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  1. Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

    In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

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      Coming soon… we’re building plans for this now. We’re starting with additional fields and tags on cards, but a first class blocked indicator will come shortly after.

      Thanks.
      Aaron Bjork
      @aaronbjork

    • Improve multi language support

      There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

      There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

      329 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XNA for WinRT

        I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

        325 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

          We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

          325 votes
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          • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

            Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

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              8 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

              If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

              Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

              It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

              See the attachment

              323 votes
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                4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                318 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

                  On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

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                  • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                    The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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                      18 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                      Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                      SomeClass value = null;
                      if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                      {
                      dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                      // do something with the item...
                      }

                      This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                      It would be optimal to be able to do:

                      SomeClass value = null;
                      if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                      {
                      // do something with the item...
                      }

                      Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

                      315 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement Deep Zoom / MultiScaleImage

                        Would like this both for feature parity and to provide direct support for the creation of something like a native WPF Bing Maps control. Bridging in Silverlight apps or hosting a web page are not ideal solutions

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make change files faster

                          When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

                          308 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                            Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                            308 votes
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                              19 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring PowerShell support to the editor

                              In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

                              306 votes
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                                19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Speedier F# compiling

                                Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                                303 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Versioning of Work Items

                                  Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

                                  300 votes
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                                  • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

                                    Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

                                    299 votes
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                                    • 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).

                                      296 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support calculated fields in TFS

                                        The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

                                        For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

                                        293 votes
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                                        • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                                          Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                                          The end result would allow this sort of code:

                                          unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                                          {
                                          T t = new T();
                                          T* tPointer = &t;
                                          T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                                          var tSize = sizeof(T);
                                          byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                                          T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                                          }

                                          Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                                          Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                                          291 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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