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  1. Support asp.net mvc 2 projects in visual studio 2012 and vNext

    Right now you can't open asp.net mvc 2 project in visual studio 2012 without doing a little hack as described in this answer:
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13424079/how-do-i-open-an-mvc-2-project-in-visual-studio-2012
    Then you can normally work with this project but you loose tooling support (no "Add Controller, View etc.")
    There are a lot of MVC 2 projects out there and it seems it's not such a hard thing to bring back this support. So please, do it.

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    • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

      When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
      If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

      This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

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      • Lite mode for Visual Studio

        A light weight mode for Visual Studio that is code focused. In this mode all installed languages would be recognised by the editor, including mark-up languages like HTML, CSS and XAML, etc. The IDE would still provide intellisense and refactoring tools/addins should still be able to function. However, in "lite mode" no visual designers would be available, nor would they be loaded into memory.

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        • Add color to the solution explorer

          I like the white theme in general, but I find it difficult to distinguish what type of file/TFS Status something is when they all look the same. If you kept to the minimalistic approach, that would be fine. Just some more contrast would be amazing.

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          • Remove the Ctrl+Click to open a URL

            This feature is hyper annoying.

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            • Add custom window layouts that I can shortcut to

              I find a lot of the time my windows don't save like I like them to. Or they change and then I need to re-set them up.

              Sometimes I want certain windows while I'm debugging and other ones when coding or unit testing.

              I would like to setup different layouts for my windows and be able to save them indepently of each other. And then be able to switch to them with a keyboard shortcut.

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              • Add some primitive UML editing into Premium edition

                Please add some primitive ablity to edit some (Class diagram, Sequence diagram) to VS Premium or Pro version.
                The main reason to do this is that UML is the common language for teams, and part of standart, not all team members have Ultimate license and they dont have this ability to communicate.
                In this case to maintain common standart all teams reject VS UML from theirs workflow.
                I think, that most simple features (drawing, commenting) should be allowed in Premium or Pro edition.

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                    • I wish there were some means of tracking favorite projects in Visual Studio

                      I'm a developer for an insurance company, and I basically have two kinds of projects I work on. The first kind are recurring services that I have to go into several times a week. The other are one-off projects I may work on for several days, but then seldom have to open again. But I do so many of the latter that it can be hard to find the former. If there were something like a favorites menu whose contents I could control, it would make it much easier to zero in the recurring processes when I need to get…

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                      • Ability to close the solution from a context menu on the solution file in the Solution Explorer

                        To close a solution, you have to go to File -> Close Solution. I do most of my work in the Solution Explorer already, so being able to close the solution on the context menu when right-clicking on the solution file within the Solution Explorer would be nice.

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                        • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                          As I wrote on this post:

                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                          would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

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                          • Hide rarely used context menu items

                            Hide/Collapse rarely used context menu items
                            Provide option to show hidden menu items

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                            • Object Browser window honor the IDE profile language

                              If I don't have any project opened in the Solution Explorer, the Object Browser window will show information in C# syntax. This is very inconvenient for non-C# developers.

                              I'd suggest that if I choose the IDE profile as C++ developer, for example, the Object Browser window should honor that and show classes/functions in C++ syntax.

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                              • Share all comments in Task List for VC++ projects

                                It works well for C# projects in the same solution, but it doesn't work for VC++ projects, I mean that it doesn’t share all comments in default in Task List window for VC++ app if you add them in different project files in the same solution.

                                See: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/c413b476-66bc-46be-bda8-e2cd910f1466/c-project-task-list-in-visual-studio-2012-ultimate?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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                                • Enable Fonts and Color Settings Import / Export for Specific Chapters

                                  The "Font and Colors" setting in the "Options" dialog of Visual Studio contain several - I'd like to call it - 'chapters' like "Text Editor", "All Text Tool Windows", and so forth.

                                  Exporting / importing the fonts and colors settings, I am not able to select the 'chapter', means I have to take all or nothing from my understanding. Importing the dark theme fonts and colors affects not only the text editor settings (the window to edit the source code), but also the other windows like Output, Solution Explorer, ...

                                  I would like to copy / export / import only…

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                                  • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

                                    The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

                                    Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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                                    • Support LinkResource in Visual Studio 11

                                      When a managed assembly depends on unmanaged DLLs it always a good ideia to set them as linked resources. It has two BIG advantages:

                                      1. In VisualStudio, when you add a reference to the managed assembly, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the output path.

                                      2. When the managed assembly is added to the GAC, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the same folder.

                                      It would be awesome if you added a LinkResource option to the "Build Action" drop down.

                                      It used to be possible to do this in VS2008 by editing the .target files but I never…

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                                        • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                                          A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                                          At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                                          As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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