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  1. 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

    1,309 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

        1,282 votes
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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.…

          1,281 votes
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            18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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

            1,224 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…

              1,199 votes
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                18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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…

                1,120 votes
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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

                • 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.

                  1,099 votes
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                    24 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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…

                    1,086 votes
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                      39 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Extension Properties

                      I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

                      1,084 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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.

                        1,058 votes
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                          15 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

                          Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

                          If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

                          Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

                          1,034 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • rename project folders and files

                            Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

                            I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
                            * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
                            * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
                            * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
                            * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

                            1,009 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

                              1,002 votes
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                                40 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  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.

                                987 votes
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                                  In the new build system coming with TFS 2015 you can see the full history of the changes to your build definition. The feature that is currently missing is the ability to undo or rollback to a previous revision.

                                  For that reason I am marking it as started but not yet complete.

                                • Resolve Airspace iusse to full integrate OpenGL inside WPF

                                  There are many programmers and company that develop applications based on geometrical kernels that use OpenGL for drawing (like CAD/CAM applications) often they have an old MFC application, and to pass to a modern view for their applications and give a new user experience for the user they could make new WPF interfaces very quickly but they can't rewrite an entire kernel to pass from OpenGL to DirectX, so often they prefer to remain with MFC without pass to WPF. This could be a very special thing to have the possibility to use OpenGL fully supported by WPF, without airspace…

                                  985 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

                                    969 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • C++ CLI support for optional parameters for using in C#

                                      in C++ CLI is possible to define an optional parameter like

                                      public void ProvaDefaults([Optional, DefaultParameterValue(true)] bool value)

                                      but in this way the compiler don't use the DefaultParameterValue for setting the correct default value in the metadata (II.15.4.1.4 The .para m directive) that is visible in C#

                                      so in C# the deault parameter is visible but only with the system default value (in the sample reported it is false instead of the wanted true)

                                      961 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • coded ui

                                        Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

                                        953 votes
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                                        • Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

                                          Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

                                          A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

                                          948 votes
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