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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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      321 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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        281 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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          641 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

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            460 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

            We will update the community when SlowCheetah has been updated with support for Visual Studio 2015.

            Will Buik,
            Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

          • 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.

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              602 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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                  31 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

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                  • 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…

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                      47 comments  ·  General  ·  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.

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                        19 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

                        Will Buik,
                        Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

                      • 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.

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                          21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            28 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We think this is a fantastic suggestion and have already begun moving project related files into a “.vs” folder at the root of the solution. You can check it out in the latest CTP of Visual Studio 2015. So far, we have moved the .SUO file and the VB/C# compiler IntelliSense database files to the new location. All new project specific, machine local files will be added to the new location too. We plan on taking this even further in future releases and are investigating how to improve the directory structure of build output and other existing files that can clutter the source tree.

                            If you are upgrading an existing solution you may need to clean up the old files at the root of the solution. We don’t delete them to ensure your settings are not lost if you round trip the project with earlier versions of Visual Studio.…

                          • 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.

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                              28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for ES6 modules

                              Add support for the new JavaScript ES6 module syntax, including module definition and imports.

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                                50 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

                                I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

                                During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
                                * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
                                * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
                                * Team Foundation Server Express
                                * SQL Server Express
                                * SQL Server Data Tools
                                * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
                                * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
                                * Entity Framework…

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                                  73 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
                                  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
                                  I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

                                  Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

                                  Kelly Berman
                                  Visual Studio Program Manager

                                • Improve WPF performance

                                  I have a high end PC and still WPF is not always fluent. Just compare it with QT 4.6 QML (Declarative UI) it is sooo FAST!

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                                    10 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      63 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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,

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                                        52 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make WPF open-source and accept pull-requests from the community

                                        Please follow the footsteps of the ASP .NET team and make WPF open-source with the source code on GitHub, and accept pull-requests from the community.

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                                          28 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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 →

                                            A preview of edit and continue support for Lambda expressions is available in the Visual Studio 2015 RC release (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/04/29/net-enc-support-for-lambdas-and-other-improvements-in-visual-studio-2015.aspx). We’re still working through bugs in the capability so we’re not calling it complete yet, but please give it a try and report any problems you encounter with it on the Roslyn GitHub issues page https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn/issues/

                                            Andrew Hall
                                            Visual Studio Debugger

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