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  1. Multithreaded C/C++ linker

    We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

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

      The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

      We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

      Hope that helps.

    • Visual Studio Task Manager

      One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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        11 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Integrate Office365 and Visual Studio Online

        Please integrate Visual Studio Online and Office 365 better, considering that an organization that is interested in Visual Studio Online will be likely to be using Office 365.

        Integration should include:
        - Authentication - users should be able to use their Office365 accounts and not only LiveID.

        - SharePoint site integration - from Visual Studio Online let me configure a site that I can host file sharing from, including the ability to use Office 365 as a SharePoint source. Administrative functionality should be included provided the user has the ability to administer Office365.

        - SharePoint site integration, storyboarding - same…

        1,137 votes
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          27 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

          please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

          1,135 votes
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            63 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make VS scalable by switching to 64 bit

            No matter how fast and efficient VS will be, we will eventually reach some limit.

            I've reached the memory limit since VS 2003 -- around 1.3gb memory usage VS started to give out of memory exceptions. That was using 20-30 projects.

            Nowadays we have more than 70 projects in the solution and VS 2010 doesn't reach the x86 memory limit (on a 64 bit windows). Eventually we'll reach the number of projects that will be the tipping point for VS.

            Using a 64 bit build of VS will enable us to just buy memory and still work with that solution.…

            1,131 votes
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              17 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve performance of Visual Studio builds and other uses better when working with solutions with several projects (ex. 40+)

              When working with a large number of projects in a solution, builds and loading of the solution can become quite slow. We are currently working with around 40 projects and Visual Studio is starting to crawl and this is unfortunate since we are aiming at having possibly over 300 total projects part of the solution due to a modular application design but are afraid of doing so due to performance woes. Making Visual Studio better at handling large projects in terms of performance and also in terms of ease of navigating between projects and their contained files will greatly reduce…

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                18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 1,103 votes
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                  19 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support a .NET 4.0 Service Pack on Windows XP Supporting those .NET 4.0 Bugs Fixed in .NET 4.5

                  This idea is in contrast to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2723735-make-net-4-5-work-on-any-os-that-supports-4-0 and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3116039-support-xp-for-4-5-until-the-end-of-xp-support-, which I do not support. It is parallel to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3095632-make-vs2012-not-hide-net-4-0-bugs-when-targeting-, but I think is the converse of it.

                  Consider a developer who must support customers running Windows XP, and who also is unable or unwilling to debug their applications on a machine separate from their main development machine. Such a developer may feel that he cannot upgrade to Visual Studio 2012, since that installation would replace the .NET 4.0 assemblies on the developer machine, making it impossible for the developer to encounter the fixed .NET 4.0 bugs.

                  Unfortunately, it…

                  1,084 votes
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                    38 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Greatly increase support for GPU programming in C#

                    -Support GPU programming in C# -both general and graphical- on at least equal level with C++. On every Microsoft platform.
                    -Design the future versions (or successor) of DirectX with C# in mind.

                    1,069 votes
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                      17 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide API documentation for the customization of TFS Web Access 2012

                      We would like to customize TFS Web Access 2012 to add new tabs, pages and other content to support our in-house processes. We were able to do this in the previous version of TFS Web Access. But there is no info about doing so in the current version of TFS Web Access.

                      1,013 votes
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                        30 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

                        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

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                          20 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • INotifyPropertyChanged

                          Provide a way for INotifyPropertyChanged to be implemented for you automatically on class.

                          Provide a way for INPC to be done on auto properties (that you mark in some way)....so that you don't have to unroll the auto property into a field, and raise yourself.

                          904 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide refactoring for C++

                            Currently there is almost no refactoring support for C++. Even basic refactoring like renaming is missing.

                            897 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make Code Review available to Professional users

                              Code reviews currently can only be requested and viewed by VS Premium and Ultimate users. I fail to see why this feature is not available to anyone using TFS, regardless of Visual Studio version. If peer code review is required, then all members of the team must do it. However, in our company, we only get Premium MSDN licenses for developers that need it. Not everyone needs all the bells and whistles that come with Premium. And I don't think its worth the extra $5,000, per developer, to upgrade to Premium just to do code review. We would love to…

                              869 votes
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                                30 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  under review  ·  42 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve code analysis

                                  Improve code analysis
                                  - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
                                  - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
                                  - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
                                  - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
                                  - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                                  - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                                  - Detect class used only by one other class…

                                  853 votes
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                                    12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Express

                                    Make Multi-Device Hybrid Apps available for Visual Studio 2013 Express Editions.

                                    843 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow development of Windows Store apps offline - no license required

                                      When developing Windows Store apps, it appears that you must be connected to the internet in order to obtain a 1 month "developer license".

                                      This seems to me to be an unnecessary hurdle to the development process. My employer has an explicit policy that prevents dev machines being Internet connected.

                                      I understand the license is probably an anti-piracy measure (or some means to stop users deploying apps outside the Store), but seems overly heavy-handed for a development environment.

                                      MS, please don't just assume that all your users are Internet connected, all the time. Can we have this fixed pronto, please.

                                      839 votes
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                                        36 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • ability to add multiple activities per team member in sprint

                                        I really like the new feature (may be) in TFS where you can add capacity in the sprint which estimates work by activity.

                                        currently a developer can spend 2/3 of this time in development and 1/3 in bug fixing(testing). so, i would like to see two/more entries per team member to divide their capacity across different activities and properly track the project activities (dev, test, requirements etc etc)

                                        hope you got what I am trying to say.

                                        829 votes
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                                          24 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • provide a way to version-control build definitions

                                          Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

                                          808 votes
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                                            31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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