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  1. XNA 5

    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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      310 comments  ·  Games  ·  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…

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        275 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Silverlight 6

        Please do work on Silverlight next version. I feel Silverlight is great tool which has best in cross development web experience. Although you guys are spending time on HTML5 and other stuffs, but I feel it takes years to bring HTML 5 is not flexible enough like Silverlight.

        One more thing, as a Silverlight developer it was only my chance to replace flash from my projects, but as you guys stopped working on it; I feel that I wasted my time in learning Silverlight.

        Do start working on Silverlight, Only this will get you back in increasing footprints in website…

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          602 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • rename project in TFS

          Rename existing project in TFS

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          • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

            Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

            Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

            5,798 votes
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              427 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring back Macros

              I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

              If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

              5,257 votes
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                580 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

                Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

              • Support C++11 features

                Support C++11 features

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                  100 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Update 1/2/2014:
                  Support for C++11 began in Visual Studio 2010, which included auto and lambda functions. In Visual Studio 2012, we implemented more of the standard—for example, range-based for loops, standard threads, and futures. Visual Studio 2013 provides even more—variadic templates, delegating constructors, non-static data member initializers, uniform initialization, ‘using’ aliases, and other features.

                  For more information, see the C++ Conformance Roadmap on Soma’s blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/28/cpp-conformance-roadmap.aspx) , and learn about the Future of C++ from Herb Sutter (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/2-306).

                  Finally, this table summarizes conformance by feature, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh567368.aspx.

                  Thanks,
                  Visual C++ Team (ebattali@Microsoft.com)

                • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

                  in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

                  Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

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                    29 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                    Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                    MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                    For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                    3,189 votes
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                      18 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Customize Process Template on Visual Studio Online

                      In Visual Studio Online, allow the ability to change the current process template a created project is using as well as the ability to upload your own process templates to create new projecsts with.

                      3,087 votes
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                      • Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back!

                        Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option to automatically create unit test skeletons for methods and namespaces as it was in VS 2010!

                        3,042 votes
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                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. Though the ALM Rangers have released a workaround for this issue, we will change this item’s status to “Under Review” while we continue to evaluate the feasibility of including this into the product in a future release.

                        • T4 editing

                          T4 is no longer just a tool used internally by VS, but is being increasingly used by developers for code generation. It would be great to have syntax highlighting, intellisense etc. out of the box.

                          I appreciate this is probably more of a Visual Studio feature request than an ASP.NET one, but as T4 is used a lot within ASP.NET projects, particularly MVC ones, I figure it's worth a mention.

                          2,859 votes
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                            27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              25 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support .NET Builds without requiring Visual Studio on the server

                              To build certain PCL libraries and libraries for Windows 8 RT requires having Visual Studio on the server.

                              Nick Berardi writes about a workaround that allows running a build server without VS, but it's really just a workaround for functionality that should be easy.

                              Not to mention there's probably licensing considerations we're just ignoring by doing that.

                              http://nickberardi.com/a-net-build-server-without-visual-studio/

                              Please make it easy (and legal) to build .NET projects on a server without requiring a Visual Studio installation (or license) on that server.

                              2,711 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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…

                                2,618 votes
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                                  45 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Edit & Continue: Allow the modification of lambdas and anonymous methods

                                  This has been split from https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/admin/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2035769-make-edit-and-continue-work-more-globally.

                                  Edit and Continue has always been a staple of Visual Studio development; it's one of the most important features that make it better than other IDEs. In 2002, Visual Studio .Net came out, and didn't have Edit and Continue, which made it very hard to use. In 2003, the new version had Edit and Continue and I was jubilant.

                                  Enable edit and continue for lambda changes; that might mean that you even have to allow edit and continue to add new methods, but that should be possible using light-weight code generation.

                                  (Filed on…

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                                    9 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi,

                                    You can now evaluate lambda expression starting with Visual Studio 2015 Preview http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-2015-downloads-vs

                                    For more information, please, read: Support for debugging lambda expressions with Visual Studio 2015
                                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/11/12/support-for-debugging-lambda-expressions-with-visual-studio-2015.aspx

                                    We are currently working on edit and continue support for Lambdas. I can’t give you an exact time frame as we are quality driven, but we’ll ship it as soon as it is ready so please keep following our 2015 announcements.
                                    There will also be an update on the related UserVoice item: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4079440-edit-continue-allow-the-modification-of-lambda

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                                    Thanks for sharing this suggestion with us and for using Visual Studio!
                                    Maria Ghiondea
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                                  • Improve MFC

                                    Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

                                    1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

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                                      19 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                                      When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

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                                      • Visual Studio for Mac Os x

                                        Dear Madam and sir;

                                        We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Mac Os x.
                                        And language of programming such as:

                                        -C
                                        -C++
                                        -C#
                                        -VB
                                        -F#
                                        -HTML
                                        -MHTML

                                        Thanks,

                                        2,182 votes
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                                          47 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • make it possible to move a Team Project between Team Project Collections

                                          Currently you need to move an existing Team Project to a new Team Project Collection. I would like a feature to move Team Project between Team Project Collections without using TFS Integration Toolkit or other 3rd party tools.

                                          2,121 votes
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