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  1. Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

    TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
    Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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      Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

      We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

    • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

      Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

      255 votes
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      • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

        On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

        253 votes
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        • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

          possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

          245 votes
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            We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

            Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

            Thanks!
            Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
            Visual Studio Online Team

          • Ability to constrain linked work items based on rules/conditions

            For example, I want to prevent the creation of Sprint Tasks before a Product Backlog Item is ready for development, assigned to a Sprint, contains a description, and is prioritized.

            237 votes
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            • Support Windows 8 apps in tfspreview hosted build

              The hosted build controller in Team Foundation Server Preview should support building of Windows 8 applications.

              231 votes
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              • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

                Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

                220 votes
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                • Built-in support for NuGet packages

                  Build definitions should be able to query (customizable) NuGet feeds (HTTP/HTTPS) & download packages referenced by the solution(s) - as we don't want them in source control (setting?).
                  In addition, build definitions should be able to create, push & publish packages to any NuGet feed.
                  This should be possible and configurable out-of-the-box, without any customization.

                  214 votes
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                  • Make code review feature usable

                    The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                    1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                    2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                    3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                    214 votes
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                    • Show real dates instead of "3 days ago" in Build, Work item tracking and Version Control

                      In several places of the product, dates are shown as "3 days ago" rather than the real date. Telling me that a build finished "3 days ago" is not very useful to me and frequently reduces my efficiency.

                      Please change the way how the dates are shown. Ideally add a global TFS setting to define how dates are shown in both the web portal and in visual studio. If the setting is set to "real dates", then show the date including time (hh:mm:ss)

                      209 votes
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                      • Make the "My Work" section available in VS 2012 Professional

                        I've recently discovered that the fantastic new "My Work" section of Team Explorer that is enabled with TFS 2012 is not available in Visual Studio 2012 Professional. The My Work feature is one of the tenets of TFS 2012, as it defines and enables a new and much improved workflow. To limit it to VS Ultimate is to cripple one of the basic features of TFS 2012 for the majority of Visual Studio users.

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                        • Visualize the rights of a user/group on all different aspects of a Team Project

                          You can set rights in TFS on a lot of different levels. On Team Project, Area/ Iteration/ Team Queries, Source Control/ Folders/ Files, Builds / Reports / SharePoint. Especially in TFS with different TFS groups that sometimes contain the same users/groups, it is hard to see why a user has a specific right or is not allowed to do something. At the moment it is hard to find this without checking everything manually.

                          203 votes
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                          • Provide check-in/check-out functionality through Team System Web Access

                            Provide the ability to check out and check-in files directly through Team System Web Access in a manner similar to other source control systems such as PVCS. This would provide completely "thin-client" source control access rather than requiring all users that interact with TFS Source Control to install the Visual Studio client.

                            201 votes
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                            • Assign a Work Item to Multiple People

                              Allow work items to be assigned to more than one person, enabling work item tracking by ad-hoc teams.

                              This would be useful for pair programming for example. When pairs form impromptu teams that exist just for the duration of the sprint. Or for when the build has failed as all those who have checked in code could have the failure assigned to them as a bug. Ideally in that situation, there would be a quick way for one of the assignees to take ownership to inform the others that they're working on it.

                              190 votes
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                              • Support calculated fields in TFS

                                The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

                                For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

                                190 votes
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                                • Centralized Build View & Management

                                  Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

                                  Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

                                  189 votes
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                                  • group pending changes instead of having a flat list of files

                                    The pending changes view only offers one flat list of changed files. If you work on more than one topic in parallel it is quite cumbersome to check-in only the files from your workspace that cover that topic. Shelving does not really help here. Having the possibility to assign changes to certain groups would help a lot.

                                    188 votes
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                                    • Add a report that shows the age of pending changes

                                      This would show which files are currently checked out and how long they have been checked out. Would improve transparency within teams to see how long developers are going without checking in code.

                                      184 votes
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                                      • Customize the columns on the Task Board

                                        - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
                                        - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
                                        - allow setting of WIP limits per column

                                        179 votes
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                                        • Enable TFS reporting with TFS Preview

                                          It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with TFS Preview. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

                                          178 votes
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