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  1. 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 ...

    51 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add official support for Blend Extensions

      Currently there is almost no documentation how to extend Blend. I have seen some examples in the wild which seem to be the result of reverseengeneering rather than beeing officialy supported. Some of the suggestions posted here could be easyly programmed by the community.

      10 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Wouldn't it be nice if Visual Studio and .NET Framework could be used in other operational systems, such as OSX, Linux etc?

        As a developer I'd like to create .NET (mainly ASP.NET) apps using a Macbook with OSX.

        11 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve UI for 2015 Microsoft Test Manager Client User Experience

          A significant portion of MTM has moved to the web, however the MTM client still has to be used for rich bug creation, rich action recordings, and rich test run data collection, however the User Experience of MTM is stuck in 2009 and is woefully out of date.

          I'd like to have a complete UI overhaul of the MTM client with an improved Modern UI.

          I'd like to be able to have excel embedded in the client so as to be able to bulk update test cases, test suites, and test plans.

          Give testers a modern MTM client for 2015…

          14 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • [Planned for VS "14"] Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

            As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

            400 votes
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              27 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hey all,

              If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

              Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

              The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

              When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

            • Provide a friendly way to select a Build Definition in Release Template properties

              Its necessary a search option or a friendly way to select a Build Definition in Release Template properties

              26 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Sql Server Compact 5

                Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                319 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Update WPF to use Direct2D for rendering instead of Direct3D 9

                  WPF currently uses Direct3D 9 for rendering. This is because WPF was designed when it had to run on XP. Today, all platforms that WPF runs on have Direct2D support. Direct2D has vastly superior rendering performance compared to WPF's current Direct3d-based rendering.
                  It would thus make excellent sense to migrate to using Direct2D for rendering. As rendering is pretty abstract in WPF, this could probably be done with little to no impact on compatibility, but with HUGE performance benefits. Watch some of the comparisons between Direct2D and WPF.

                  15 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    16 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Remove orphan build agent directories when a build configuration is deleted.

                      When a build is ran, it creates a directory on the build agent. If you delete the build, it does not delete the directory that was created on the build servers. If a build is deleted, the corresponding directories should be deleted on the build server.

                      13 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Automatically break on NullReferenceException and other core exceptions.

                        It would be nice to be able to debug/inspect the moment these errors happen, instead of having to reproduce the circumstances where the error occurred again, and with carefully placed breakpoints installed etc.

                        26 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Have a version of Windows.h that doesn't define macros

                          From time to time I run into a collision between code and macros defined in Windows.h. The macros cause unintentional expansion of parts of my code or third party code and when they do waste a lot of time in trying to find workarounds.

                          Please introduce a WindowsWithoutMacros.h that defines the Win32 API, but uses proper C++ functions instead of macros. I'm sure for all the functions ending XXXW or XXXA some inline functions could wrap the dispatching.... well, I'll leave the implementation to you. There must be better ways than the current macro mess.

                          9 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable locking of guides.

                            Guides interfere with the design surface when dragging or resizing items. The only way seems to hide them which makes them rather useless.

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow XML namespace imports to be declared at a project level rather than redeclared in every single file

                              Please, allow XML namespace imports to be declared at a project level rather than redeclared in every single file

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create more complete documentation for LightSwitch (especially for the HTML Client).

                                Firstly - I want to say that LightSwitch is a super-powerful framework, and I think that what it can do out of the box is nothing short of miraculous. However, we (LightSwitch Developers) could use much more complete documentation for the LightSwitch APIs and frameworks (particularly, but not limited to the HTML Client API).

                                While Beth Massi's videos are a useful starting point, and blog posts from Joe Binder and others in the team provide some useful samples for specific use cases, there is a dearth of explanatory/reference content that a 100-level developer can use to step their way up…

                                17 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Link tool resources to TFS

                                  We use several custom scripts as resources to our own tool. Keeping track of the changes to these scripts requires us to put them in TFS, but then those scripts need to be updated in Release Management. This becomes a maintenance nightmare. It would be extremely helpful to have the option to make a resource a link to an item in TFS.

                                  During the deployment process, linked resources should then be downloaded to guarantee that the latest version of the resource is used.

                                  19 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

                                    Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

                                    If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

                                    Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

                                    936 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

                                      Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

                                      402 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

                                        31 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Integrate Mercurial SCM into the IDE

                                          Give Hg users first-class support in the IDE. Yes there is visual-hg but I'd love to see this built-in.

                                          12 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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