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  1. Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

    Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

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      9 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

      Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

      240 votes
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        under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

        Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

        There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

        239 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Structure All Nullable Values

          .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

          If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

          class someGenericClass<T>
          {
          T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
          because T may already be null */

          T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
          what you wnat is keep what's null null,
          and turn non-null into null */
          }

          The only problem is that this does not exist!
          If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

          239 votes
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            14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 238 votes
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              15 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 238 votes
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                14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add "Ignore All" and "Reload All" buttons to Reload Project dialog

                When projects and solution is regenerated outside of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio picks detects the change and offers user to Reload or Ignore, it offers one or two dialogs per project. There's no way to "Ignore All" or "Reload All". This is low-cost high-impact feature for many developers who generate their solutions and projects using external tools.

                237 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Ability to constrain linked work items based on rules/conditions

                  For example, I want to prevent the creation of Sprint Tasks before a Product Backlog Item is ready for development, assigned to a Sprint, contains a description, and is prioritized.

                  236 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • JavaScript Navigation toolbar

                    I vote for navigation windows and function/class browser for JavaScript, which we waiting from vs2005

                    236 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                      It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

                      232 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Windows 8 apps in tfspreview hosted build

                        The hosted build controller in Team Foundation Server Preview should support building of Windows 8 applications.

                        232 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Show me all test suites/ test plans a test case belongs to

                          I should be able to find out all the test plans/ test suites in which a given test case is used

                          231 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make Intellisense snappier

                            Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

                            230 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

                              Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

                              226 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11

                                I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

                                224 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                                  Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

                                  224 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                                    Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

                                    222 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Separate WPF designer from xaml text editor

                                      Separating designer from xaml text editor will allow use them on multiple monitors. Also it takes times to open a xaml file because the designer loads. Even if only xaml text editor is visible. I prefer to edit xaml manualy and don't need the designer. If i need it some day, i will open it explicitly

                                      221 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                                        Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

                                        219 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Let lambdas with a statement body be converted to an expression tree

                                          The C# compiler supports translating a lambda expression to an expression tree (System.Linq.Expressions).

                                          Today lambdas with no statement body (only a single statement) are supported just fine.

                                          Expression<Action> x = () => Console.WriteLine("Hello World");

                                          But lambdas with a statement body (braces), which is needed to have multiple statements, doesn't compile.

                                          Expression<Action> y = () => { Console.WriteLine("Hello"); Console.WriteLine("World"); };

                                          I believe there is a lot of awesome stuff not being possible due to this lack of support.

                                          It seems very unproblematic to implement, but if there are any hidden issues with this feature, it would be nice to know so…

                                          219 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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