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  1. WinForms Designer DPI Lock

    Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Increase the maximum build number length to more than 64 characters

      It would be awesome if the maximum length of a build number could be greater than 64 characters. Currently, our builds fail if our build definition name pushes us beyond that limit. Instead of requiring us to trim the build definition name or use a different build number format, we could just have that limit increased. 128 seems reasonable.

      27 votes
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      • Extend Visual Studio API with a method to set startup projects that shall be started without debugging

        The Visual Studio API provides a method to programmatically set the startup project(s):
        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/envdte.solutionbuild.startupprojects.aspx

        But unfortunately, the method does not allow to specify startup projects that shall be started without attached debugger.

        Please also see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8817693/how-do-i-programmatically-find-out-the-action-of-each-startup-project-in-a-solut for some more information.

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow C# expressions like basic boolean logic instead of requiring converters all the time

          Please, allow C# expressions like basic boolean logic instead of requiring converters all the time

          53 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

            Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

            I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

            In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

            Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

            Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

            48 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Role for updating TFS "Access Levels"

              Currently it requires a TFS Admin to modify the "Access Levels". This is primarily a clerical activity to assure Access Levels match MSDN and TFS CAL permissions. A TFS Admin has "God" permissions to manage the TFS server.

              We need Help Desk or other users who have the Authorization to manage Access Levels but are not Full TFS Admins.

              7 votes
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              • 4 votes
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                • Support pull requests from different repositories

                  So, our company is split. Product development and projects. Recently the product team wanted to deploy the new TFS git features to use a PR based workflow. We cannot.

                  Short version: Please allow pull requests from other repositories/forks.

                  This solves a number of issues:

                  - Right now write access would be needed to the target repo [2] [3]
                  - Right now there are no security limitations. "Can send a PR" means "can change our code"

                  So far, PRs are 'incomplete' as far as I can tell, so [1] is really merely half the support/part of the plumbing.

                  1: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3891599-tfservice-git-pull-requests

                  2:…

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                  • Implement annotation area for take notes to use in retrospective meeting

                    I think that scrum template project of VSO doesn't support well the meetings moment. As scrum master I need an area to take annotation during the sprint, then use them for discussion in sprint retrospective meeting (forma example notes could ne hidden during the sprint then can promote them pubblic when meeting start).

                    6 votes
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                    • C# virtual constructor

                      Ability to make a constructor virtual.

                      class A
                      {
                      public virtual A(string msg) { }
                      }

                      class B : A
                      { }

                      // This would be possible
                      new B("Message");

                      // The B constructor would would be automatically implemented as:
                      new A(string msg) : base(msg) { }

                      3 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Bower and Grunt support to universal WinJS shared projects

                        Visual Studio 2015 now lets developers use Grunt and Bower in certain projects. This is an excellent feature, but I would love to see the same tools and support available for the shared project in a universal WinJS app. It would be great to use Bower to install scripts once into the shared project, rather than installing two copies of the same script into the Windows project and the Windows Phone project.

                        It makes sense to disallow universal C#/Xaml apps installing packages to the shared project because they might only target Windows 8 or only target Windows Phone. However, it…

                        13 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow side effecting expressions in expression evaluation in C++

                          The VS debugger can't tell even remotely accurately whether or not an expression has side effects, so kindly just remove this broken feature and allow us to use any expression in conditional breakpoints and evaluations. The programmer knows whether or not an expression has a side effect.

                          15 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Consider moving SynchronizedCollection<T> from System.ServiceModel to another assembly

                            SynchronizedCollection is more a general purpose class rather than a WCF specific class. We have need to use it in SQL CLR but can't due to SQL CLR restrictions on loading System.ServiceModel. Please consider moving this class to another system (BCL possibly).

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make SSDT project's setting (such as database settings and so on) be specific to build configuration

                              Right now SSDT project's settings are same for all build configuration. It would be great to have specific settings for each configuration.

                              For example, production sql server works in partial containment mode. Test server is not. It is impossible to publish to both server's without changing project's settings each time. So it's impossible to automate publishing process without workarounds.

                              10 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visual Basic for Developing Universal Windows Application

                                Please include Visual Basic as programming language for developing universal windows applications. VB is known for its simplicity and easy syntax to write Windows Applications.

                                I suggest that the syntax must be both Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Basic .NET coding style for faster adoption of VB Developers.

                                If the current Visual Studio supports objective C and Android source code. Visual Studio must also supports Visual Basic language for developing Windows Universal Application

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Stop signing me out of Visual Studio! (and MSDN)

                                  Pretty much every time I fire up Visual Studio I get greeted by the little yellow warning symbol asking me to re-enter my credentials.

                                  I check the 'Remember my details' box (or whatever equivelent) but it makes little difference.

                                  I work on two different computers (one at work and one at home) but do not consider this to be that unusual a set-up.

                                  Incidentally I find that when F1'ing to get help, the MSDN page often asks me to sign in. I use Chrome as my daily driver browser but again this should be a fairly typical scenario.

                                  I don't…

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • TFS 2012 scrum boad across iterations and projects

                                    We recently upgraded to TFS 2012. Our individual scrum teams don't necessarily have the freedom to organize our data the way we want. So I have work items in 2 different projects. Within one project, a sprint will contain work items in different iterations. This is the way that the powers that be did things due to integration with our client facing support application.

                                    In Team Explorer, I can write a query that contains everything. What I would like is the scrum board that I use to be driven by the written query or some other solution that allows us…

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                                    • Support .editorconfig

                                      It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                                      "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                                      You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

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                                        7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Having a feature to specify the Start and End times in "LoadTest Report Excel Addin" for each LoadTest Run

                                        Having a feature to specify the Start and End times in "LoadTest Report Excel Addin" for each LoadTest Run would be greatly beneficial for filtering Rampup and Rampdown time and the get the Average and 90th percetile response times during the steady state period of the test.
                                        Currently LoadTest Report addin in Excel 2013 is used to connect to Visual Studio WebTest Report database(LoadTest2010) and compare two tests for the full run duration. It may not be like to like comparison if the run times are diffrent.

                                        11 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • c# script for macros

                                          It would be amazing if it would be possible to replace the ageing VBA tools and language for macro development with something that would allow c# script. A lot of people operate on this periphery of program development are developing macros in office to help automate repetitive tasks. It would benefit them more, I believe, to utilise up-to-date tooling and use a more popular and better supported language like C#. This might also provide them with an in-road to software development.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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