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  1. Add syntax highlighting and Intellisense for .shader formats in VSTU

    It would be great to get some of that hybrid language used in Unity for shader development to get some Intellisense and syntax highlighting...

    54 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  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 ...

      26 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • allow us to have more than 3 projects listed in the project drop down list (TFS Web)

        I have many TFS Projects. Basically, when I want to switch to another project, I pretty much always have to click 'Browse All' because the drop down list only shows the last 3 accessed. It would be great to configure how much projects are listed into the drop down list.

        25 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
          • 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 →
            • Disable XAML layout property alteration in Blend and Visual Studio when using the designer

              The designer in Blend and Visual Studio adds, and alters, a lot of properties when you do very basic tasks, such as adding controls and visual tree changes, such as 'group controls into' a panel.

              Example 1: Adding a TextBlock in Blend;
              <TextBlock
              HorizontalAlignment="Left"
              TextWrapping="Wrap"
              Text="TextBlock"
              VerticalAlignment="Top"/>

              What I'd like to see was, when ever you add a control Blend should just add the Text / Content and don't touch anything else.

              Example two, adding 3 TextBlocks and grouping into a StackPanel;
              <StackPanel Margin="0,0,397,134" Orientation="Vertical">
              <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
              <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
              <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/> …

              31 votes
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                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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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                  5 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.

                  21 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  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…

                    48 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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?

                      43 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  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…

                        2,106 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 →
                          • Generate tiles and splashscreen in multiple scales in Blend

                            #Design mockup attached to this idea

                            Creating all the visual assets for a new app is today a quite heavy process usually done in programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.
                            What could be really awesome was if Blend could support a small tool where it would be easy to generate visual assets such as tiles and splashscreens for different kind of apps.

                            If Blend could support vector graphics such as AI files, and place them intelligently inside some guidelines for icons, and generate all the scaled assets, and even scale the resize the icon inside depending on the…

                            23 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
                              • Asp.net vNext Hybrid application

                                If one created Asp.net Vnext application that application should work on browsers as well as a native app in Mobile Platforms.

                                Deployment should allow to deploy into Mobile Stores as well as to IIS along with Azure

                                So business can develop and invest on one application development.

                                18 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
                                  • 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...

                                    13 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  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

                                      15 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • odata v4

                                        upgrade Lightswitch OData to v4

                                        49 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                                          Seriously, how cool would that be?

                                          47 votes
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