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  1. Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

    Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
    Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

    162 votes
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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

      Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

      152 votes
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        3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use Desktop Toast Notifications

        Use toast notifications to exploit this feature of Windows 8:

        Submit desktop notifications such as when:

        I was assigned a task or work item.
        Amending or updating a task or work item assigned to me.
        You have reached the deadline to complete a task
        etc ...

        20 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow the C# 'break' statement to terminate *several* nested enslosing loops, rather than the closest one only

          Sometimes, I want to exit several nested loops, based on a single condition.

          Today, I have to introduce an additional boolean variable, to exit all the other loops except the innermost one. This is inconvenient.

          If only the 'break' statement could have accepted the number of loops to break...

          A straighforward example:
          for(;;)
          {
          for(;;)
          {
          if{true} break(2);
          }
          }

          This feature would work just similarly when used in a 'switch' statement.

          We would only have to be concerned to not allow the 'break's parameter to exceed the number of nested scopes it is used from within. Otherwise, an error…

          12 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make Fakes available with Visual Studio Professional Subscription

            Fakes and Shims are only useful if every developer in the team is able to use it to enhance their unit tests. Limiting its availability to just Architects and Senior developers (who usually have Premium or Ultimate level subscriptions) sounds like such a bad idea. This is killing the power of such potentially amazing tool! Please consider this.

            Thanks.

            19 votes
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              0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Open source Silverlight

              Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

              For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

              However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

              * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
              * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
              * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
              Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

              2,093 votes
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                42 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • New debugging feature: debug shunts

                I sometimes find myself running code in a testing configuration where certain parts of the code can't be run, or certain variables need values assigned. Currently, I set a breakpoint at the start of the code that needs to be skipped, or at the point where variables need to be set up, and then I use 'Set Next Statement' and assignments in the Watch pane to set things up.

                This works fine, except that if I need to do multiple test runs, I have to repeat these steps *every single time*. For that reason, I'd like to propose a new…

                23 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Better commit message on Visual Studio Online pull request merges

                  Using the pull request tool in VSO to complete a merge create a commit message on the target branch that is something like this:
                  "Merge commit 'xxxxxxx' into refs/heads/master"

                  It would be much more meaningful to include the branchname that was merged. Like "git merge" command line do.
                  "Merge branch 'feature/myCoolFeature' into master"

                  22 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow readonly modifier on local variables, not just properties.

                    Readonly modifiers shouldn't be canned for just instance-level properties on a class. Readonly isn't always to explicitly prevent subsequent code from changing a value. I would argue readonly modifiers can significantly improve code comprehension and readability:

                    Imagine the following code in a method definition, where prod_count would be a local:

                    int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

                    If the compiler would allow this:
                    readonly int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

                    All of a sudden, I know as a developer reading the code that I don't have to scan for prod_count getting reassigned to something...I can mentally write it off as, okay that's just…

                    44 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Web deploy parameterization in website project

                      Web.config parameterisation is not working for "website project" in visual studio 2013. I have created Parameters.xml and tried “webdeploy” as mentioned in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff398068.aspx.
                      Based on my test, the data that in our own parameters.xml file won’t be added to the generated parameters.xml and SetParameters.xml files when I created a web deploy package.
                      Big “web site” projects are hard to convert to “web application" project type. Lot of people may face the same issue.
                      I would suggest incorporating web.config parameterisation featured with "Website Project" as well.

                      38 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • TFS on Azure IaaS v2

                        Extend the v1 guidance with the following Topic:
                        - Setup VPN Connection for DEV and TEST Clients
                        - Reduzing cost by using the Azure Feature Automation for scheduled VM start and stop
                        - Backup and Restore TFS SQL DB with Azure Feature Recovery Service

                        14 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Boolean coercion in c#

                          Can't believe this isn't a request already, but probably my biggest annoyance.

                          I really should be able to do

                          if(someObj)
                          someObj.Something();

                          rather than having to do

                          if(!Object.ReferenceEquals(null, someObj))
                          someObj.Something();

                          It doesn't have to do full javascript-style coercion (though extensiblity would be swell), just a simple != null check would cover 99% of scenarios.

                          16 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make command line tools doing exactly the same as their visual studio pendants.

                            Some command line tools like MSTest or MSBuild behave slightly different than their pendant functions in visual studio. It would be great to have all these functions as scriptable command line tools that behave exactly like VS.

                            18 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                              Seriously, how cool would that be?

                              44 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • odata v4

                                upgrade Lightswitch OData to v4

                                46 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Visual Studio Tools for Unity available por Visual Studio Express

                                  I see MS has recently released Visual Studio Tools for Unity for VS2013... but it seems to work only for Pro and above versions. Is it possible (or even planned) to be released for VS Express?

                                  36 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Increase default width for "ID" column or make it automatically adjustable in LINK controls

                                    In TFS link controls, it is very annoying to constantly have to re-size columns every time a window is opened in TFS (as their width is not saved before closing window).
                                    While I believe it may be hard to fix this issue globally for all columns, my proposal is to fix it at least for one particular case - "ID" column for linked work items (bugs, tasks, user stories, etc.).
                                    I see two ways for this:
                                    - adjust automatically the width of "ID" column to be able to see work item ID at once the form is opened
                                    - increase…

                                    9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

                                      Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

                                      Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

                                      As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

                                      14,828 votes
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                                        270 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Turn the Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide into a Wiki site

                                        The Rangers, MCS and P&P have this beautiful >static< guidance for best practices on various topics. My proposal is to take one of these sources of content and turn it a Wiki that will hopefully stay fresh through community interaction. As i have a had a couple of people ask about this document, written in 2010, http://vsptqrg.codeplex.com/
                                        Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide (Version 3.6) i start there...

                                        10 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Custom UI controls for custom applications that interact with TFS

                                          Based on a discussion on the ALM Champs list and ALM Rangers Forums:

                                          I’d love control(s) that:
                                          - Allows me to pick files and/or folders from TFVC and/or Git
                                          - Allows me to configure and save a ACL for an object of my choosing (akin to the Team Administrator ACL)
                                          - Allows me to select a Build (output)
                                          - Allows me to select tests to run (akin to the automation… window)
                                          - Allows me to pick one or more area’s/iterations
                                          - Allows me to pick one or more teams
                                          - Check-in UI
                                          - etc

                                          These would allow others to easily…

                                          29 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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