item (story).

                        Currently, once you do a…

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                        • automatic created tasks for backlog item

                          For TFSPreview:
                          A checkBox or numericUpDown when creating a backlog item to automatic create tasks. After creating the backlog item the user is automatically lead to the relating tasks without further clicks.

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                          • TFS Feedback client should support multiple item submission

                            so on the Provide tab, clicking next should enable submit, not close aswell unless no more is to be entered.
                            Currently having to create multiple items in one feedback then in TFS creating mutiple work items from this response. It would be better to be able to promote the individual response to a work item, either a task or bug.

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                            • clean up all workitemdata in the database for a deleted project

                              When deleting a project (or splitting a projectcollection), not all data is deleted from the database. This is especially a problem when only a part of a projectcollection is to be moved to a customers TFS environment.

                              Workitems (including attachments) are not deleted when using TfsDeleteProject, or when the tfs cleanup jobs (prc_DeleteUnusedContent and prc_DleteUnusedFiles) are ran manually.

                              We managed to clean up workitemdata with Microsoft Support using witadmin destroywi, but surely this should be part of tfsdeleteproject or the cleanup jobs.

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                              • Warn when committing project file changes that don't include referenced files

                                A common mistake on just about every project I've worked on is a developer has commit a change to a project file that references a new file, but has not included the file. It would be nice if TFS showed a warning before / when this occurs. There could be valid reasons for letting this still proceed regardless, so a soft fail might be better than a hard fail.

                                Please Consider both Git and TFVC

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                                • TFS Shelveset to be a personal source control

                                  TFS shelve-sets should be more independent.
                                  Also they should be able to use with merge-tools, not just override existing files. Now they are pretty dangerous.

                                  Developers usually have many tasks at once, so it would be nice to use shelve as base for different tasks. Now if I have one task to make big refactoring to many files and another task to clean all unused references, those tasks partly touch the same files and releate to each other and I have problems of canceling one task from shelve.

                                  Git can do this.

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                                  • Ability to right click an item in the backlog and change status

                                    In the Visual Studio Online Work>Sprint>Backlog add the ability to right click an item and change it's status.

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                                    • Allow Builds against wildcard branches

                                      GitFlow suggests that you have multiple release branches, one for each release. If you set up your build on develop, then you will be including still in development code. Ideally you would build on the release branch, but this means changing the build definition to point to the relevant release branch.

                                      Instead, TFS should allow us to set up a build on a wildcarded branch, like TeamCity allows (https://confluence.jetbrains.com/display/TCD8/Working+with+Feature+Branches)

                                      This is the only reason my team will not be using TFS build.

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                                      • Allow a version control tree to be moved under a newly created project

                                        Source tree's once defined can be quite static in structure, however process (and process template) may change dramatically. It would be nice when creating a new project to have it use an existing tree without having to branch.

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                                        • Add [Retry] button to "Go Offline - The Team Foundation Server is currently unavailable" dialog

                                          I'm sure I'm not the only one who's got their TFS server accessible only via a VPN. It's pretty annoying that if you forget to (re)connect the VPN before starting Visual Studio, the dialog that eventually appears to inform you that the TFS server is unavailable doesn't give you a chance to retry the connection and even if you do connect the VPN, your solution gets opened offline and you have to waste time brining it online again.

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