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  1. Make the PowerPoint Storyboarding Tools Available In The Express & Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012.

    I think that the PowerPoint Storyboarding tools that are included in the Ultimate, Premium and Test Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012 should also be brought to the Express & Professional SKUs too.

    It isn't only people who are working in teams who need to generate low-fidelity prototypes of their ideas, individuals do too and the Storyboarding tools included in those higher versions would be very useful to individuals too (and may encourage indviduals to get early feedback on ideas so they can be refined before coding begins).

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      3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give us a setting that allows us to automatically update IIS paths or be prompted.

      In VS 2010 a prompt would show up when switching between branches that used the same IIS path. This prompt was: "The Web project '...' is currently configured to use the URL '...'. The Web server has this URL mapped to a different folder '...'. Would you like to remap this URL to point to this Web project's folder?". VS 2012 no longer asks this. It just remaps the paths without asking. I know some will prefer 2010's way and some 2012's way, so please give us a setting that allows us to choose whether we are prompted.

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        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to add 'notes' or 'comment' elements to an EDMX model diagaram

        The ability to split your model into multiple 'diagrams' in VS2012 is great, but...

        As a solution designer,
        I'd really like to be able to attach notes (or maybe even Use Cases, maybe TFS work Items?) directly on to the diagram,
        so that I can better understand how well my model meets my requirements (and so I can highlight where I may need to make changes in future)

        62 votes
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          2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • move the "Use the 64 bit version of IIS Express for web sites and projects" to be a project option

          we have projects that require 32-bit (native x86) and other projects that requires 64-bit. please make this a per project configuration option.

          60 votes
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          • Make the Sign In option for 2013 have a 'Never Show This Again' option

            I would prefer you complete remove the Sign In option, but at the very least make it 'Don't Show This Again' option or a context menu to hide it.

            The last thing I want to see is a Sign In button on the right hand side of Visual Studio, I clicked it trying to disable it and it expects me to sign in.

            First you add Tiles and ruin the desktop, if it wasn't for Classic Shell I would be back on Windows 7.

            If it wasn't for the tens of thousands of free software you (Microsoft) give me I…

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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Rename Package Manager Console to Shell

              Package Manager Console is a Powershell window that is used by many different tools aside from Nuget/Package Manager. For instance, scaffolding for ASP.NET and Migrations in Entity Framework, and probably more things in the future. New versions of the Package Manager GUI will make it less and less necessary to use the shell for nuget purposes, so it makes less and less sense to refer to it as the "package manager" console. Just call it Shell (or Console or Powershell Console if you prefer).

              58 votes
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              • Fix the exceptions that are raised and eaten internally after debugging unit tests

                After debugging a unit test, several InvalidOperationException and CommunicationObjectAbortedException errors are thrown and caught within the unit test framework. If you go to Debug --> Exceptions and check Common Language Runtime Exceptions --> Thrown, then the debugger breaks on every one of these exceptions.

                Can you please change the test framework code where it won't raise these exceptions? It's very annoying to have core Microsoft code that's throwing and eating exceptions after every unit test debugging session. I had hoped this would be fixed in VS 2012 Update 1, but it still has the same problem.

                I originally logged this…

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                  6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Perl support

                  Perl support

                  53 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow office365 authentication instead of passport/windows live ID.

                    It would be nice if the service could use the office 365 authentication. We are running our company via microsoft services and ideally I'd like to manage a single set of identities.

                    While it's possible to create passports out of the office365 identities - it seems like a silly extra step. If we are managing our business using a suite of tools from Microsoft's wheelhouse - those tools should work together.

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                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Publish internally known (non-security) bugs

                      Currently the only way for us devs to know that the issue that has been haunting us for days is known and somehow processed, is if by accident some other non-msft developer had reported it in connect. It seems the vast majority of bugs *known to MS* do not appear there, and devs are forced to re-discover them again and again.

                      There doesn't seem to be even any release-notes or other list of known issues. But why not aim even higher? I'd love to see a live, public repository of known issues, updated with their triage results and expected resolution…

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                        2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Attributes for Data Driven Unit Tests

                        Please enhance Visual Studio Unit Tests for better support of data driven unit test, like NUnit TestCase attribute.

                        [TestCase(1, 1, 2)]
                        [TestCase(1, 2, 3)]
                        [TestCase(1, 4, 5)]
                        public void test_Add(int x, int y, int result)
                        {
                        Assert.AreEqual(MyUtils.Add(x, y), result);
                        }

                        Such an attribute is urgently needed for testing methods with several test cases.

                        45 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add back "use custom server" options to web site projects

                          The "use custom server" options have been removed from web site project's properties window making it difficult to run and debug within local IIS and instead forcing the use of IIS Express. Please add this option back.

                          43 votes
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                          • Support the Multilingual App Toolkit to Asp.Net Web applications

                            The Multilingual App Toolkit is a powerful extension to Visual Studio for managing language strings with standards based xliff files in Windows 8 Apps. Web applications in ASP.Net desperately need this same toolkit. Please consider expanding Multilingual App Toolkit for other types of applications.

                            This request is similar to 'Support the Multilingual App Toolkit to WPF or Windows applications'

                            42 votes
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                            • Integration and IntelliSense for the Development with PHP

                              To develope web projects not only with asp

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                              • Add style rule dialog box in Visual Studio 2012

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                                Just noticed that Add Style rule dialogue box which showed up CSS-outline is missing in VS2012 or I am missing some changes made by MS?

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                                • Enable Add reference with option "Generate Asynchronous Operations" for Silverlight 5 (with Async Targeting Pack)

                                  Since async will be supported in SL5 and .NEt 4 through Async Targeting Pack, it would be excelent to enable the usage of async/await on SL5 WCF client proxies. The option "Generate Asynchronous Operations" is currently disabled in SL5 "Add Service Reference" dialog.

                                  Please, make it happen before the VS12 RTM

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                                  • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                                    Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

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                                    • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                                      The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                                      While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                                      For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

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                                      • integrate ddk in Visual Studio

                                        When I developed drivers I should use WDK, but there is no IDE, so I should use third party tools for it. It is inconvenient.

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                                        • Spend more time fixing the little things.

                                          Visual Studio has, no doubt, thousands of little bugs that, taken individually, do not make the bar for a given release. The accumulation of these little bugs over the years has significantly impacted the overall quality experience of using Visual Studio. Those little bugs are important - spend more time on them, rather than summarily closing them when they appear on connect.

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