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  1. Add date time picker control to Windows 8 Metro XAML

    date time picker control is a must have control for many apps. It's missing in current Windows 8 Metro XMAL.

    476 votes
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      28 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • TFS to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets.

      It would be very useful if TFS has the ability to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets in a single operation.
      This would eliminate the need to create too many branches for each development project.

      474 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow extensions/plugins for VS Express

        That way I could use ReSharper, etc, with a nice lightweight version of VS.

        I don't use TFS, nor MSTest, etc.

        473 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • ...develop an empowering Process Template editor!!

          The current editor's user experience is a barrier to process improvement through customization of of the template itself. The idea that an out of the box process template will satisfy all customer needs (or even one of the several shipped by MSFT) will be a limiting factor on meaningful and valuable implementations of the product.

          466 votes
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            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Windows Phone 8 Development on non-SLAT processors

            I'm sure there are many developers out there with "older" systems that are completely capable of running Windows 8 64-bit and Visual Studio 2012 but are not able to develop and test Windows Phone 8 applications because of Microsoft's choice to make the Windows Phone 8 emulator a Hyper-V virtual machine. There should be a mechanism to run the emulator using either VMware Player or VirtualBox which will use SLAT if it's present but will continue to work if it isn't or update Hyper-V to do the same.

            I don't understand this choice as I am able to write applications…

            455 votes
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              27 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow use of DataTestMethod / DataRow in all unit testing projects

              As I understand it these attributes are limited to use in WinRT/Metro and now with update 2, Windows Phone 8. It would be very helpful to be able to use them in all test projects e.g.

              [DataTestMethod]
              [DataRow("a", "b")]
              [DataRow(" ", "a")]
              public void TestMathos1(string value1, string value2)
              {
              Assert.AreEqual(value1 + value2, string.Concat(value1, value2));
              }

              454 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Keep WP7.1 and XNA/WP app development in Visual Studio 2013

                In the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 it's no longer possible to develop apps for WP7.1 or XNA WP apps (WP8 works fine). Please keep this platform supported in this new version of Visual Studio, thanks.

                440 votes
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                  15 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Improve project F# model

                  Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

                  425 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visualize relationships between branches based on changesets

                    I'd like to see an overview graph of branches to determine how branches were created, merged or synchronized. Actually I have to find the right changeset to get the same information. When working with a lot of branches like we do (feature-driven development) it would be very helpful to obtain rapidly an overview of latest actvitities among the branches (especially for synchronizing branches).The graph could be visualized as DGML and rendered in Visual Studio.

                    420 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

                      I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

                      419 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style

                        The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.

                        418 votes
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                          24 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

                          Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

                          For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

                          417 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

                            I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

                            When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

                            When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

                            412 votes
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                              under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add CodeLens support to Team Foundation Service

                              Add CodeLens support to Team Foundation Service

                              397 votes
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                                13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • XAML Debugger

                                I would really like xaml debugger! I think that this caution is necessary! very difficult to find errors in the xaml.

                                396 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make it a lot more lightweight and modular

                                  I don't use a lot of the features that VS provides and I imagine that a lot of people are in the same boat. eg..MSTest, all items on Analyze menu item, all items on Architecture menu item, items on Data menu item, toolbox. I reckon that if VS could be modularised even more so that users can stop having to install everything then it would hopefully improve performance and stop it feeling like a monolithic beast. I know that some work has been done on this front but I feel that you need to be way more extreme/critical.

                                  To highlight…

                                  389 votes
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                                    12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                                    Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                                    public class Foo
                                    {
                                    public void DoBar()
                                    {
                                    new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                                    }

                                    private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                                    {
                                    // Get Baz from qux here...
                                    }
                                    }

                                    This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                                    The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

                                    383 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Better project reload

                                      If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

                                      382 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension

                                        In the Visual Studio Git extension cloning a repo ignores submodules. When a repo is cloned it should perform a recursive clone through the submodules.

                                        Also, submodules are not shown correctly for commits. Please add support for git submodules.

                                        380 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to move more than one file at once in TFS source control

                                          It is currently only possible to move files one by one in TFS source control, which means that it takes a lot of time to move several files from one place to another place. It would be great if one could select multiple files and move them to another place at once.

                                          377 votes
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                                            13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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