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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

      411 votes
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        10 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.

        411 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • C# support static extension methods like f#

          C# support static extension methods like f#

          408 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open links in an actual browser

            Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

            407 votes
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              11 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

              406 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                395 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  General  ·  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.

                  393 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  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…

                    391 votes
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                      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                      387 votes
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                        14 comments  ·  Phone  ·  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.

                        376 votes
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                          8 comments  ·  Project  ·  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…

                          376 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  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…

                            375 votes
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                              22 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

                              With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

                              Please provide us with a replacement that:
                              -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
                              -Allows direct access to the VGA.
                              -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
                              -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
                              -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

                              358 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  Games  ·  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…

                                350 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                                  349 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • GPGPU programming

                                    It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
                                    especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

                                    343 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add git support for CodeLens

                                      I've been using the VS2013 preview for a few weeks now, and love it. CodeLens stuff is really really cool, but some of the lenses only work with TFS as the version control. Adding the ability for these CodeLenses (author, commits) to work with other VCS (git first please!) would be excellent!

                                      341 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bring PowerShell support to the editor

                                        In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

                                        338 votes
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                                          16 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

                                          A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

                                          333 votes
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                                            10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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