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  1. Create a MSDN Subscription - Lite version - cheaper and limited tools

    Currently all MSDN subscriptions are expensive for individual developers and they provide all s/w that are not really required by individuals.

    An individual developer, for hobby, can use express editions of SQL Server, does not need Enterprise editions of OS / Office and similar software that increase the cost of MSDN license.

    The suggestion is to create a MSDN Lite subscription that individual developers can buy and will provide tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Azure

    The licensing cost should change little bit-
    * For individual developers, the rates should be lower.
    * For enterprises, the price can be…

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      27 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make XAML a first class citizen of Visual Studio

      Make XAML participate in compile time syntax checking, in code refactoring (e.g. property renames), and in code navigation. Add refactoring (e.g. "Create Style from Element") and other performance features to the XAML code editor (e.g. allow in-place editing of xaml tags so that the end tag changes when you change the begin tag).

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        0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          12 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support WCF RIA Services in WPF

          Requires support from the RIA Services team as well as some additional support from the Cider (WPF Designer) team

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            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Update standalone FxCop to support .NET 4.5 and Portable Libraries

            Please update the standalone version of FxCop to be on par with the latest edition of the Code Analysis in VS 2012 to support developers using the Professional Edition SKU. This implies support for .NET 4.5 and for Portable Libraries.

            1,307 votes
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              58 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide a Visual Basic 6 Community edition - to allow free download of the VB6 programming language

              Make a Visual Basic 6 Community edition free download of the Microsoft VB6 programming language and IDE available.
              Microsoft already have a VS2013 community edition and also a free download of Expression Web.
              Now please allow a 'Community Edition' of VB6.

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                312 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve WPF Editor performance

                Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                1,283 votes
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                  under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Solutions Load Faster

                  Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

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                    5 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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.…

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                      18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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.

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                        20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          11 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.

                        • 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…

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                            41 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Modify the language to allow for observable properties rather than requiring explicit INPC

                            Something more like:

                            public observable int Foo { get; set; }

                            Rather than having to do all the manual event raising required by INotifyPropertyChanged

                            1,210 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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 →
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                                  29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    59 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    As announced in the following blog post, this work is in progress for Visual Studio 2015. A rough preview was available for opt-in in the Visual Studio 2015 RC release, much more complete support will be available in the RTM version with continued improvements in subsequent 2015 Updates

                                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/04/29/c-enc-in-visual-studio-2015.aspx

                                    Best Regards,
                                    Andrew Hall
                                    Visual Studio Debugger

                                  • TFS code review should not require a new code review to be started when code that is already under review is changed based on review comment

                                    It seems that TFS requires a new code review to be started whenever code that is already under review is updated in response to review comments. It is not only unnecessary busy work for a developer to initiate a new review each time a review comment would suggest a change to the code that is already under review is necessary, but it also prevents having a single picture of changes made as a result of the review process.

                                    With the current method, a single logical code review may span multiple physical code reviews and the comments for the single logical…

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                                      Thanks for the suggestion! We’re currently in the planning process for enabling iterations in TFVC code reviews. We’ll come back and update this when we have a better idea of the release timeframe.

                                      Matt Mitrik
                                      TFS Program Manager

                                    • 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.

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                                      • 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…

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                                          39 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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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                                            24 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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