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  1. Add "Open With" menu for attachments in TFS Work Items

    Current, opening an attachment in TFS launches a web browser which then downloads the file.

    Depending on which browser you are using you may have to
    a) log in to TFS again
    b) save the file somewhere
    c) open the file

    It would be much nicer to open the attachment directly from the context menu for the attachment - probably by asking the Windows Shell to open the file.

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    • Include ObservableSet/ObservableHashSet to BCL

      In .NET 3.5 the BCL team finally introduced HashSet. But we had to wait until .NET 4.0 to get an ISet interface. For 4.5, can we please get an ObservableSet or ObservableHashSet (whatever they'd like to call it) class? (For 5.0 I'm planning to ask for a ReadOnlyObservableSet, but I'll try not to overwhelm the BCL team by requesting that too soon.)

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Button to filter the checked in / undo pending changes files to only current project files (Eclipse plugin)

        Any chance of adding to the eclipse plugin, the same button there is in Visual Studio (filter by solution button)?

        If added I think it would be best to add it in the same place and situation when it shows in Visual Studio. In Visual Studio, when I'm about to do any check in I see this:

        https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0002.png

        And when I click the button to filter by solution I see the list shrunk to only the files from the current solution like so:

        https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0003.png

        In Eclipse button I would love similar feature, that would filter the files depending on the…

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        • Add Blend to Open With menu in Windows

          Blend for VS2013 was in Open With menu, but only Visual Studio Version Selector was in suggested apps. Now with Blend for VS2015 it's not even included in Open With menu! Please bring it back at least!

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            0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Auto Recover option in VS2010 Isolated Shell

            In VS2008 Isolated Shell, the auto recover option is available. However, in VS2010 the auto recover is disabled (greyed out). Can you please re-enable this IDE feature for the Isolated Shell?

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Setting for default "filter by solution" state (Visual Studio TFS)

              Any chance to put some setting in visual studios plugin, to enable or disable this setting by default? What I mean is, now every time I'm going into the visual studio's checkin window, I have to hit that button. I would like to decide whether I want for this option to be enabled by default when I go there or not.

              Currenty every time I opne check in I see this:

              https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0002.png

              I'd like to have an option I can set, to always see this:

              https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0003.png

              sincerely
              Lucas

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              • remove modal dialogs

                Remove modal dialogs
                Trying to develop reports using the report designer is bad enough due to the often poor rendering without the pain of having to drill up and down through dialogs each and every time you want to preview it

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                  1 comment  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Synchronous API for Silverlight under Secondary Threads

                  Silverlight (and now Metro) have only asynchronous calls. This is done to avoid developers from using synchronous calls when they should not do it.
                  But, what's the problem of using synchronous calls from secondary threads? It is very easy to check if the thread is the main thread (or even to put a StaticAttribute and check if it is a UI thread or anything else).

                  Synchronous calls avoid unnecessary delegates and complexity and, in many cases, have better performance.

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                    3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms ea

                    Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms easier. Look, I'm not espousing love for C++. It's a language with problems, for sure. But for those of us who want to program for multiple platforms, we don't want to have to port between say, C# and Java or, even worse, C# and objective-C. I am aware that there exist C# to objective-C guidelines published by Microsoft, and that Java and C# are relatively easy to port to one another. That's not the point. The point is that…

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                      1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include Blend for Visual Studio Express for Desktop 2013

                      Blend is not available for people developing WPF apps using VS Express 2013.

                      This means visual states, animations and behaviours are all much trickier to develop.

                      Blend for WPF was previously available for VS Express 2012 and is currently available for VS 2013 as well as other Express 2013 editions, but NOT Express for Desktop 2013.

                      Please update Blend for VS Express Desktop 2013.

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                        0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • using keyword over methods

                        Today the "using" keyword can be used to create try/finally blocks in a easy and safe manner. The problem is that using keyword requires an IDisposable instance.
                        But in many situations we have a start/end approach, lock/unlock or similar that do not return any value and, surely have a better performance if no helper object is created.
                        So, I think that it will be great if void methods can be marked with "finalizer" methods, so when used in a using clause, the compiler can create the right begin/end block.

                        I have a sample at: http://www.paulozemek.com/Polarlight.TestPage.aspx

                        There, the Initialize method is…

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                          3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VS Online REST API: Do not use PATH based syntax for file download...

                          Syntax for downloading file using Visual Studio Online REST API:
                          http://{account}.visualstudio.com/defaultcollection/_apis/tfvc/items/{path}

                          The resource path (Example: $/Project/SomeFolder/SomeFile.txt) is provided as part of the URL.

                          With this syntax, Visual Studio Online default security comes in way of files like web.config

                          Such files are blocked (404) and can't be downloaded using REST API.

                          The REST API should take the resource path as query string parameter.

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                          • Enable Installation of 64Bit Applications

                            For a development tool in 2014 it should be absolutely self-evident that the distribution of real 64Bit Applications is possible without the need to buy a separate license. InstallShield LE is crippled in a lot of features but that's a real show stopper.

                            BTW is it really necessary that Install Shield LE shows so very prominently which features are not available (crippled)? On most pages it's hard to find the few options that are available.

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                              1 comment  ·  InstallShield LE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Attach to process on Android

                              It should be available to attach to any process on Android in MSVS 2015+.

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                                0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve Outlining and Regions

                                * Many of my ASP.NET files lose the ability to collapse HTML. Edit > Outlining does not remain set across uses of VS2010.

                                * When copying #regions the pasted results are no longer collapsed

                                A tad more refinement in outlines and regions would be very useful.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Integrate TFS self-hosting with sharepoint 365 service on the cloud

                                  We're going to move sharepoint on the cloud.
                                  However with our level of customization such as process, builds, etc... and for security reason we can't move TFS on the cloud.
                                  Therefore, I would be great if MS provide the capability to integrate TFS self-hosting with sharepoint 365.

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                                  • When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing

                                    When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing. I'm opening SQL Server Data tools windows in VS 2012, and it is extremely annoying that I can't check in pending changes for my Web/VB.NET/C# projects without saving everything. My trying to check in, a window pops-up asking to save my "query" windows. I click "No", but then it still does not check in my code files (which were previously saved). I have to either save my SQL scripts, or close those windows just so I can continue. It would be best if…

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                                    • Create Test Management Client to run Test Suite

                                      There should be a Test Management client that can be run without or with minimal licencing costs, so that clients can use the tool to run tests on their own. There should be the abilitiy for the client to create bugs directly in TFS out of the test management client.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • More custom branch/merge administrative reporting to list active branches per Release (folder/branch name) & Project and merge status

                                        Ever since I started to work with TFS 2010 (through VS 2008 if it matters) and was tasked with producing administrative reports, I have had a lot of challenges and dead ends. I know that there is an API and the Sidekicks but neither give the details, report scheduling capabilities, zero client involvement, or ease of use that my group requires.

                                        After looking at one of the collection schemas, I only became more frustrated... We aren't using the testing/lab piece of the tool, so the only database relationships available are of little use to us.

                                        My department is heavily involved…

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                                        • Support nmake flags and VS command line prompt switches to build with v110_xp

                                          You claim you reintroduced XP target support into VS 2012.

                                          In fact, you only allow the XP target for IDE projects, but not for build scripts or makefiles (.mak)

                                          Please introduces this missing feature soon, since nearly every application includes a buildscript/makefle based dependency like boost or OpenSSL.

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